I read some of his stuff, it is terrific. And "Get Shorty" is one of my favorite movies. I heard today that his first novel was rejected 84 times before it was published. That's perseverance.
That is NOT the kind of news I wanted to start my day with. ****.
RIP to a fantastic writer.
On one hand, you're never happy to see a person pass away, especially someone so talented who created so many interesting books/characters. On the other hand, he lived a long life and will certainly be remembered for all his contributions to crime and noir fiction. RIP
“To his admiring peers, Mr. Leonard did not merely validate the popular crime thriller; he stripped the form of its worn-out affectations, reinventing it for a new generation and elevating it to a higher literary shelf.”
Elmore Leonard was probably my second favorite living writer, behind only James Ellroy. His gift for dialogue was unparalleled and the only real criticism I can mount is that sometimes his books could get too breezy. It is great that the writers of Justified have captured his style so well so he can, to a degree, live on.