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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies

Famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard dies

By Dennis McLellan August 20, 2013
Elmore Leonard, whose character- and dialogue-driven urban tales of con men, hustlers and killers such as "Glitz," "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight" earned him a reputation as one of America's greatest crime novelists and one of Hollywood's favorite storytellers, died Tuesday. He was 87…. http://www.herald-mail.com/breakingnews/la-me-elmore-leonard-20130821%2C0%2C1238346.story

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Leonard was newly married when he launched his literary career in 1951, moonlighting as a writer of western short stories for the then-thriving pulp magazine market.

His first western novel, "The Bounty Hunters," was published in 1953. Four more of his western novels were published over the next eight years, while two of his short stories were being turned into movies — "The Tall T," starring Randolph Scott; and "3:10 to Yuma," starring Glenn Ford (and remade in 2007 with Russell Crowe).

After the market for westerns dried up in the 1960s, Leonard switched to writing contemporary crime novels, the literary genre that made him a worldwide critical favorite and earned him fans ranging from Nobel laureate Saul Bellow to President George W. Bush to director Quentin Tarantino.

Beginning with "The Big Bounce" in 1969, Leonard turned out dozens of crime novels, including "Mr. Majestyk," "Swag," "Gold Coast," "Split Images" and "Stick." His 1983 novel "La Brava" earned him an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America…. http://www.herald-mail.com/breakingnews/la-me-elmore-leonard-20130821%2C0%2C1238346.story


McLellan is a former Times staff writer.

Times staff writer Steve Chawkins contributed to this report.














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