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Elmore Leonard: Reflections on a criminal mastermind

Reading Elmore Leonard’s genre fiction, you were never sure who the hero was. It could be a mobbed-up loan shark (Chili Palmer in Get Shorty), a badge-carrying U.S. marshal with a felon for a father (Raylan Givens in Pronto), or even a flight attendant smuggling cash for a black-market gunrunner (Jackie Burke in Rum Punch). Leonard, who died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at age 87, never shied away from moral ambiguity. And his zippy, dialogue-driven prose style made him a favorite of readers and filmmakers alike.

Born in New Orleans, Leonard spent a nomadic childhood with his father, a dealership site locator for General Motors. Then in 1934, three pivotal events shaped Leonard’s future: His family settled in Detroit, the Tigers made it to the World Series (and won the title the following year), and the twentysomething gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow ended their two-year, headline-grabbing crime spree with a deadly police ambush in northern Louisiana. Leonard became a lifelong devotee of crime stories, sports, and the Motor City — which he continued to call home until the end.

Elmore Leonard dies at age 87

Elmore Leonard, the best-selling author, died on Aug. 20 at age 87, according to his Facebook page – three weeks after suffering a stroke.

“The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family,” the post on his page read. READ FULL STORY

Elmore Leonard recovering from stroke

Prolific novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard is currently in a Detroit area hospital, where he is recovering from a stroke he suffered a week ago, according to The Detroit News. READ FULL STORY

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