Well-known crime writer dies

2013-08-20 16:14
 
Los Angeles - Elmore Leonard, one of America’s greatest crime novelists dubbed the "Dickens of Detroit", has died, his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter confirmed.

Leonard was 87. According to a statement on his website Leonard died at 07:15 on Tuesday at his Bloomfield Village home from complications of a stroke.

He had been hospitalised since suffering the stroke in early August.

A worldly former advertising man, Leonard had a particular gift for the snappy, visceral dialogue of the street and of the cop shop.

Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown. Leonard's short stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current TV series on FX, Justified.

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