Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Birthday To Elmore Leonard

As notes, today is the birthday of one of my favorite crime writers, the late Elmore Leonard.

Born in Louisiana in 1925, Elmore Leonard was inspired by Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front.

Leonard's determination to be a writer stayed with him through a stint in the U.S. Navy and a job in advertising. His early credits include mostly Westerns, including 3:10 to Yuma.

When that genre became less popular, Leonard turned to crime novels set in Detroit, Michigan, including Get Shorty, Jackie Brown and Out of Sight.

The prolific writer died in Detroit on August 20, 2013, at age 87.

You can read the rest of the piece and watch a short video of Elmore Leonard's life via the below link:

You can also read my Crime Beat column on Elmore Leonard via the below link:

Below are the jacket covers of some of his crime novels:


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