The Word: Authors mourn Elmore Leonard

Writer Elmore Leonard. Credit: Getty
Elmore Leonard died on Monday. Credit: Getty

Famed writer and screenwriter Elmore Leonard died Monday at the age of 87. The writer had 45 published books under his belt and was the mastermind behind such Hollywood hits as “Get Shorty,” “3:10 to Yuma” and the television show “Justified.”

He died at his home in Detroit after complications from a stroke. Authors reacted to the news on Twitter, including Anne Rice who wrote, “Few writers have given me so much uncomplicated, unpretentious pleasure for so long. He’ll be missed, greatly” to Ian Rankin, who quipped, “Elmore Leonard died? Sad news. What a great writer. Gave me a few tips once. I ignored most of them…”

And Dennis Lehane wrote this note on his Facebook page: “One of the biggest influences on my own work, if not the biggest. When it came to writing dialogue, he sat on the mountaintop while the rest of us wandered in the valley. He’s truly irreplaceable. The world is poorer for his leaving it.”


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