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Old 08-20-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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Sad news: RIP Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard died Tuesday morning after complications from a stroke. He was 87.

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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. More to follow.
Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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I just heard about this as well. So sorry to hear this. RIP.
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Amazing that he was still writing at 87. Published a couple of works in 2012, and according to fantastic Fiction working on another to be published in 2014. What a guy

Sad that he is dead, but what a productive life fiction-wise.

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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Even if you haven't read one of his books you've undoubtedly seen a movie or TV show based on one of them.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:10 PM   #6
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Mr. Majestyk was the first non-western of his I read. And the movie followed the book better than most have.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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Hombre was my introduction. It was a very good in both forms! I just liked the story.
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He was passed the hard-boiled genre from his predecessors and he adapted it and made it his own. Who has the torch passed on to?

He entertained me for years and I will sorely miss his wit and cast of characters.

Perhaps like the estate of Robert B. Parker an author(s) might be found to expand Elmores universe.

Here's hoping.
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Mr. Majestyk was the first non-western of his I read. And the movie followed the book better than most have.
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What I like about his works is that unlike so many books, movies, tv shows, he never worried about cultural correctness.
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Interesting fact: he had his first bestseller at age 60.

Rest in peace, Mr. Leonard. You will be missed, but your books will live on.
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Interesting fact: he had his first bestseller at age 60.

Rest in peace, Mr. Leonard. You will be missed, but your books will live on.
Huh! I've read some of his Westerns recently, and they were written in or before the early 1970's (i.e. over 40 years ago). They were well known, but I guess they never hit the bestseller mark. I'm mildly surprized to hear that.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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Another memoir of his days as a copyrighter:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...opywriter.html

I'm a bit hesitant to admit it but I don't think I've read any of his work as it is outside my 'normal' tbr mountain. What's your top recommendation either (preferably) stories or novels.
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Get Shorty was is a good one. Mr. Majestyk was my favorite although others are better.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:05 PM   #15
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Thanks Apache, I trust your judgment and have certainly heard of both of those.

I ran across the Trio of his novels including Get Shorty....I think I'll grab it.

http://www.amazon.com/Elmore-Leonard...Elmore+Leonard

Well after reading the Intro to "Tishomingo Blues" at Amazon and rolling around on the floor laughing for a bit....I pressed the Buy Button.

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