Elmore Leonard, Gritty Detroit Crime Novelist & Screenwriter Passes Away

Today, on Elmore Leonard's personal Facebook Page, his long-time researcher Gregg Sutter writes, "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."

Elmore Leonard, 87, is a renowned Detroit novelist, whose gritty crime novels have been adapted to both film and TV. Leonard wrote 45 novels over his lifetime, including The Big Bounce, The Moonshine War, Valdez is Coming, Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Out of Sight, Cuba Libre, Pagan Babies, Tishomingo Blues, A Coyote’s In the House, The Hot Kid, Comfort to the Enemy, Djibouti and Raylan, a deeper exploration into the main character of the cable TV program "Justified", based on his novella, Fire in the Hole. He was well into the 46th novel when he suffered a stroke earlier this month.

The novelist's many accomplishments on screen include movies "Jackie Brown," "Get Shorty," "3:10 to Yuma" and the acclaimed cable TV show "Justified." Two years ago, Northern Michigan welcomed Leonard to the National Writers Series, and he sat down with MyNorth Media for this Q&A, Traverse City Event TC Writers Series: Elmore Leonard.

International and national media have exploded with coverage today of Elmore's accomplishments calling him, "the Dickens of Detroit," by the Detroit News, "the best-selling chronicler of schemers …," by ABC News and the bard of crime by the New York Times, which went on to link to the MyNorth Media story mentioned above and comment on his association with Doug Stanton and the National Writers' Series.