Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 21, 2013

10 things to know about Elmore Leonard

MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — DETROIT (AP) — Ten things to know about Elmore Leonard, the acclaimed crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87.

1. He wrote on paper.

2. He hated many of the movies made from his work.

3. He had fans in all walks of life.

4. Authors loved Leonard’s 10 rules for writing.

5. Family and friends didn’t call him “Elmore.”

6. He believed in word economy.

7. A few directors “got” Leonard.”

8. He was a Motor City guy.

9. He was a Motor City guy, part II.

10. Leonard never got to finish novel No. 46.

“Raylan,” which was out in 2012, now stands as his final novel. He told the AP at the end of last year that he was excited about his next work, which centered around a rogue Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and bull riding. The working title was “Blue Dreams.” Gregg Sutter, Leonard’s longtime researcher, said Tuesday the book also would have featured Raylan Givens, the Stetson-wearing U.S. marshal from “Raylan” and his short story, “Fire in the Hole” — the basis for the FX series “Justified.”