Elmore "Dutch" Leonard
One of the greats in modern genre literature, Dutch Leonard, has passed away from complications of a stroke suffered last month. He was 87.
His stories and books are too many to list here, but here's the opening of the wiki:
|Born||(1925-10-11)October 11, 1925
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Died||August 20, 2013(2013-08-20) (aged 87)
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
|Genres||Pulp fiction, Westerns, crime fiction|
Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown. Leonard's short stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current TV series on FX, Justified.
I was a long-time fan, read all his books I could find, and have reviewed Justified here, along with some fun connections to Leonard's other work in his most recent Raylan.
We never met, though we did once exchange a couple of letters, back in the papermail days.
He had written a book about a prison escape, (Out of Sight) which was later made into a movie starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, and in the book, got some gun stuff wrong.
That was unusual for him, so I dropped him a note. Did he know that the chances of the character using a .38 auto pistol were really slim?
Actually, yes, he said. He had written .380 auto, and a helpful copy editor had "fixed" it for him, assuming he had made a mistake. He hoped to get the next edition of the book changed back.
It was an affable exchange, and as I recall, his letter was handwritten.