The crime writer known as ‘the Dickens of Detroit’ has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke in July this yearThe American crime writer Elmore Leonard, who suffered a stroke at the end of July, has died at the age of 87.”Elmore passed away this morning at 7:15 AM at home surrounded by his loving family,” announced his official website, elmoreleonard.com.The author of 45 novels, Leonard had been dubbed “the Dickens of Detroit”. His snappy dialogue, pared-down style and social awareness led many to consider him the greatest contemporary crime author, with Martin Amis describing Get Shorty as a “masterpiece” and Philip Hensher declaring that he “walked all over Raymond Chandler”. “But perhaps the time has come to drop the qualification of genre: he is just the great American novelist of the great American comedy,” Hensher continued.Leonard started out writing westerns before turning to crime fiction. Many of his books became Hollywood hits, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, based upon his Rum Punch.Tributes are pouring in on Twitter, with crime novelist Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) tweeting, “Elmore Leonard died? Sad news. What a great writer. Gave me a few tips once. I …read more

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