Family ‘guardedly optimistic’ – the 87-year-old American mystery and crime writer is ‘showing great spirit’ in a Detroit hospitalCelebrated US crime fiction writer Elmore Leonard is recovering in a hospital in Detroit after suffering a stroke at the age of 87, just months after his 45th novel, Raylan, was published in the UK. Leonard had begun work on novel number 46.The prolific crime novelist, dubbed “the Dickens of Detroit”, is loved for his masterful social observation and no-nonsense style, and has a reputation for writing some of the best opening lines in the business.”Elmore had a stroke; it happened a week ago, last Monday. He’s doing better every day, and the family is guardedly optimistic,” the author’s researcher Greg Sutter said. “He’s showing great spirit. He’s a fighter, and we’re glad to see that.”Hollywood directors have transformed many of Leonard’s plots for the big screen, including his 1990 novel Get Shorty, which became a blockbuster starring John Travolta, elevating Leonard to cult status.His fifth novel, Hombre, was made into a western starring Paul Newman in 1967, and the 1992 book, Rum Punch, was adapted by Quentin Tarantino for the film Jackie Brown. In 1998, director Steven Soderbergh turned Out of …read more

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