Martin Amis, Ian Rankin and Jackie Collins are among fellow authors and fans paying tribute to the US crime writerFans and fellow writers have paid tribute to US crime writer Elmore Leonard after he died yesterday, from complications associated with a stroke suffered in July.Award-winning crime writer Ian Rankin told the Guardian: “Elmore Leonard could write hard-boiled and soft-boiled. He could make you laugh at a one-liner and wince at a scene of brutal violence. He could write westerns, crime stories, and political satire. And all of it in the leanest prose imaginable. In short, he was a master.”The style and humour of Leonard’s writing won him fans across the globe during a 60-year career in which he wrote 45 novels, including Get Shorty in 1990, which catapulted him to fame when it became a blockbuster film starring John Travolta.In the Guardian, Mark Lawson wrote: “The plots … were largely a mechanism for Leonard to get his characters talking – the literary skill at which he excelled. A man who insisted that his prose style was achieved by leaving out what fancier writers left in was notable in his dialogue for putting in the things that many novelists left out: …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books