Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013, Master Mystery and Western Author (Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Out of Sight)

Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013, was a great American craftsman of mysteries and westerns. Leonard wrote Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Be Cool, and many other novels.

From Literary Reference Center:

Although Elmore Leonard became a published novelist with film credits within the Western genre, his lasting contribution to world culture will certainly be his crime fiction in the distinctive Leonard style — reticent, understated prose and evocative but understated descriptions — and the film adaptations of his works. The quality of Leonard’s storytelling is enhanced by the insights and complexities with which he invests his characters. Although he is known for his exact descriptions of Detroit and the sordid characters who populate industries from organized crime to filmmaking to the recording industry, Leonard is able to create characters who are white and male (Chili Palmer) as well as those that are black and female (Jackie Brown) and characters who are vulnerable males (Vince Majestyk) as well as indomitable females (Karen Sisco).