Best-selling crime novelist Elmore Leonard died Tuesday from complications of a stroke he suffered last month. He was 87.
The author of “Get Shorty” and “Glitz” was surrounded by family at his home in Detroit when he passed away, according to a brief statement posted on elmoreleonard.com.
Leonard, known for his gritty, snappy dialogue, wrote nearly 50 novels during a career spanning six decades.
More than half of his works were turned into movies or television series, such as the shoot-‘em up western story “3:10 Yuma” and “The Big Bounce.”
Leonard, who was awarded an honorary National Book Award in 2012, once said the purpose of his books was to entertain himself.
“I feel that if I am entertained, then there will be enough other readers who will be entertained, too," he said.
But success came late in his career. Leonard didn’t have a best-seller until 1985 when “Glitz” was published.
Leonard married three times and had five children with his first wife.