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RIP Elmore Leonard

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by HC, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    A great American author. Sad but his work will live for a very, very long time.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    One of my favorite authors ever...

    Rum Punch and Out of Sight are my favorites of his, but there are so many great ones...

  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    The master of writing strong dialogue.

    RIP, Dutch.
  5. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    Esquire posted a link to his appearance in the "What I've Learned" column in memoriam. Can't think of anything better than Leonard's own words.

  6. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    A truly great writer worth getting lathered up over and there's crickets here when he kicks it.
    Raymond Chandler was the king, but Elmore was the master of crime dialogue.
    Check out a short story of his called "Fire in the Hole."
    Inspired the TV show Justified.
  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Inspired Jackie Brown, too.
  8. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Brilliant writer. My favorites were probably "Glitz" and "Freaky Deaky" (which was his favorite, too), but Leonard's weakest stuff was still better than 99% of what's out there.

    The only person in his league for writing dialogue was George V. Higgins, but Higgins couldn't touch Leonard's ability to create characters and push a story forward.
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Contemporaries, you mean?

    How does his dialgoue compare to say, Hemingway's dialogue?
  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Nelson DeMille writes comparably good dialogue, too.
  11. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    Very sad to hear this. I discovered his writing when I was in high school and just devoured it. Such great characters. I love that this week's "Breaking Bad" included the line "fire in the hole." Maybe it was a nod to Leonard, maybe not, but I like to think it was.
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