Elmore John Leonard Jr. is a popular American novelist and screenwriter.
Leonard, or “Dutch” as he is sometimes called, got his first break in the fiction market during the 1950s, regularly publishing pulp western novels. He has since forayed into mystery, crime, and more topical genres, as well as screenwriting.
Leonard has been called ‘the Dickens of Detroit” because of his intimate portraits of people from that city. Leonard’s ear for dialogue and ability to render dialogue on the printed page are uncanny and have been praised by writers as diverse as Saul Bellow and Martin Amis.
A number of Leonard’s novels have been adapted as films, perhaps most notably ?Out of Sight?, ?Get Shorty?, and ?Rum Punch? as the 1997 film ?Jackie Brown?.
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