One of the great crime writers has passed at age 87. Elmore Leonard wrote a ton of great books over the years: Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Rum Punch, Out of Sight, 52 Pickup as well as books that gave us the character Rayland Givens and the TV show Justified, one of the best TV shows on the air today. He also wrote a bunch of westerns that made it to film. Joe Kidd, 3:10 to Yuma, etc.
I’ve read most of his books. I remember when I discovered him, I read stacks of his books over the course of a few months. He had a very unique voice and he will be missed, but 87 is a good run.
UPDATE: Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. They’re excellent.