Elmore Leonard

(b. 1925) American thriller writer

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(1925– ),

American writer, born in New Orleans, and educated at the University of Detroit. He began his literary career writing westerns, but as the cult of the western declined he moved to crime writing, producing many titles, including City Primeval (1980), Glitz (1985), Freaky Deaky (1988), Get Shorty (1990), and Rum Punch (1992). Admired for his terse dialogue, vividly observed locations, laconic wit and short scenes of direct action, he has been acclaimed as the heir to Hammett and Chandler, and many of his works have been successfully filmed.

Subjects: Literature.

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