His novels kept me entertained on airplanes, cruise ships, in airports, hotel rooms and at pools and beaches around the world. Elmore Leonard wrote the books that were easy to read, diverting, enthralling and wonderfully witty. And today, according to sources such as the Huffington Post, the popular crime novelist has passed away, “Famed novelist Elmore Leonard died Tuesday morning after complications from a stroke at his home in Bloomfield Village. He was 87,” I read with tears in my eyes in today’s online Huffington Post.
The news of his passing was shared in a post on Leonard's Facebook page, that said, “The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family.”
Your LA Travel Diva has a library of Leonard books, each one read with relish. Many have tried but few could imitate his unique dialogue, irony, sense of humor and sometimes despair. He was sort of the George Carlin of novelists, a unique individual who was born in New Orleans and settled in Detroit, where many of his stories took place.
The Post stated that, “Leonard has written 45 books and was at work on a 46th, according to the Detroit Free Press. His crime novels have won the praise of readers and critics.” He will be missed.
Sympathy to his family may he R.I.P.