Elmore Leonard, the popular mystery and western author of such bestsellers as "Get Shorty", which was then adapted into a movie of the same name starring John Travolta http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113161/ and "52 Pick-Up" which was adapted into a movie twice, the last time starring Roy Scheider http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090567/?ref_=sr_1.
Leonard was a stylist. His dialogue was spare and tight. His characters quick and smart. "Get Shorty" was a superb book about a mobster, who wanted to get out of the life by going to Hollywood and making movies. "Be Cool", the sequel to Get Shorty was too much of the same thing, but the characters were cool cats.
Recently, Leonard had several of his novels and short stories, including "Pronto"http://www.amazon.com/Pronto-Novel-Elmore-Leonard/dp/0062120336/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377100021&sr=1-1&keywords=pronto+by+elmore+leonard, "Riding the Rap" http://www.amazon.com/Riding-Rap-Novel-Elmore-Leonard/dp/0062122479 and "Fire in the Hole" about Marshall Raylan Givens into the hit television show "Justified"http://www.fxnetworks.com/justified. On the show, Givens is a tough lawman, quick with a gun, but a lot smarter than the the conniving drug dealers and Dixie Mafia that he goes against.
In 2012, Leonard published "Raylan" another book about Givens http://www.amazon.com/Raylan-A-Novel-Elmore-Leonard/dp/0062119478.
Leonard will be missed.