Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist whose best-sellers included Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Maximum Bob, died Tuesday morning at his Detroit-area home, according to statements from his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter and .
He was 87 and was recently hospitalized after a stroke.
In March 2010, . As Noah wrote then, “Leonard has written 43 books, almost all of which have been optioned for films. His fans — there are many — say he’s the best crime writer ever, and they can recognize any page based on the sound.”
Leonard explained that sound this way:
“Well, when people ask me about my dialogue, I say ‘Well, don’t you hear people talking?’ That’s all I do. I hear a certain type of individual. I decide this is what he should be, whatever it is, and then I hear him. Well, I don’t hear anybody that I can’t make talk.”