One of the best and most popular crime fiction writers in America, Elmore Leonard, passed away at age 87. According to the announcement made over his own Web site at elmoreland.com, the writer drew his last breath in his home at around 7:15 am surrounded by his family after suffering from a stroke several weeks ago.
For new readers of this generation, not many may be familiar with the great man but it can be a good start to check out why Hollywood has its own fondness with the books he wrote. More than 25 of his written books were turned into films and shows on television, the earliest ones with Hombre, a 1967 movie. Other books he wrote that had a film adaptation were 3:10 to Yuma and The Big Bounce.
Even during his last years, Mr Leonard did not show of any slowing down and went working for his 46th book. So if you are a newbie with his works or if you are an all time fan who wants to look back and relieve the peak of his writing years, here are top 5 books that are definitely worth remembering:
This could be deemed as the most popular novel of Mr Leonard. It also had its own film adaptation in year 1995 which starred John Travolta and Danny DeVito. This is one of his rare novels that come with a happy ending.
Three-Ten To Yuma, And Other Stories
This is one of his classics that is classified as a short story. It was even made into two movies with a 1957 version and the other one made in 2007.
This is hailed as one of the best Western Stories in history. It tells the story of John Russell, actually an Apache man who went on a cross-country adventure to live as a white man.
Out of Sight
The not so ordinary story of a robber on the run and the girl he has the hots for, a U.S. Marshal. The best parts of this book? How Mr Leonard aced all the flirtatious and naughty dialogues.
With all these, Mr Leonard's legacy is set to live on especially through the words he has written on his very own books.
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