Another beloved author has left us this week, Elmore “Dutch” Leonard. Known for his westerns and nouveau-noir crime novels, Leonard was popularly said to have “transcended genre” – which is lit-crit speak for “dang, these books are so good that we’ve got to give some explanation of why we like them.”
But Leonard, who famously said, “if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it” would have had none of that. And neither will I. So settle back with a stiff drink for a classic caper (Swag is probably my favorite) or saddle up for a dusty ride (here’s a nice sampling), or relax with one of the many films based on his books (how can you resist Get Shorty?), and enjoy a great American author for what he was: a good old-fashioned story-teller — one of the best.