Elmore Leonard, writer of sharp, colorful crime stories, dead at 87

The Lead with Jake Tapper

(CNN) — Elmore Leonard — the award-winning mystery writer whose snappy dialogue, misfit characters and laconic sense of humor produced such popular works as “Get Shorty,” “Hombre,” “Fifty-Two Pickup” and “Out of Sight” — has died, according to his literary agent, Jeffrey Posternak. He was 87.

The cause of death was not given, but Leonard had suffered a stroke two weeks ago. According to his website, the author died at his home in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

Leonard’s succinct writing style — he favored brief exchanges of dialogue leavened with wit and a keen sense of person and place — made him a favorite of Hollywood, which turned several Leonard novels and stories into films and TV programs. (The newest Leonard adaptation, the film “Life of Crime,” based on his novel “The Switch,” will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.)

He was also incredibly prolific. At the time…

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