Elmore Leonard Dies

Elmore Leonard Dies

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Acclaimed crime novelist Elmore Leonard, a.k.a the “Dickens of Detroit,” passed away this morning after complications from a stroke. He was 87. His regrettably unfinished Blue Dreams would have been 46th in a string of hit novels often adapted for the big and small screens. “He was the most original and most influential American writer of the last 30 years,” said friend and author Otto Penzler. “He changed so much about crime fiction; he elevated the entire genre.” (Photo credit: MDCarchives).

More: The Detroit News

This article originally appeared on Zola Books.