Author Elmore Leonard dies at 87

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LOS ANGELES - MAY 24: Author Elmore Leonard poses during a portrait session prior to a reading and signing of his latest novel "Up In Honey's Room" on May 24, 2007 at Book Soup in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Elmore Leonard

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 2:04 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Elmore Leonard, a former adman who later in life became one of America's foremost crime writers, has died. He was 87.

His researcher, Gregg Sutter, says Elmore passed away Tuesday morning from complications from a stroke.

Leonard's books were populated by pathetic schemers, clever con men and casual killers. And many of the novels -- notably "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" -- were made into films. Critics adored his simple, direct language.

More recently, he served as executive producer of the FX drama, "Justified," which featured as its centerpiece U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a recurring Leonard character.

Earlier in his career, the man known to friends as "Dutch" wrote Western novels and stories, but his major commercial success didn't come until the 1980s.

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