A sad day for me. I loved Elmore Leonard's witty dialogue and great story telling. I feel like I've spent months in Florida due to reading his books, and yet I've never been there. I feel like when I do I'll be right at home because he just made you feel like you're there in the story as a fly on the wall.
I really loved Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, Rum Punch, Cat Chaser, Touch, Be Cool (this one was a great book and a GODAWFUL movie... how they ruined that I'll never know, but casting the Rock was genius, because it was OBVIOUS from reading it that it was exactly the person Elmore was describing when writing the book), Touch, and many many others.
When I dropped out of high school my dad said I still had to study six hours a day if I wanted to stay in his home. He was a licensed and retired teacher, and he decided to just start throwing books at me and making me read one or two a week. I read all of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels in about a month. Then he threw Elmore's books at me and told me to go for it. I dove right in and loved them.
He will be missed.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08