Hollywood always loved Elmore Leonard. The prolific novelist-screenwriter, who died Tuesday at age 87, didn't always return the affection.
Over the course of Leonard's six-decade do-si-do with the entertainment industry, his plain-spoken prose provided the basis for dozens of movies and TV shows across several genres: westerns and crime pot-boilers, dramas and comedies.
The best of them capture the bestselling author's identification with knock-around guys doing morally dubious things — usually under the threat of gun violence — and crackle with Leonard's singular brand of street-wise cool.
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