Elmore Leonard, the amazing crime novelist who wrote Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and the short story 3:10 to Yuma, passed away on Tuesday from complications from a stroke. Leonard, known to his friends as Dutch, died at his home in Bloomfield Village, Michigan. He was 87 years old.
If you're not familiar with Leonard's books, you probably know his film and television adaptations. Quentin Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown was based on Leonard's book Rum Punch, and the FX series Justified is based on his short story Fire in the Hole.
Across his more than 40 novels, Leonard's writing features sparse, crackling dialogue, and a bevy of gritty antiheroes and whip-smart double-crosses. He was once described as "incapable of writing an uninteresting sentence," and I couldn't agree more. His characters are laser-cut, blackly humorous, and above all: cool.
In honor of Mr. Leonard's work over the years, here are 10 quotes from his books to give you an idea of his style: