American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue that helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died on Tuesday (August 20). He was 87. Leonard had suffered a stroke on July 29. Hollywood had an affinity for Leonard's books, and more than 25 of his works were made into movies or TV shows like 'Get Shorty,' '3:10 to Yuma' and 'Justified.'
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