Crime and Western novelist Elmore Leonard passed away on August 19 2013. Leonard was an incredibly prolific writer and acknowledged as a master of the lean, mean crime novel by his many, many fans as well as other writers.
Despite his tremendous achievements as a writer, the movie fan in me has to talk about the tremendous legacy he left behind in film.
His knack for great dialogue, interesting characters and intense situations made his work a natural fit for the movies and even some great television.
Here are some of my favorite books and their terrific movie adaptations available at SCCLD libraries.
"Fire in the Hole" is the jumping off point for this series about the Leonard character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (also featured in Pronto and Riding the Rap). Elmore Leonard was one of the executive producers of the series.
Director Delmer Daves' very lean and faithful adaptation of the Leonard short story, 3:10 to Yuma. The spare storytelling and excellent performances from Glenn Ford and Van Heflin create a near classic.
Director James Mangold took the earlier film which had expanded on Leonard's story and then expanded on it further. Where the original is spare this is big and raucous but still entertaining with great performances from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.