My flag is at half-staff today.
Inarguably the greatest author of crime fiction over the past 45 years, Elmore "Dutch" Leonard passed away this morning in his adopted home of Bloomfield Village, Michigan at age 87.
It would've been longer except that the man didn't delve into the crime genre 'til the late '60s, having begun his writing career with westerns and actually enjoying some success, selling three of those tales, "The Tall T," "3:10 to Yuma" (both 1957) and "Hombre" (1967), to Hollywood.
Many of his crime novels, starting with "The Big Bounce" in 1969, were also made into movies, some more successfully than others, but probably his widest recognition and acclaim came with cable FX's "Justified," set to start it's fifth season this January.
Leonard had suffered a stroke on July 29 while working on his 49th novel.
A terrible loss. What a brilliant mind.