LA Times

Elmore Leonard, one of America’s best known crime novelists, died Tuesday morning due to complications from a stroke, according to Leonard’s Facebook page and his longtime researcher at the Detroit News, Gregg Sutter.

Leonard, 87, was working on his 46th novel at the time of his death.

Born in New Orleans in 1925, Leonard and his family moved to Detroit when the writer was very young and his father was working for General Motors. Leonard made the city his longtime home, and was referred to as “the Dickens of Detroit” by fans.

Leonard’s writer’s voice lives on in Justified, the FX series.

A favorite quote about why his books were popular: “I leave out the parts people skip.”