Our world is full of mysteries. They begin with the very creation of life (the Big Bang Theory for example) and continue right up to the present. Today, one of the largest group of mysteries, consists of who-dunnits, also known as murder mysteries. With a current worldwide population of 7 billion (and still growing) the ways that one human can kill another has grown at a staggering rate. This is good news for mystery writers, but bad news if you happen to be that unlucky soul who gets at axe embedded in your skull. Pictured above is one little mystery that surrounds an old house. The drawing was originally created for a short story, but this piece of artwork also works well this weeks Illustration Friday topic.
When I first became interesting in the writings of Elmore Leornard, I had a hard time finding his books in the bookstore because I could not get his name straight. I was always looking for a man named Leornard Elmore…and I was perusing the Literature section instead of Crime Fiction or Mystery, which is where you will usually find this writer’s works. It took a long time to get used to the idea that his last name was actually Leornard.
Devoted to Detroit
Perhaps one of the most interesting things noted about the late author is his dedication to the city of Detroit. Though born in the “Big Easy”, Leornard spent most of his life in and around the Motor City. He attended high school in the city and also graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 with a degree in English philosophy. Even after Elmore Leornard became successful, he chose to live in one o Detroit’s more modern suburbs, Bloomfield Hills. No wonder Leornard is often referred to as the “Dickens of Detroit”.
My Experience With the Dickens of Detroit
Though Elmore Leornard had been on writer’s radar for many years, it was only in the most recent year or two that I had become familiar with his writing. And that began with viewing the movie, “Get Shorty”. My main impression after seeing “Get Shorty” was that the author was from the LA area. And then I read “Rum Punch” and figured he was from Miami. Next there was “Cuba Libre”, which upon completion had me convinced that Mr. Leornard was actually of Cuban descent. Overall I can’t think of a better skill for a writer, than that of adapting to whatever place he (or she) may find themselves.
My Favorite Elmore Leornard Quotes
“I try to leave out the parts readers skip.”
Question: What kind of writing pays best?
Answer: Ransom notes. from Get Shorty
Never open a book with weather.
These are just a few to wet your whistle. Actually for a writer who was so known for his dialogue, there were not many quotes to be found easily, except for those dealing with writing.