Author Elmore Leonard to be remembered at funeral
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 24 August 2013 06:42

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Friends, family and fans are set to remember famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard at a funeral service in suburban Detroit.

A funeral Mass is to be held Saturday at Holy Name Church in Birmingham.

The 87-year-old Leonard died Tuesday in his Bloomfield Township home from complications from a stroke.

He was one of America's foremost crime writers. His novels include "Out of Sight," "'Get Shorty" and "Freaky Deaky."

More recently, he served as executive producer of the FX drama "Justified." The show features as its centerpiece U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a recurring Leonard character.

Earlier in his career, the man known to friends as "Dutch" wrote Western novels and stories, but his major commercial success didn't come until the 1980s.

Critics and devotees loved his simple, direct language.

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