Nightly News   |  August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard, crime novelist, dies at 87

Prolific author Elmore Leonard wrote a string of bestsellers, several of which were adapted to film. He died Tuesday at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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>>> that's john travolta and the late dennis farina in "get shorty," just one of the films adapted from the great crime novelist elmore leonard who died today, weeks after suffering a stroke. as one report put it today, his string of best-sellers help achieve for crime writing what stephen king did for horror and ray bradbury for science fiction . elmore leonard was 87 years old.