American crime maestro Elmore Leonard has passed away at the age of 87.
I’ll remember him best for ‘The Tonto Woman and other stories‘, his excellent collection of Western short stories, including the classic ‘Three-ten to Yuma’.
Leonard’s prose became increasingly minimalistic as his work developed, stripping away everything but story. This led to very stark, albeit engrossing, reading. Here are his famous rules for writers. I’m partially guilty of breaking some of these… even though I agree with most of them.