Saturday, February 11, 2012
Cowboy cool Elmore Leonard tells how ‘Justified’ got it right, bringing Raylan Givens to the screen
New York Post
By LARRY GETLEN
Elmore Leonard is a dean of American crime fiction, a master of dialogue, and, with films emerging from novels including “52 Pick-Up” “Get Shorty,” and “Out of Sight,” a master as well at writing novels that scream for screen adaptations. Before Leonard wrote crime fiction, he wrote western novels such as “Valdez Is Coming” and “Hombre,” which were also made into films that starred, respectively, Burt Lancaster and Paul Newman.
Leonard on film
Most people agree that Elmore Leonard’s books are sensational and many of them, including “Raylan,” have been best sellers. The 1990s were very good to him, as several of his novels were made into big Hollywood movies. But which were the best?