Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard died today at age 87.  He wrote crime novels, several of which were made into movies.  He created the character Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens, who is the main character on the TV show "Justified".

He liked the way his characters were written in "Justified".  He said "It's never overdone.  It's just right."

I like "Justified" too.  As one critic said, "the language just sparkles and pops".

Noah Adams of NPR did a segment about Elmore Leonard today, calling him "the Dickens of Detroit".  When I read that, at first I thought he meant "Dickens" as in "isn't he a little dickens" but then I realized he was probably referring to the author.  I guess I thought that because Raylan certainly is a "little dickens".


Pam said...

What does 'isn't he a little dickens' mean Judy. We don't hear it over here. We do however,have the phrase to "go like the dickens' which means very fast.

judy in ky said...

Oh, it's like a "little devil' but meant in a benevolent way, like a little rascal or a little scamp. We have "go like the dickens" too.