It was sad to lose such an interesting and never middle of the road author, who entertained us with interesting stories and characters. I think Elmore would appreciate Benjamin Franklin's epitaph, since he was a writer too, it goes...
"The body of B. Franklin, Printer (writer too) (Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost:
For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author.
I put in writer, because Benjamin Franklin was a writer, and I think everybody knows this, by Benjamin Franklin referring, "By the Author," he was referring to God. So since Elmore Leonard was a writer, I thought this might be apropos, if not, my apologies, but I did and still like Elmore's books, and I hope people will treasure them too.