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Dennis Lehane, Hallie Ephron, Joe Finder and other local thriller writers mourn Elmore Leonard

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Local crime and suspense writers mourned their hero Elmore Leonard on Tuesday. Shortly after the death of the 87-year-old “Get Shorty” author was confirmed on his website, Channel 7 reporter and crime writer Hank Phillippi Ryan told us that Leonard was a great mentor to her, even though he didn’t know it. “I hope he realized how beloved and revered he is.” Local suspense writer Hallie Ephron told us, “Elmore Leonard was brilliant without being flashy. His heroes were often crooks, con men, and misfits that you ended up rooting for. His dialogue was legendary. It feels effortless, like he’s shooting the breeze with his characters and not taking the whole undertaking too seriously.”

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