Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers includeRoad Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short storiesFire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, includingGet Shorty, Out of Sight, andRum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino'sJackie Brown.Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears inRiding the Rap, Pronto,Raylanand the short story "Fire in the Hole". He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the -Dickens of Detroit' and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.