Hundreds attend Detroit area visitation for crime novelist Elmore Leonard; funeral Saturday


CLAWSON, Mich. — Hundreds of people attended a visitation for best-selling author Elmore Leonard.

The Detroit News reports that traffic partially was diverted for a time near Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson, north of Detroit.

Leonard died Tuesday at age 87 in his Bloomfield Township home from complications from a stroke.

He was one of America’s foremost crime writers. His novels included “Out of Sight,” ‘’Get Shorty” and “Rum Punch.” More recently, he served as executive producer of the FX drama “Justified.”

Leonard is a former adman who wrote Western novels and stories early in his career.

Peter Leonard told the newspaper that his father inspired “a whole group of current novelists.”

A funeral Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Church in Birmingham.