Elmore Leonard is regarded as one of the greatest crime writers of the modern era. His 45 novels are consistently witty, edgy clever and written in a style that is stripped bare of any unnecessary detail. leonard's early novels were Westerns and they garnered high praise, not to mention some movie treatments (eg Hombre). The Big Bounce marks the move into the hardboiled crime genre for which we are most interested.
He remains one of the best hardboiled fiction writers of the 20th century and his novels have been bestsellers with a few notable movies such as Get Shorty and Jackie Brown (Rum Punch) proving extremely successful.