Elmore Leonard wrote more than 40 books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers ROAD DOGS, UP IN HONEY'S ROOM, THE HOT KID, MR. PARADISE, TISHOMINGO BLUES, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories WHEN THE WOMEN COME OUT TO DANCE. Many of his books were made into movies, including GET SHORTY, OUT OF SIGHT and BE COOL. "Justified," the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, who appears in RIDING THE RAP, PRONTO, the short story “Fire in the Hole,” and RAYLAN. Leonard was the 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 passed away on August 20, 2013 at the age of 87 from complications of a stroke.