"I’m not going to write for posterity. I’m going to write to make a buck."
—Elmore Leonard in Newsweek, 2002
The Great Elmore Leonard 1925-2013
Hard-Boiled: His books depart from the hard-boiled tradition in another way: from Hammett to Mickey Spillane, from Macdonald to Robert B. Parker, writers have generally told these stories in the first person. By jettisoning the security of first-person narration — a unified point of view, a single sardonic tone of voice, a sense of the hero in control — Leonard can let his characters breathe more easily, show us how matters seem to them. In this way, the reader knows more about what’s going on than the hero does.
Newsweek April 22, 1985