Western and crime novelist whose books have been adapted into many movies, such as Jackie Brown and Get Shorty.
Headlines about gangsters like Bonnie and Clyde and the Detroit Tigers winning the World Series gave him an early interest in guns and sports.
Some of the films his books inspired are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Jackie Brown.
Moved with his family to Detroit in 1934.
His novel, Hombre, was made into a film starring Paul Newman.