American crime fiction, pulp fiction, and western fiction writer whose most famous works, including Get Shorty and Rum Punch, were adapted into films. He received the
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and spent a portion of his childhood in Detroit, Michigan. In 1950, he graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in English and philosophy and began working as a copy writer.
He had two daughters and three sons with his first wife, Beverly Claire Cline. Following his 1977 divorce from Cline, he was married twice more: to Joan Shepard and Christine Kent.
His novel, Hombre, was made into a film starring Paul Newman.