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[on film versions of his work] I don't remember all the bad ones. I know "The Big Bounce" was bad, though, and they made it twice. It wasn't bad enough the first time [The Big Bounce
(1969)]. I don't think anybody in the picture knew what they were doing. The second time they made it [The Big Bounce
(2004)], they shot it in Hawaii. They would cut to surfers when they ran out of ideas.
His father, an executive with General Motors, moved the family to Detroit when he was nine years old. After graduating from high school in 1943, he spent two years in the Navy, graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 and then became a copywriter for a local advertising agency.
Major characters in his novels tend to have a checkered past. Their criminal tendencies gives Leonard the option of having his central figures tap into negative or positive traits for surprising end twist.