Before he sold his Lakeshore Drive condominium in North Palm Beach in 2009, Elmore Leonard got a lot more out of Palm Beach County than a place to get away from the brutal Michigan winters. He also got the setting and characters for a large batch of his most popular novels.
From “Maximum Bob,” which he dedicated to the late Judge Marvin Mounts, to “Out of Sight” (about a jailbreak from Glades Correctional) to “Split Images” and “Rum Punch,” Leonard found Palm Beach County — and the rest of South Florida — the perfect setting for his terse, epigrammatic outlaws and thugs.
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The Associated Press and staff researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.