Grit on wry: A dinner with Elmore and Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard listens in his family room while his father, Elmore, smokes and talks about writing.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Authors Elmore and Peter Leonard love to talk about writing over dinner

Elmore Leonard 86, is known for his spare prose and quirky characters

Leonard's 60-year-old son, Peter, has just finished his fourth novel

Elmore's 45th book is a best seller; Peter's book is due out May 15

Editor's note: Elmore Leonard died Tuesday at 87. This story first published in April 2012.

Birmingham, Michigan (CNN) -- People who write about crime for a living have a curious appetite when it comes to dinner conversation. As they