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