Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, wife divorcing

October 23, 2011 - 4:36 PM
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In this Sept. 28, 2010 photo, author Elmore Leonard is interviewed at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Court records show Leonard is divorcing his wife of 18 years. The Detroit News reports Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 that he and Christine Leonard split earlier this year and she filed for divorce in May. Oakland County Circuit Court records say Christine cited a breakdown in the marriage for unspecified reasons. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)

DETROIT (AP) — Court records show acclaimed crime novelist Elmore Leonard is divorcing his wife of 18 years.

The Detroit News reports (http://j.mp/q3iWLm ) Thursday that he and Christine Leonard split earlier this year and she filed for divorce in May. Oakland County Circuit Court records say Christine Leonard cited a breakdown in the marriage for unspecified reasons.

Elmore Leonard's attorney Gerald Cavellier calls it "pretty standard as divorces go." Christine Leonard's attorney Joseph Aviv says Judge Edward Sosnick disqualified himself from the case because he presided over the couple's wedding.

A trial is set for Dec. 12.

The 86-year-old Leonard, who lives in suburban Detroit, has written more than 40 Westerns, crime novels and mysteries. Many of his books — notably "Out of Sight," ''Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" — have become films.