Mr. Leonard had a stroke three weeks ago and has died of complications from that.
If he's not my favorite author he's near the top.
His IMDb page is here.
His Wikipedia entry is here.
Pareidolia: Seeing patterns or images in ordinary things--such as a religious figure in a piece of toast, or the Man in the Moon. I like the irony of being a skeptic and using the word in the context of "seeing" things in books.