See for yourself why Portis has a cult following and why he will be missed.
Thank you, Wells Tower, for recommending Gringos in GQ back in 2011. The hilariously convoluted plot is completely beside the point—the main attraction is Portis's Southern deadpan writing style. I like this summary of his work from the New York Times:
Mr. Portis evokes an eccentric, absurd world with a completely straight face. As a result, there are not a lot of laugh-out-loud moments or explosive set pieces here. Instead of shooting off fireworks the books shimmer with a continuous comic glow.