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“Elmore Leonard can write circles around almost anybody active in the crime novel today.”
New York Times Book Review

With more than forty novels to his credit and still going strong, the legendary Elmore Leonard has well earned the title, “America’s greatest crime writer” (Newsweek). And U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Pronto, Riding the Rap, Fire in the Hole) is one of Leonard

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Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published January 12th 2012 by William Morrow (first published 2011)
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Dan Schwent
US Marshal Raylan Givens investigates a kidney stealing ring, acts as a bodyguard to a beautiful coal mining executive, and tracks down a missing college girl named Jackie Nevada who is a poker player and possibly a bank robber.

Bad Pun Alert: I've only seen the first season of the show starring Timothy Olyphant but I felt reading this book was Justified since I was already aware of Raylan from having read Pronto years ago.

Raylan purports to be a novel but it feels more like three linked novellas
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Kemper
I see them long hard times to come…

Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens became infamous for giving a gangster 24 hours to get out of Miami and then shooting him when he failed to leave before the deadline. As punishment for his Wyatt Earp act, Raylan has been reassigned to a small office in Kentucky not far from where he grew up. Raylan isn’t thrilled to be back home where he frequently finds himself entangled with people from his past while trying to do his job.

There’s a lot of TV shows adapted from
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James Thane
I've long been a huge fan of the books of Elmore Leonard, and I've also really enjoyed the television series, "Justified," which is based on Leonard's excellent short story, "Fire in the Hole." Given that, I was really anxious to finally have the chance to pull Raylan off my giant stack of Books-to-Read and have at it. I'm sorry to say, though, that the book did not live up to my (perhaps exaggerated) expectations of it.

Reading the book, it felt to me like Leonard might have decided to sit down
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Angela
If you've seen "Justified" this review contains minimal spoilers. If you have not, there are substantially more of them. Either way, here there be spoilers:




Whether you first discovered Raylan Givens through FX's Justified or have known him since Leonard first published "Fire in the Hole," you are no doubt hoping for an all-new adventure from the man who first introduced the world to the US Marshal from Harlan, Kentucky. If you are watcher of "Justified," you will be sorely disappointed.

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Eric
Feb 01, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Elmore Leonard and/or Justified
This novel is three loosely connected vignettes, all tasked to U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens over the course of several days. First he is assigned to investigate a kidney theft, then to bodyguard a mining company's public relations woman, and finally to hunt down a female poker-playing college student suspected to be part of a gang of female bank robbers.

There is a lot of interweaving between the characters in the differing vignettes. While most is seamless, as a tight-knit community of hillfolk w
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Sam Quixote
Raylan Givens, US Marshal, looks up a weed dealer in a hotel room only to find him sat in a tub with ice and his kidneys missing. From there a twisting trail of murder, blackmail, land dispute, and cards unfolds taking in everyone from an elderly drug baron operating out of a food stamps store to a disgruntled nurse who decides to strike out on her own, to a band of bank robbing gals, and a poker playing girl called Jackie Nevada with her ace in the hole. Elmore Leonard's back and he's packing h ...more
Michael
An interesting hybrid of the literary version of Raylan Givens and the television version from FX's Justified.

Elmore Leonard borrows elements from the second season of the hit series and weaves them here. Raylan is the first time that Givens has taken center stage in a Leonard novel and hopefully won't be the last.

The novel has three distinct sections though each of them do have a bit of connective tissue beyond Raylan's involvement. In the first third, Raylan investigates a human organ traffic
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Laurel
What fun! 263 pages worth of daydreaming about Elmore Leonard's character Raylan Givens, aka actor Timothy Oliphant, star of FX's tv series "Justified". I have to state for the record, that I have a soft spot for US Marshall Raylan Givens, the epitome of Kentucky cool. A perfectly shaped cowboy hat, blue jeans and a Glock-along with considerable wit and charm, and a certain level of fearlessness-these are the tools master storyteller Elmore Leonard gives his hero in
Raylan. This novel is the thi
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Melissa
Poor planning left me almost without a book to read for the weekend for the second time in a month. Luckily, Timothy Olyphant, I mean, Raylan was sitting on the FT table at work on Saturday, so the day was officially saved. Normally I don't want to have a specific picture of someone in my head while I read a book (I refuse to watch the movie version of The World According to Garp for this reason), but in this case, let me tell you that it was not a problem at all. I'm going to write a review of ...more
Jim
It was a fun read. "Justified" is a favorite series of ours & this book has 3 episodes from the show, although they were apparently much changed for TV. Enough of the basics were there, but often characters & outcomes were completely different. It made for great reading since Raylan is still Raylan & that's what makes this.

Since I live in Kentucky, the show is local. That makes it even better. They really do capture many of the people in the area well.
Kevin Fanning
This is such a strange and awkward cultural artifact that I hardly know what to do with it.

The book is called Raylan, set in the typeface from Justified the TV show, and there’s our man Timothy Olyphant on the cover. We are led to think this is a novel that takes place in the universe of Justified the TV show. Or at least I was? But it’s not, and it doesn’t. There are two different universes, and it’s hard to see how one fits with the other.

There are characters here who are familiar (Boyd and
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Paul Baker
I am really not one to quit reading books before I finish them. I understand this can be a bad thing especially if the book sucks. That being said, I quit this book on page 36. I was just looking for an easy read that might have some good silly, yet clever humor in it, and I thought I remembered reading something before from this dude that I really liked. I never even saw the tv series before staring the book. Maybe that was part of the problem. One can only speculate. Everything just seemed so ...more
Eric_W
Fans of the TV Series “Justified” (I am) will recognize all of the plots in this set of short stories tied together only by Raylan’s presence: the nurse selling kidneys, the coal mining VP trying to get contracts signed, etc. (He barely figures in the story about the poker-playing girl.) I regret Leonard won’t be able to write any more, but regretfully this is not one of his better works. Ironically, the TV series holds together better as a novel, especially in its portrayal of the coal-mining a ...more
Virginia Campbell
I have a "Justified" obsession. From the very first glimpse of the original TV promos for the FX TV series, "Justified", I was a goner. When I finally got to actually watch the show--have mercy!!! Timothy Olyphant fits the character of Raylan Givens the way that Raylan’s Stetson fits his head! Perfectly! I must say that Timothy looks mighty fine in that hat, and he wears the hat, it doesn’t wear him. “Justified” is just about perfect in every way–an outstanding cast and astounding writing and ov ...more
RandomAnthony
So I heard Raylan wasn't that good, at least not as good as Justified, but the e-book arrived from the library website right after Leonard died so I thought I'd give it a shot, and I'm happy to say I liked the novel more than expected. The book's a quick read, despite the length, and I didn't feel bored or rushed. Leonard's books read like the best popcorn movies. They're fun, smart, and move fast. Justified viewers will recognize characters, scenarios (e.g. kidney theft), but a few modification ...more
Đorđe Bajić
Godine 2010. počelo je emitovanje Pravednika (Justified), serije inspirisane Lenardovom noveletom Vatra u rupi. Izuzetno zadovoljan ovom televizijskom adaptacijom, Lenard je u aprilu 2011. najavio novi roman u kome će glavni lik biti šerif Rajlan Givens, protagonista Pravednika. Roman Givensova pravda (u originalu: Rejlen) pojavio se u prodaji krajem 2012. godine. Lenard se opredelio za zanimljivu taktiku: čitaocima nije ponudio prednastavak ili nastavak Pravednika, već priču u kojoj je iskorist ...more
Raymond
I love Elmore Leonard. Justified is probably my favorite show on right now. This book sounded like it would be a dream come true - Raylan Givens comes back home to his creator. I was looking forward to getting my grubby mitts on this as soon as I saw it announced. My copy came in at the library and I grabbed it and flew through it in three lunch breaks. Calling it a disappointment is an understatement. Instead of a great twisty typical Leonard novel focusing on Raylan, we are given three short s ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Like many people I came to know Raylan Givens on the TV show Justified. During the first season I ran down Pronto Pronto by Elmore Leonard, Riding the Rap Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard, and even When the Women Come Out to Dance When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard. The Raylan I met there wasn't precisely the Raylan I got to know in Justified (though I did see familiar plotting and even story).

I've followed the program and liked the second season (though not quite so much as I did the first). The third season is so far good, so when Raylan by Elmore Leonard came out I snapped it up.

It's a good read. Fast
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Jamie
I’ve been in such a malaise with reading these days. I’m grumpy with just about everything I’ve picked up. Every little grievance is obnoxious; I’m counting eyerolls and holding grudges. For each book I’ve read this month, I’ve chucked at least three more across the room.

So it’s to some extent hilarious that this is the book making me the exact opposite of grumpy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not odd in that... well, shall we say my love for Justified is not undocumented or insubstantial. But this
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Clark Hallman
Raylan by Elmore Leonard – The Raylan Givens books by Elmore Leonard were the inspiration for the very popular and excellent TV series, Justified, which recently ended its last season. Of course U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens is the principal character and he is an enjoyable one, showing his confidence and skill with his firearm and his dialogue. In addition, Raylan’s boss, Art, his longtime frenemy, Boyd Crowder, Dickie Crowe, Dewey Crowe and others provide very interesting and unique characters t ...more
Marti
Not sure if I read any books by Elmore Leonard before. Anyway, Raylan is a US Marshall in Kentucky, sworn to uphold the law. Coal has been king, but is fading out, with people growing crops of marijuana instead. He meets any number of interesting folk--the college girl who plays poker for money, etc.
Rex Fuller
Pure enjoyment. It stitches together several separately published stories, but it does so well enough you don't mind. Really hope this isn't the last Raylan Givens novel.
Larry
This novel is really three extended short stories (I almost said episodes) about Raylan Givens, deputy US Marshal from Harlan County, Kentucky. It benefits from my having watched the terrific TV series because the dialogue goes from being pretty good to being outstanding when you build in the voices of Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and Nick Searcy. In lesser hands, it would be serviceable, but not memorable.

The first part of the book deals with kidney theft. It is the best of the three parts
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Dominick
Once again, the need for a half-star category is evident. I was torn between ** and *** for this one, as it's probably better than just OK, but it's not great, for several reasons.

The key reason is plot--or, more precisely, the lack of a carefully-developed plot. There are four intervoven narratives in this book, one about a team that steal kidneys and resell them, one about a mining company's skullduggery trying to get access to a mountain, one about a thug running a ring of female bank robbers
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Justin
For fans of the FX network's JUSTIFIED series (which is about to launch into its third season), RAYLAN will prove an adequate, non-televised addition to your library as you await the newest episodes.

Dissected into three interconnected vignettes, RAYLAN begins as a prologue, of sorts, to the major plot of the television show's first season (also serving as a follow-up to the short story that inspired the series). From there, the novel weaves dangerously close to the plot lines of the show's first
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Mamers
Let me clear… I really enjoyed this book. I finished it in one sitting, which is a very rare occurrence. The reason I give this book only 3 stars is because without Justified as a reference, I would have absolutely no idea how to “read” this book. The voice is unclear and the writing is choppy unless you know to read in a snarky and sarcastic southern accent. This goes for every character, not just Raylan Givens. I found myself reading dialogue between two characters in the same paragraph or r ...more
John Bascom
I admit it: I'm a Dutch Leonard addict...in it for the cheap, quick "high" even though I know there is little redeeming value and it will ultimately drag me down.

"Raylan" is typical Leonard: if you can suspend disbelief long enough to get past the preposterous plot(s) and impossible behavior of the weirdo characters, the classic (infamous?) Leonard dialogue and portrayals of the oddballs who populate this novel are mesmerizing. Like watching a train wreck unfold; awful but you can't avert your e
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Tony
RAYLAN. (2012). Elmore Leonard. ****.
We’ve met Raylan before. He’s Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshall in the coal mining regions of Kentucky. He has appeared in Leonard’s books, “Pronto,” and “Riding the Rap.” Raylan is pure testosterone. He’s killed seven bad guys to far, and gets to add to his total in this book. This is not a novel, as such, but a sparse collection of kind-of related crimes in which Raylan is the primary investigator. He works among a rough bunch of people who inhabit the hills.
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Clay
My wife and I took a trip this past weekend and listened to the audio book version of Elmore Leonard’s Raylan in the car. Raylan is the fourth and final book in Leonard’s Raylan Givens series and runs the hillbilly gamut from human organ theft to coal mining company gun thugs. Having just finished Pronto, Leonard’s first Raylan Givens novel, and not being particularly fond of Elmore Leonard’s style; I wasn’t really expecting much out of Raylan. I found myself pleasantly surprised.

EDIT: I see Ra
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If your a murder/mystery fan, than I have the perfect book for you!

Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard is a great collection of crime stories all linked around the central character of U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens. The novel begins with a new kind of crime being committed and the rewards for the criminals are worth taking that risk. Seems lately the drug lords have found a new commodity to deal, human body parts. Seeing as an entire human body when parted out can net close to a million dollars, the
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Elmore John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935. After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into m ...more
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