Raylan (Raylan Givens #4)
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Reading the book, it felt to me like Leonard might have decided to sit down ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Raylan. This novel is the thi ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 came out I snapped it up.
It's a good read. Fast ...more
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 ...more
The first part of the book deals with kidney theft. It is the best of the three parts ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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. ...more
EDIT: I see Ra ...more
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 ...more