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Raylan by Elmore Leonard
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Jun 05, 12

bookshelves: audio-version, mysteries, popular-fiction
Read from May 17 to 20, 2012

This loosely connected set of stories featuring Harlan County native son, US Marshall Raylan Givens is a blast to listen to in the car. While not an exact impersonation of Tim Olyphant, I bought the narrator's voice, which is pretty essentially, since I'm such a die-hard fan of JUSTIFIED. I admit to some cognitive dissonance between this "novel" and the TV scripts -- The coal-mining story here features a family named Crowe, headed by a man with a black paramour. Season 2 had the divine Margot Martindale as the matriarch of the pot-growing clan. Both had two bad sons. If I had to choose, I think the TV rendition was much better, though Leonard's narrative voice makes the rapaciousness of the coal companies more palpable. Ditto with the organ-harvesting subplot.

This is not el-primo Leonard, but rather a commercial riff on a successful franchise he enabled with the creation of the original characters. Of course, Leonard calling it in is better than most writers at their best, so I'm not complaining.
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