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The revered New York Times bestselling author, recognized as “America’s greatest crime writer” (Newsweek), brings back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the mesmerizing hero of Pronto, Riding the Rap, and the hit FX series Justified.
With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross $300,000, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you—especially when it’s sold off piece by piece.
So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But Raylan isn’t your average marshal; he’s the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla, the cool transplant nurse, about to go for his kidneys.
The bad guys are mostly gals this time around: Layla, the nurse who collects kidneys and sells them for ten grand a piece; Carol Conlan, a hard-charging coal-mine executive not above ordering a cohort to shoot point-blank a man who’s standing in her way; and Jackie Nevada, a beautiful sometime college student who can outplay anyone at the poker table and who suddenly finds herself being tracked by a handsome U.S. marshal.
Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard—a page-turner filled with the sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.
Most of the characters who populate the book are drawn from the television show, but they seem thin, without the usual depth of Leonard's characters.
Seems like he slapped together the Justied tv scripts into a book. Not up to the usual high standard of Elmore Leonard.Published 2 hours ago by Michael B. Taylor
Usually I don't care for books after movie or TV adaptations. But in this case I thoroughly enjoyed reading the character in each sentence. Leonard was brilliant.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
I love Elmore Leonard's characters and Raylan Givens is no exception.Published 2 days ago by L. McGrew
Who doesn't love Raylan Givens? Down and dirty, just a fun read.Published 2 days ago by jo mcwhorter
I enjoyed this book so much that I sought out and watched every episode of the FX series based on Elmore Leonard's "Fire in the Hole", and Really enjoyed that show as well. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Herman G. Morgan III
Not the best Elmore Leonard work I've read, but it IS Elmore Leonard---so--it's gotta be good. By any other author, I'd probably have given this four stars, but I always expect so... Read morePublished 2 days ago by K. D. MCNICOL
Fast paced and witty; a bit thin on character development--seemed more like a collection of short stories with a central theme than a novel.Published 3 days ago by dtothepearl
First Raylan I have read of the series. Kind of took me by surprise. I will go back and read more.Published 3 days ago by carpenter