- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062119478
- ISBN-13: 978-0062119476
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 824 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raylan: A Novel Paperback – December 26, 2012
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“A punchy mix of crime and Kentucky coal-mine sociology . . . It’s one of Leonard’s best thrillers in years.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“With a practised ease and the craft of more than half a century of novelistic composition, Leonard works like the Picasso of crime fiction . . . Raylan is as close as it gets to creating the complete illusion of unmediated entertainment on the page.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“In addition to kinetic storytelling and spot-on dialogue, Leonard has a cool wit. . . . Characters roll from scene to scene, urged on by self-interest and greed, bumping against one another and building up steam until they’re smashing together in orgies of violence.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Raylan is Leonard’s best of the 21st century—good stuff from first page to last.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
“The smarter crooks give Raylan grudging respect; his fellow lawmen grant him their highest praise: ‘You’re doin’ a job the way we like to see it done.’ The same can be said of the 86-year-old Elmore Leonard.” (Wall Street Journal)
“[Leonard’s] finely honed sentences can sound as flinty/poetic as Hemingway or as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler. His ear for the way people talk—or should—is peerless.” (Detroit News)
“There is no greater writer of crime fiction than Elmore Leonard, and no one who has more resplendent energy. . . . Like pretty well every Leonard novel, Raylan is a delight.” (The Guardian (UK))
From the Back Cover
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.
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The effect is not disturbing ought to ruin the sperience, however, and - brilliant though Oliphant's interpretation is - Leonard's Raylan must of course be given pride of position as he created him as opposed to "merely" interpreted him (however brilliantly) as Oliphant's has.
Summary; well worth the read and, I think, Leonard's best character. If you haven't yet watch justified, read the stories first and then settle into the Oliphant's version. Still well worth the read in the over direction though!
Judging tyhe book on its own merits, I think the aothro did a good jpb of setting a situation. Well known for his characters, the author did a great job.
I highly recommend this book.
I hadn't read Elmore Leonard for years, but pretty soon I discovered how much I enjoyed his writing.
It has a kind of rhythm, Elmore's writing has, and once you ride it, it's a good ride, like your first wave, or the first time you drive a car really well.
I'm looking forward to reading all his Raylan novels. If they're as good as this one, I'll be riding Elmore's wave once again.
Great read; I enjoy all Mr. Leaonard's 'Raylan' books; and, Justified is my favorite show. I will be sad after next year's final season (season 6); but, I appreciate and respect that they will be wrapping everything up and going out on top. No open ended series finale (hopefully); they have promised an end. So, at least I will have the books and the dvd's to keep Raylan, Boyd and Mr. Leonard alive...
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Bless the late Elmore Leonard
Loved the Justified series. The book provided more character and plot development. I like how Leonard keeps the characters on a narrow moral