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Raylan: A Novel

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3/5 (222 ratings)
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287 pages
4 hours
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Released:
Jan 17, 2012
ISBN:
9780062119483
Format:
Book

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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’s most popular creations, thanks in part to the phenomenal success of the hit TV series “Justified.” Leonard’s Raylan shines a spotlight once again on the dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, this time in his familiar but not particularly cozy milieu of Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business. Suspenseful, darkly wry and riveting, and crackling with Leonard’s trademark electric dialogue, Raylan is prime Grand Master Leonard as you have always loved him and always will.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 17, 2012
ISBN:
9780062119483
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  • (2/5)
    Raylan Givens is a US Federal Marshal This book sees him dealing with 3 different criminals all women.First is the Nurse who steals kidneys Second the Evil woman who works for the Coal mine companyThirdly the young woman who is on the run from the law and is also a very good Poker player.I struggled with this book found the language confusing, not for me.
  • (4/5)
    Library Book Audio Loan - Very interesting story. I loved the Series Justified and wanted to hear and read more. I really like the characters and their relationships with each other. I think the series did a good job of clearly showing story.
  • (3/5)
    I read "Raylan" by Elmore Leonard, and I really enjoyed the character of Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal who seems to always get his man, or in the case of this book, woman. It started out with a disgruntled transplant nurse taking kidneys from unsuspecting victims and ended with a poker playing college girl named Jackie Nevada. It was fun and a quick read.
  • (3/5)
    Sold Elmore Leonard. Very familiar from the TV show "Justified" which follows these novels to a remarkable degree. Fine read for a summer's evening.
  • (5/5)
    I have enjoyed Elmore Leonard since I read Kill Shot way back when. I love that the action is mostly driven by conversation. You can hear the people talking and that is so nice. This book, one of the last crime novels written by Mr Leonard, continues that style. This time we are in West Virginia coal country, looking for other ways to get money, legally and not. Raylan is a U. S. Marshal riding herd on everybody. It's all good fun until somebody loses a kidney.
  • (4/5)
    Fun read, unlikely but consistent, Leonard's usual engaging style and characters. Enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (3/5)
    There was a day, in the crazy lead-up to Christmas, where we had to divide and conquer. The kids were sick of shopping and each other, so I volunteered to let Andrew drop Jefferson off with me at the bookstore (I was totally buying presents! For people who were not me!), while he took Solomon to the grocery store. Well, once we made our purchases we needed to hang out by the front door to see Andrew come by. And I thought, the Mystery section, not being one of my usual genres, should be safe.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Well, before we were picked up, I'd found five books I totally needed to live right this second. Somehow, I kept from buying any of them that day, but I soon went back for this one.

    I love the series Justified. I love the character Raylan. I love the snappy dialogue characteristic of the film adaptations of Leondard's work. I expected this to be a ridiculously easy sell. But I can only say that I liked this book.

    Part of the problem was timing. Leonard wrote this book prior to season 2 and invited the show's writers to "strip it for parts," which they did. Aspects of this book were pulled for season 2 (which I'd seen), and season 3 (which I hadn't). Many characters appearing in the book were vastly expanded in the TV show as the writers fell in love with the actor's depictions. So that was disorienting. But really, the problem is, I love the Raylan and Boyd of the television show. The Raylan & Boyd of the book are similar, but of course not the same, and I had a hard time letting go. It wasn't all disappointment, though. Now that I'm halfway through season 3, I can say I prefer the kidney storyline in the book to the tv show, and I'm still waiting to see if our poker wunderkind shows up on Justified, and seriously, what the hell did they do to Winona in season 3 on the show?

    Enjoyable, though. Seems likely to be problematic for many Justified fans, though they've really marketed it straight to them.
  • (3/5)
    Fun read, full of amazing characters... Leonard is just plain down right adult amusement.
  • (1/5)
    Disappointing in every sense. This book reads like old people tell stories, rambling, jammed together, repetitive, disjointed - take your pick. Three short stories that would have been better half a dozen years ago when their plots were still trite and not yet hackneyed, strung together for no discernible reason, and all made worse by the shoehorned-in comments of characters referring to events from 3 pages ago to make them seem more connected.

    If you like Elmore Leonard or the TV series, avoid this exploitative piece of crap at all costs.
  • (2/5)
    Linked short stories. Turned me on to the tv series Justified. Leonard as producer. A fun voice from Leonard for the series.
  • (4/5)
    I really, really love the TV show Justified. I think it has made me appreciate Elmore Leonard's characters even more and Raylan Givens in particular. I am going to spoiler most of this review but I will say that in general terms, I really liked this book. It had some issues, but overall I liked it.

    That being said, This book would have been ten times better if I hadn't just watched season two of Justified. Many of the storylines found in the show were in this book (with some minor changes), Even the kidney stealing plot is in the third season (or so I'm told).

    Although I liked it, and am glad I read it, it feels pretty disjointed. Many different stories one after the other with not many connecting ties between them. I'd say pick it up if you love Leonard and his characters, but be warned it is pretty all over the map.
  • (2/5)
    Just "OK." The show is better. I didn't care for the way some of the characters are in the book; I prefer the show version. On it's own, it's entertaining enough, although too episodic for my taste. It all "sort of" comes together, but in a forced way. If you're a fan of the show and need to spend more time with Raylan and Co. during the hiatus, give this a try, just don't expect too much.
  • (3/5)
    I am a huge fan of the Justified tv series but I found this book lacking. It was hard to get into. The plot was all over the place. I'll continue watching the series but doubt I will read any more of the books.
  • (2/5)
    It would probably help if you'd read the previous books or watched the TV series Justified since there's no attempt to introduce any new readers to the characters. No real characterization or much narration. Just nonstop talking. There are three loosely connected stories, none of which really end very satisfactorily.
  • (4/5)
    Very good and easy read. A couple of time he went off track with the cross dressing and the movie of Delroy but I enjoyed the similarity to some Hustified episodes. It works with the shows characters.
  • (4/5)
    Well, the third Raylan Givens book, and for me, the best! Though I wouldn't call it a novel really, it's just like three Raylan short stories squished together. One about stealing kidneys, another about mining issues, and a third about bank robbing and poker. I liked the third the best! And all three short stories are good enough for me! Love me some Raylan!
  • (4/5)
    I have to admit from the outset that I have not yet seen the TV show "Justified" although it is on my to watch list. So when this book popped up on a buy list, I was excited to try before I buy. I am now a converted buyer.I love the characters in Raylan - all of the characters. they are vividly written with distinct voices and placed squarely in Harlan County Kentucky. This is one of those books where the author authentically captures the cadences of a place and is able to convert those to the page.The book is like an interlinking set of short stories with referrals and links to each other throughout the book. You won't be disappointed if you read one story or read them all but I suggest reading them all. This is also a book you can pick up and put down but I admit I found it very hard to put down and read it pretty much straight through. I have read several Elmore Leonard books so I am already a fan but Raylan did not disappoint. Read this and then get everything else this author has written. I guarantee you will be entertained.
  • (3/5)
    Fans of "Justified" (as I am) will enjoy this book. But they shouldn't expect that because the book is called "Raylan" it will delve any more deeply into what makes Raylan tick than the TV does--in fact, the TV show probably hits more at the depth of Raylan's character than the book does.

    "Raylan" contains a number of characters also seen in the series, particularly from the second season. A few of the scenes as seen on TV are even repeated. However, almost all of them meet different fates than they met on TV, so a reader shouldn't expect that he knows the direction in which the book may be going.

    Much like TV, the book is pretty episodic. There are basically three story arcs in its 263 pages which, while there is some interweaving of plot lines, could each easily stand on its own.

    But Elmore Leonard remains a master of dialogue, and definitely hasn't lost his gift at creating page-turners.
  • (4/5)
    Written exactly like an episode of Justified but not like Justified. Have a feeling Elmore is trying to cash in and why shouldn't he? The story was fun and the narrator did a great job with different characters and his Raylan was spot on. Quick, fun listen if you're a fan of Elmore or the show.
  • (4/5)
    Reads like three interlinked episodes of the Justified TV series - in fact a number of elements were used in the series. Leonard gives us an entertaining cross-linked trio of stories with sparky dialogue and a shoot 'em up modern western backdrop, but little in terms of depth. The stories focus on various female villains each with a criminal project with little prospect of long-term success. They move along quickly, but by the end you feel there could have been more in the way of focus.
  • (3/5)
    I am a huge fan of the TV show Justified, and I've never before read any of Elmore Leonard's stories involving Raylan Givens. So I knew it would be a little difficult to avoid picturing the actors from the show as I listened to this. As it turns out, some of the plot points are the same as things that happen in the show, although there are very different outcomes in the book.Elmore Leonard is justly famous for his handling of dialogue and his colorful characters. The characters came through pretty well here, although for me, the dialogue suffered in the audio version. Typical of Leonard, there were criss-crossing plots and people all shades of moral grey. Not nearly as much fun as Out of Sight or probably any of a number of other Leonard books. I think I'll probably go back to Raylan's beginnings and see if those are better, before the cross-pollination of the TV show happened. (This was actually written after the show started, so it puts this one in a sort of strange Inception-esque limbo of book-inspired-by-tv-show-inspired-by-book.)
  • (4/5)
    Damn, I love Elmore Leonard. The older he gets, the better he writes. Or maybe it's the older I get.
  • (3/5)
    This one's great for dialogue but lacks descriptive foundations and also a bit too corny here and there and yet... and yet I still like his style!
  • (4/5)
    Fresh from the TV series "Justified" and the previous Elmore Leonard books "Riding The Rap" and "Pronto", Raylan features US Marshall Raylan Givens. Like "Road Dogs" before it and unlike "Djibouti", this is prime Elmore Leonard with plenty of doubt and triple crosses and a cast of intertwined characters as Raylan negotiates three distinct cases. Really enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    As a crime writer, Elmore Leonard is certainly a step above the average. He is known for his quirky characters, a razor-sharp style and terse, funny dialogue. And that's all here. It's a highly stylized piece that could only be written by Leonard. So that, as far as it goes, is all great. The problem I had with the book is that I found Raylan unconvincing. I don't know what his motivations are for anything, and although there were hints about deeper relationships, they were not on the page. Is this book the middle part of a series? Perhaps. If so, I expect it may suffer as a stand alone. If not, it has bigger problems. This seems like a fair beginning for a much larger work -- a series of vignettes desired to inspire the actual novel. I have watched, with pleasure, the television series inspired by this book, and can only assume the writers of that work either new far more than I, as a reader, am being told, or else they made up what isn't between the covers of the novel.
  • (1/5)
    I did not like this book. The kidney harvesters would have been great if Elmore could have just stayed with this plot. He jumps around to the shooting of an ex employee at a coal mine and some chick who is possibly robbing banks. I have read several of Leonard's earlier books, but this is one of the worse books I've read in a long time.
  • (3/5)
    Very typical Leonard work. Interesting to see how the story lines intersect and in many ways differ between this book and the TV series Jusified.
  • (5/5)
    Brings back Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the character from Leonard's novella "Fire in the Hole", which spawned the hit TV series "Justified." This time around, Raylan squares off against a gang of vicious organ harvesters. This leads him further into bodyguarding for a corrupt coal-company lawyer trying to acquire land for the mining company she represents in Raylan's hometown, the shooting of an irate, out-of-work miner by Raylan's old acquaintance Boyd Crowder, who now works for the coal company, and the trail of a Butler University coed who may or may not be robbing banks to support her poker-playing habits. These stories overlap and converge to bring the book to a slam-bang finish, and as always Raylan Givens is one of Elmore Leonard's coolest characters. I definitely recommend this book, although for mature readers, because, as in all of Elmore Leonard's novels, there is adult language and violence, as well as sexual content. Leonard's ear for dialogue is remarkable, and the characters almost seem to come off the page.
  • (4/5)
    Fans of Elmore Leonard will be familiar with Raylan Givens, the US Marshall who was featured in Leonard's previous books Pronto and Riding the Rap. At eighty six years old, Elmore Leonard shows no signs of slowing down. He's just released his latest book - Raylan. Raylan is also the star of the hit television series Justified. (I'm hooked on the show and Timothy Olyphant)Harlan County, Kentucky is hurting from the closure of coal mines. Entreprenurial folk have now made marijanua the county's number one cash crop. Raylan is familiar with most of the players, having grown up in Harlan County. But two enterprising souls have discovered yet another lucrative sideline - body parts, mostly kidneys. How to stop this dogged US Marshall that's hot on their trail? Well, he does have two perfectly good kidneys...And that's just one of the three storylines Leonard has penned for Raylan. Although they were loosely connected, each felt like a separate novella.Now, Raylan released after the mid season break of Season Two of Justified. I found some of story lines and characters from television repeated in the book, albeit with a few changes. Or did the television series borrow heavily from the book? So, part of the storyline was not new, but parts of it were. No matter, fans will still be captured.The audio version of Raylan features Brian D'Arcy James as the reader. As a fan of Justified, I have come to associated certain actors and voices with the characters. I was concerned that I wouldn't identify with new voices. But that concern was unfounded. James employed a great accent for each of the characters, almost matching those I knew. His tones and inflections immediately brought Harlan County to life. Leonard's strength is in his dialogue and James did it justice.Raylan is a walk tall, talk soft, draw your gun and use it kind of lawman. Fans of Jack Reacher and Joe Pike would enjoy the character of Raylan Givens. A gritty, down and dirty tale filled with Leonard's trademark whip smart dialogue.