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                             Product Description-Raylan: A Novel
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.

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Customer Reviews:
105 of 114 people found the following review helpful

Back on Track, November 30, 2011 By mrliteral
    This review is from: Raylan: A Novel (Hardcover) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?) In the
eternal argument about the chicken and the egg, the crux is on which came first. Similarly, those who read Elmore Leonard's
new novel, Raylan, may wonder which came first, the novel or the second season of the TV show Justified (also featuring
recurring Leonard protagonist, U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens). There are clear similarities between the two, enough to make you
wonder whether the TV show inspired the novel or vice versa. But there are also significant difference, making the book its own
experience. It's as if a duck came out of the chicken's egg: you'd still have a bird, but you wouldn't mistake one for the other.As
the book kicks off, Raylan must contend with low-level (and low-intelligence) dope dealers Dickie and Coover Crowe (the
equivalent of the Bennett brothers in the show). The two have expanded into stealing kidneys from people and then selling them
back to the victims, a plot that obviously has others with more brains involved. The Crowe...

34 of 39 people found the following review helpful

The further adventures of Raylan Givens, December 12, 2011 By Robert Moore (Chicago, IL USA)
        This review is from: Raylan: A Novel (Hardcover) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?) One
of the best known characters created by Elmore Leonard is undoubtedly federal marshal Raylan Givens. Raylan's fame,
however, rests less on the role he plays in Leonard's writings, than as the star of the brilliant F/X television series JUSTIFIED,
easily one of the most critically acclaimed series on television. To the best of my knowledge (based on my own perhaps flawed
reading) Raylan appears in three of Leonard's novels and one of his short stories. He was initially in the novel PRONTO, in
which he intervenes to save the life of a Miami bookie and then later in RIDING THE RAP, in which he once again tries to save
the life of the same bookie. Both are very good novels, though I would not rate either among his very best books, like SWAG or
LaBRAVA. Raylan reappeared later in the short story "Fire in the Hole," which I have in his great short story collection WHEN
THE WOMEN COME OUT TO DANCE, which is going to be reprinted shortly as FIRE IN THE HOLE. Clearly the publisher is...

60 of 72 people found the following review helpful

For me, not a page turner, December 2, 2011 By Acontius "Acontius" (Florida)
   This review is from: Raylan: A Novel (Hardcover) Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?) Very
hard, even intimidating, to be writing a review of a book by the master of crime fiction, long one of my favorite writers. If I could
gush, this would be an easier assignment.This book is basically two separate novellas, though the second one kind of diverges
and can be counted as two stories also (for a total of three; such a deal!).Raylan makes a great character in a TV series,
especially portrayed by an excellent actor. But this book barely glances at Raylan as a character. In fact, in RAYLAN, the title
character is sketchily formed, completely flat, relying entirely on the readers to use the TV character as a stand in.Narrative is
minimal, as the story is told almost 100% by dialog, some zesty, but not enough to make this a compelling read.The topics,
organ theft, strip mining of mountain tops, and a talented youth becoming a pro poker player, are reasonably current, but the
villains are portrayed too cartoonishly, too...


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