“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.
MWA Grand Master Leonard s fast-paced, darkly humorous third crime novel starring straight-shooting, supercool U.S. marshal Raylan Givens (after 1995 s Riding the Rap) pits Givens, a former coal miner from Harlan County, Ky., against three very different female crooks a transplant nurse illegally harvesting organs, a viperous coal company vice president, and a poker-playing Butler University coed, who may or may not be robbing banks to support her habit. The author s trademark witty dialogue and adeptness at developing quirky, memorable characters overshadows the novel s plot, which reads like a series of interconnected short stories. For example, the plights of perpetually stoned dope dealers Dickie and Coover Crowe; their infamous father, Pervis Speed Crowe; and out-of-work miner Otis Culpepper serve to highlight the economic issues affecting Kentucky coal country. Readers will want to see more of the endearing Givens, the focal character of Justified, the popular FX TV series that starts its third season in early 2012.
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A great read!
Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors with his signature witty dialogue and this book does not disappoint. Very funny!
Horrible book. This is just season three of the television show on paper. Shame on the author rehashing his show and selling it.
Raylan - more Raylan
If you like Raylan, you'll like this book. It isn't as good as the "Fire In The Hole" short story, originating the character, but it is an a absorbing romp in the world of Harlan (coal mining Ky) and Raylan's idiosyncratic US Marshall ways. He is a Good Guy and he takes those Bad Guys down in style.
How fun is that!