Author: Elmore Leonard
Pages: 263 pp
Published Date: 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Main Characters: Raylan Givens
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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Amazon.com: "These plot lines are not so much intertwined as consecutive, giving Raylan (the book) the feel of three related novellas. This episodic feel may annoy some but it works for me: after all, this is a book that's more about a character than one overall plot." Read the Amazon.com reviews here
Chron: "Actually there are about four plots going on here, as Givens is in Kentucky tracking down villains who rip out people’s kidneys for resale on the transplant market, interceding in a dispute that pits coal mining against the environment, helping a young poker player go for the big time, and finding out who’s forcing strippers to rob banks." Read full review
A Bookworms World: "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." Read full review
Oregon Live: "What Leonard would do is whip up a few Raylan Givens plots and put them together in a novel called "Raylan" that's not really a novel but more of a "Justified" sampler with three loosely connected stories." Read full review here
Onyx Reviews: "U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens appeared previously in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap, as well as in the short story "Fire in the Hole." The latter is the basis for the TV series Justified, where Raylan Givens is the main character." Read full review here
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