If you watch the TV show
If someone were looking for an introduction to Raylan Givens, I'd recommend the book. But if you're already a Raylan fan, this book will disappoint.
The narrator didn't seem to have enough range to capture the whole host of characters in the book. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the author, but the dialogue was almost exclusively,
Not a movie, but a TV show, because that's what it's written like.
Raylan, of course!
Good Story Teller
Not Really but it was easy to get back to.
You'll enjoy Brian D'Arcy James narration of Raylan. Like most of Elmore Leonard's novels, it's the pitch perfect dialog that moves the story along. Your time won't be wasted with overblown descriptions, the fast moving dialog say's it all.
The book detail gives insight into Raylan's life and back story. The reader is less than Timothy Olyphant however and detracts from the story line on occasion.
The television series Justified has propelled Elmore Leonard's character Raylan Givens into millions of homes. This is the third Raylan novel and is a lot of fun. The book began when Leonard decided that he needed to be part of the writing process. He wrote several story ideas and then condensed them into a single novel. This explains some of the structure. If it seems that the first story just ends early on and then another picks up, that is why.
The stories that make up the novel were intended to give the writers of Justified material to mine. They did so. Viewers of the television show will recognize several plots and themes from season 2 of the series. From interviews it seems clear that we may see more of them this season.
In Raylan we run into some relatives of Dewey Crow who decide to diversify their pot business by adding stolen body parts. Leonard takes the classic urban legend of the man with the stolen kidneys and gives it life. We also have a group of pot addled strippers turned into bank robbers, a college girl putting herself through school playing poker, a violent mine company woman, Boyd Crowder, and the usual assortment of strange and wonderful characters. If you are a fan of Justified, do yourself a favor and get this book. If you are just looking for a good book, do yourself a favor and get this book.
good solid storytelling
The Raylan Givens character and how he uses his wits and nerves of steel to get out of tough spots.
It just didn't compare to his previous works and not even close to Raylan's character on Justified.
I buy and listen to several books a week and this one is a winner. I waited for it to come out and usually save my Elemore leonard's to read hardrcopies BUT hardcopies were not where to be found.
Loved the book buy it and enjoy
A fast enjoyable listen for someone who enjoys JUSTIFIED ??? and Leonard's particular gifts for dialogue, character, and off-the-wall plotting.
Yes, its a great and engaging story.
Raylan of course, this is not the Raylan from the first two books, this is the Raylan from the television show translated to paper with the wonderful master stroke of Mr Elmore Leonard.
The last scene, I dont want to spoil anything but its a very Raylan way to end.
This is a much more television like version of Raylan than in books past, but it does not entirely jive with the tv show either. Its a great book, and basically is a mixture of season 2/3 of the tv show with some previous info from the earlier books mixed in, its an ejoyable listen and the audio is top notch.