With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, 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 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.
Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard - a pause-resister filled with sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.
©2012 Elmore Leonard, Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
If you're a fan of the show this book is a bit of an alternate reality, it's laced with familiar characters (although some have different names and genders) situations (it's still Raylan chasing a mix of stupid and evil yet believable villains) and locations (Harlan county is the same as it always is) but is still new and fresh.
It's written in the same fast crackling pace of your average EL novel and the only complaint is that it tries to jam a bit too much into the story so the reader might get whiplash as it veers from one whole season's plot to the next.
If you enjoy the show and or enjoy EL then this is an easy choice.
Raylan because he reminds me of my MO cousins
My favorite scene was Boyd (imaginatively) giving the bullets to shoot Ms. Carol.
Raylan: runagin American
Chivalrous, cool, and witty!
I've really enjoyed all the books in this series. Raylan is by far one of the coolest marshalls since Wyatt Earp. Im a huge fan of the tv show and have loved exploring the character from the authors perspective. I do wish they had just stuck with one narrator though.
Even though I had heard that many aspects of this story had been integrated by the TV series writing staff for the show scripts, I still was curious to hear it for myself.
Not too bad overall and as others have said, this story is more like the TV series than any of the previous writings, including the basis of the Raylan character, the short story "Fire in the Hole".
I do think another reader would do a better job with this story though. This reader does a good job, I just think a different voice quality would work better.
Yes, to catch nuances missed in first listen. I enjoyed the departure from the scenes similar to the TV series.
I don't know
The poker scene where Jackie plays against the horseowners buddies and wins a million dollars was my favorite, as I had not seen some variation in the TV series
I enjoyed listening to it over a period of days as I have it set up to play through my car sound system
It's great to hear a well written story that is read to perfection.
Other Elmore Leonard story.
no, but I saw him play Sherk on Broadway
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.
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