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Raylan: A Novel | [Elmore Leonard]

Raylan: A Novel

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.
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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

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    R. Hannemann Lafayette, IN USA 01-26-14
    R. Hannemann Lafayette, IN USA 01-26-14

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    "Raylan: my common sense cousin"
    Where does Raylan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raylan because he reminds me of my MO cousins


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was Boyd (imaginatively) giving the bullets to shoot Ms. Carol.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Raylan: runagin American


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    Nichole TIMBERLAKE, NC, United States 06-15-12
    Nichole TIMBERLAKE, NC, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great listen"
    If you could sum up Raylan in three words, what would they be?

    Chivalrous, cool, and witty!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 04-19-12
    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Raylan"

    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.

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    Michael Coral Springs, FL, United States 04-17-12
    Michael Coral Springs, FL, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Book varies slightly from TV show"
    Would you listen to Raylan again? Why?

    Yes, to catch nuances missed in first listen. I enjoyed the departure from the scenes similar to the TV series.


    What other book might you compare Raylan to and why?

    I don't know


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed listening to it over a period of days as I have it set up to play through my car sound system


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    Donna Ewing, NJ, United States 03-27-12
    Donna Ewing, NJ, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Raylan Rules"
    What made the experience of listening to Raylan the most enjoyable?

    It's great to hear a well written story that is read to perfection.


    What other book might you compare Raylan to and why?

    Other Elmore Leonard story.


    Have you listened to any of Brian D'Arcy James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I saw him play Sherk on Broadway


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh


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    RORY M WOHL 03-25-12
    RORY M WOHL 03-25-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "No need to purchase if you watch Justified"
    What did you like best about Raylan? What did you like least?

    If you watch the TV show


    Would you recommend Raylan to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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,


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a movie, but a TV show, because that's what it's written like.


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    Aron Patent Plymouth Meeting, PA 03-12-12
    Aron Patent Plymouth Meeting, PA 03-12-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Another Elmore Leonard Winner!"
    If you could sum up Raylan in three words, what would they be?

    Good Read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raylan, of course!


    What does Brian D'Arcy James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good Story Teller


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not Really but it was easy to get back to.


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    Capt. St Petersburg, FL, United States 03-07-12
    Capt. St Petersburg, FL, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Elmore Leonard is always Fantastic, so is Raylan"

    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.

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    Thomas Sterling, IL, United States 03-05-12
    Thomas Sterling, IL, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "? Justified"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Raylan to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Different narrator.


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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 02-18-12
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Welcome back Raylan"

    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.

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