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
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
“I always felt, you don’t have a good time doin crime, you may as well find a job.”
― Elmore Leonard, Raylan
I'm just going to review this really quick. Raylan is built on three main stories/episodes that are all loosely tied together. It wasn't the best Elmore Leonard out there (may be the weakest Elmore Leonard novel I've read/listened to yet). In some ways this novel seems destined to suffer from the success of the Raylan Givens franchise (see F/X series). The novel almost seemed written with the guarantee of options that the book would get used in the existing series. It holds no surprises and few major disappointments. Most risks taken by Elmore Leonard were taken years earlier. This is a safe novel sold to safe readers.
If you've followed Justified, or The previous books this one adds the icing on the cake
When the women come out to play, the short story "Fire In The Hole" is inside this book
First time nod he did Raylan justice. Sounded a lot like him
Yes, very easy to read as all Elmore Leonard's books. In his words, if you feel like your reading it it's not worth reading.
I don't think you'll be sorry for getting this book. I enjoyed it and the reader made his voice just like Rayland from Justified when he was speaking
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
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