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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    James Aroma Park, IL, United States 02-13-12
    James Aroma Park, IL, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Likeable but not remarkeable"
    If you could sum up Raylan in three words, what would they be?

    good solid storytelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Raylan Givens character and how he uses his wits and nerves of steel to get out of tough spots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis OJAI, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Curtis OJAI, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Big buildup for letdown"
    What disappointed you about Raylan?

    It just didn't compare to his previous works and not even close to Raylan's character on Justified.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elmore Leonard again?

    Yes


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    Carolyn Silverton, CO, United States 02-13-12
    Carolyn Silverton, CO, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "As good if not better than 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

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    Susan D Somerset, NJ USA 02-13-12
    Susan D Somerset, NJ USA 02-13-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Great for fans of Justified"

    A fast enjoyable listen for someone who enjoys JUSTIFIED ??? and Leonard's particular gifts for dialogue, character, and off-the-wall plotting.

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    Richard Hamilton, OH, United States 02-09-12
    Richard Hamilton, OH, United States 02-09-12
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    "Very faithful to the television show"
    Would you listen to Raylan again? Why?

    Yes, its a great and engaging story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene, I dont want to spoil anything but its a very Raylan way to end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Angel 02-08-12
    Angel 02-08-12
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    What disappointed you about Raylan?

    The summarized story, the one about unwilling organ donors,, is the first of several in this recording and comprises about half the total recording time. The story itself is just too convenient, contains some flashy conversations and promising scenarios, but the resolutions of the conflicts are, for the most part, facile--just too convenient. Disappointing. Promise unfulfilled. Not recommended as good value for a credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    d. Pleasant View, TN, United States 01-27-12
    d. Pleasant View, TN, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Needed a scorecard to keep up"

    As much as I like the character of Raylan Givens, this book was an impossibility to keep up with, having no point. When The book ended I was terribly surprised. I thought " the end? where was the story"? The story bounced around more the a basketball during march madness. It was very hard to follow the four or five story lines going on at the same time. It seems that Elmore Leonard like the have characters reoccur. Much of the story was the second season of "Justified." The story just seemed to ramble on, not much different that strolling through the mountains of Kentucky. I listened to the book between two of Lee Child's Jack Reacher stores. I much more like the narrator of the "Reacher" stories to the narrator of "Raylan" Brian D'Arcy James' voice became irritating after a while. His southern accents sounded like a non southern actor trying to act southern. The narration did not work. I was truly disappointed. A waste of time and money.

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    Carolyn SILVERTON, CO, United States 02-13-12
    Carolyn SILVERTON, CO, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "As good if not better than 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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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