It's not hard to hard to be swept away by any of Elmore Leonard's characters in his books, and Raylan is one of his best. Rayland exemplifies the very..Show More » best of an old west sheriff in a modern day world serving in the U.S. Marshall's service. Loaded with characters and dialogue that you will not soon forget. It is not hard to understand why so many of Elmore's books and characters make it to the big screen and television; they are just plain and simple entertainment. Enjoy this listen!
"Huggers and fortune-tellers; you're into some weird sh!t aren't you?" -- Elmore Leonard, Riding the Rap
Like Pronto, 'Riding the Rap' is..Show More »n't top shelf Elmore Leonard, but even bottom shelf (which this is not) Elmore Leonard is usually worth the money/time. This is the second Elmore Leonard novel to feature Raylan Givens in it. The most interesting part of this whole novel is the dialogue and interaction between the Raylan Givens and the Reverend Dawn Navarro. Navarro is a psychic who appears to float pretty close to the astral plane. She most certainly is very observant, which means she is a good foil and a good counter-point to Raylan Givens who also seems to be able to read people in an almost uncanny way.
Like a lot of Leonard books, some of the side characters are the most fascinating and worthwhile parts of the book. Anyway, if you want to see nice crooks with well constructed plans ... you should just go watch Oceans 11, 12, 13, etc. If you want plans that fall apart because human nature is often filled with opportunistic, self-defeating, less than rational low lifes, who find working in groups difficult, well, hell, this is the book for you. Elmore Leonard is kinda working ground he's worked before (kidnappings gone wrong) and in someways this feels a bit like a retread of The Switch. Listen folks, kidnapping isn't something that should be attempted by amateurs and definitely should not be done by amateurs smoking pot.
Once again, Elmore's wonderful prose makes you feel the places and the people with a stunning reality. Alas, third person descriptive style, althoug..Show More »h great for novels, is not best for short stories.
The stories are uneven: the best ones, such as Karen Makes Out, are great reads, but the bad ones, such as Ten Killer, just never reaches any level of excitement. I felt the Villains were too weak and the good guy lacking in motivation and style.
If you normally enjoy Elmore's realism, you should enjoy these stories
First, the narrator was excellent. We all know and love Timothy Olyphant's voice, but Mr. James did a great job with all the characters and soon disa..Show More »ppeared into the story perfectly.
"Raylan" has three storylines intertwined. In the first, I can see the essence of Episode 5 from "Justified" Season 3, "Thick as Mud" involving stolen kidneys. In the second, I see the essense of Episode 8 from Season 2, "The Spoil" involving the mining company woman requesting Marshal Givens to protect her, later trying to seduce him, of course. Although, in both cases some characters and events are changed and narrowed in focus to fit the episode restrictions. The third storyline is completely new, but I'm sincerely hoping we see the bones of that storyline later in an episode or even separated into two episodes of Season 3 as I'd love to see the scene with Delroy Lewis in drag. Very funny and tense at the same time.
I had no trouble following all the characters, especially since we know a lot of them from "Justified" and Harlan County, although a few have been changed in gender, etc. Definitely my favorite book of Leonard's Raylan Givens character. Leonard has such a nice sharp rhythm with his dialogue. Loved it. Loved the Tennessee Ernie Ford reference. Favorite quote -- Art Mullen said,"You don't think of your manners and let the woman go first, not when she's pointing a gun at you." That's so Raylan!
Highly recommended as just a fun read, light entertainment... with some gunfire thrown in.