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ISBN13: 9780062119476
ISBN10: 0062119478
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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 Raylan isn't your average marshal; he's the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. 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.

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“A punchy mix of crime and Kentucky coal-mine sociology....It's one of Leonard's best thrillers in years.” Entertainment Weekly

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“With a practiced ease and the craft of more than half a century of novelistic composition, Leonard works like the Picasso of crime fiction...Raylan is as close as it gets to creating the complete illusion of unmediated entertainment on the page.” San Francisco Chronicle

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“In addition to kinetic storytelling and spot-on dialogue, Leonard has a cool wit....Characters roll from scene to scene, urged on by self-interest and greed, bumping against one another and building up steam until they're smashing together in orgies of violence.” New York Times Book Review

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Raylan is Leonard's best of the 21st century — good stuff from first page to last.” Los Angeles Times Book Review

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“[Leonard's] finely honed sentences can sound as flinty/poetic as Hemingway or as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler. His ear for the way people talk — or should — is peerless.” Detroit News

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“There is no greater writer of crime fiction than Elmore Leonard, and no one who has more resplendent energy....Like pretty well every Leonard novel, Raylan is a delight.” The Guardian (UK)

About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino's Jackie BrownJustified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story “Fire in the Hole”. He was a recipient of the National Book Foundations Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the "Dickens of Detroit" and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

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Edward Hahn, January 14, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I managed to finish this book in 72 hours which is an indication of how good I think it is. I have read almost everything Elmore Leonard has written except his early Western stories. I am also a big fan of the TV program "Justified" which follows Raylan Givens as he deals with his re-assignment to a small office in his home county of Kentucky. This collection of what is basically three stories pulled together and somewhat intertwined is a result of the popularity of "Justified".

The three plots involve organ trafficking, bank robbing girls and a poker playing genius. Running through the three major plots are some of my favorite characters Pervis Crowe, marijuana growing grandfather, Boyd Crowder, charming "ne'er do well", Art Mullen, Raylans boss, and others.

Somehow Leonard manages to pull the whole thing together with his incredible ability to make almost unbelievable characters believable. The plot is always interesting but secondary to the characters and the dialogue. For me these same elements are what makes the TV show so appealing.

There are no deeper meanings here except perhaps that Raylan, simplifies the tension between good and evil with his willingness to shoot bad guys or girls. I got what I wanted from this book, a quick read and entertaining, book with a dollop of humor, a lot of action and great dialogue. I recommend it for anyone who wants a break from serious literature.
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lukas, March 24, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Like a lot of readers, I picked this up because I'm a fan of the show "Justified," now in its fifth season. It was based on the story "Fire in the Hole," which appeared in the collection, "When the Women Come Out to Dance." Marshal Raylan Givens also appears in the novels "Pronto" and "Riding the Rap." This was Leonard's final novel before his death in 2013 and it's a little disappointing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062119476
Author:
Leonard, Elmore
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20121226
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.612613 in 10.4 oz

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Product details 288 pages William Morrow Paperbacks - English 9780062119476 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A punchy mix of crime and Kentucky coal-mine sociology....It's one of Leonard's best thrillers in years.”
"Review" by , “With a practiced ease and the craft of more than half a century of novelistic composition, Leonard works like the Picasso of crime fiction...Raylan is as close as it gets to creating the complete illusion of unmediated entertainment on the page.”
"Review" by , “In addition to kinetic storytelling and spot-on dialogue, Leonard has a cool wit....Characters roll from scene to scene, urged on by self-interest and greed, bumping against one another and building up steam until they're smashing together in orgies of violence.”
"Review" by , Raylan is Leonard's best of the 21st century — good stuff from first page to last.”
"Review" by , “[Leonard's] finely honed sentences can sound as flinty/poetic as Hemingway or as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler. His ear for the way people talk — or should — is peerless.”
"Review" by , “There is no greater writer of crime fiction than Elmore Leonard, and no one who has more resplendent energy....Like pretty well every Leonard novel, Raylan is a delight.”
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