Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard

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I didn’t feel like I missed anything starting with the last book in this series. It was a fun read for sure. A majority of the dialogue is entertaining, though, in some spots, it seemed like back and forth between high school kids. While from the Crowes that is almost excusable, from Art and Raylan not so much. None the less, all the dialogue will make you, at the very least, smile.

The characters are easy to love, all of them, even the criminals. Which is great, as it’s a character-driven story. Their mountain charm (and tongue) never grew old. There were a few parts the story fell flat, but overall, this short read kept you turning the page.

All of that said, I’d be lying if I didn’t put out there that I found the TV show better. Even still, I plan to read the rest of the books in this series, because I love, love, love, Raylan Givens. He’s the best male character I’ve read in a long, long time.

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T I T L E: Raylan: A Novel

S E R I E S:  Raylan Givens (Nº 4)

A U T H O R: Elmore Leonard

P U B L I S H • D A T E : January 17, 2012

P U B L I S H E R: HarperCollins Publishers

I S B N:  9780062119469



With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross $300,000, 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 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.

The bad guys are mostly gals this time around: Layla, the nurse who collects kidneys and sells them for ten grand a piece; Carol Conlan, a hard-charging coal-mine executive not above ordering a cohort to shoot point-blank a man who’s standing in her way; and Jackie Nevada, a beautiful sometime college student who can outplay anyone at the poker table and who suddenly finds herself being tracked by a handsome U.S. marshal.


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