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Raylan (Raylan Givens Series #3)

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Raylan

I love Elmore Leonard and I love the FX series Justified, led by one of the greatest TV characters, Raylan Givens. Inspired by the excellent series, Leonard decided to write a new novel featuring Givens, a U.S. Marshall in Harlan County, Kentucky. Raylan, as all Leona...
I love Elmore Leonard and I love the FX series Justified, led by one of the greatest TV characters, Raylan Givens. Inspired by the excellent series, Leonard decided to write a new novel featuring Givens, a U.S. Marshall in Harlan County, Kentucky. Raylan, as all Leonard's novels do, features spectacular dialogue, which is always entertaining to read, along with characters that are always interesting to follow as they go through several double-crosses and gunfights. Raylan isn't as much a novel as it is a book with inter-twined novellas. Reviews for the book have said that there are three "novellas", but from what I read, there are clearly four, excellent, fun novellas in Elmore Leonard's most recent criminal masterpiece.

posted by McCarthy92 on February 4, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Glad I watch the television series

I don't often think a television series or movie is better than the book but this is one of those times that I could have skipped the book. While I like the character Raylan Givens, the characters in the book are not well developed so if I had not already been familiar ...
I don't often think a television series or movie is better than the book but this is one of those times that I could have skipped the book. While I like the character Raylan Givens, the characters in the book are not well developed so if I had not already been familiar with them by watching "Justified" the book would have been very weak indeed. Also, the story seemed to have no cohesiveness. As a previous review mentioned, it was like two episodes written into a book. However, in this case there was no character development to meld the two together. I commend the producers of "Justified" for "seeing" promise in Raylan because this book was disappointing after watching the series.

posted by jonibo on February 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Amusing, reminded me of the show

    As I read this, I kept seeing the actors and actresses from "Justified" in the characters. I found myself laughing at some of the scenes. Will have to look for the first two books to see how the characters began. I enjoyed it & would recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2015

    One of a kind character!

    Great fun, interesting cast of characters, and sexy marshal.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    Recommended

    Raylan is an interesting character and Elmore provides a little humor

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Raylan was a great Elmore Leonard read. Leonard's distinctive st

    Raylan was a great Elmore Leonard read. Leonard's distinctive style comes through with Raylan's one sentence dialog. The book is very reminiscent of the TV show. I listened to the audio of this book and the music and delivery of the lines were like the TV show also. Very good book.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    When the book started off with kidney kidnappings, I wasn't too

    When the book started off with kidney kidnappings, I wasn't too sure it was for me. But that was just the beginning, and several wild tales followed, keeping me entertained. It would be 3 stars, but the interesting characters make it a 4.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Raylin,,,,a good book!

    This book is written for everyone who enjoys law enforcment type action.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Leonarf Elmore and Raylan

    Would have been better with a stronger central plot. But even when its not his best work, Elmore Leonard is always fun.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    Book vs. Show

    Fans of Elmore Leonard will be familiar with Raylan Givens, the US Marshall who was featured in Leonard's previous books Pronto and Riding the Rap. At eighty six years old, Elmore Leonard shows no signs of slowing down. He's just released his latest book - Raylan. Raylan is also the star of the hit television series Justified. (I'm hooked on the show and Timothy Olyphant)

    Harlan County, Kentucky is hurting from the closure of coal mines. Entreprenurial folk have now made marijanua the county's number one cash crop. Raylan is familiar with most of the players, having grown up in Harlan County. But two enterprising souls have discovered yet another lucrative sideline - body parts, mostly kidneys. How to stop this dogged US Marshall that's hot on their trail? Well, he does have two perfectly good kidneys...And that's just one of the three storylines Leonard has penned for Raylan. Although they were loosely connected, each felt like a separate novella.

    Now, Raylan released after the mid season break of Season Two of Justified. I found some of story lines and characters from television repeated in the book, albeit with a few changes. Or did the television series borrow heavily from the book? So, part of the storyline was not new, but parts of it were. No matter, fans will still be captured.

    The audio version of Raylan features Brian D'Arcy James as the reader. As a fan of Justified, I have come to associated certain actors and voices with the characters. I was concerned that I wouldn't identify with new voices. But that concern was unfounded. James employed a great accent for each of the characters, almost matching those I knew. His tones and inflections immediately brought Harlan County to life. Leonard's strength is in his dialogue and James did it justice.

    Raylan is a walk tall, talk soft, draw your gun and use it kind of lawman. Fans of Jack Reacher and Joe Pike would enjoy the character of Raylan Givens. A gritty, down and dirty tale filled with Leonard's trademark whip smart dialogue.

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