Riding the Rap (Raylan Givens Series #2)

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It seemed like a brilliant idea. Three mismatched bad guys--a Palm Beach potted, a Bahamian ex-con, and a Puerto Rican gardener turned mob enforcer--get together to carry out the perfect crime: kidnap retired Miami bookie Harry Arno and let him pay the ransom with his ill-gotten wealth. He can't go to the cops later. No one will miss him. It's perfect. Or so they figure.

They figure wrong. Harry's former girlfriend, ex-topless dancer Joyce ...
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Overview

It seemed like a brilliant idea. Three mismatched bad guys--a Palm Beach potted, a Bahamian ex-con, and a Puerto Rican gardener turned mob enforcer--get together to carry out the perfect crime: kidnap retired Miami bookie Harry Arno and let him pay the ransom with his ill-gotten wealth. He can't go to the cops later. No one will miss him. It's perfect. Or so they figure.

They figure wrong. Harry's former girlfriend, ex-topless dancer Joyce Patton, misses him a lot. Now she's sending her current boyfriend, Stetson-hatted federal marshal Raylan Givens, looking for Harry. And Raylan always gets his man. And in this case, he also gets his woman--the last person to see Harry, a sexy psychic named Dawn. Dawn may be clairvoyant, or she may be in on the kidnapping. Either way, she gives Raylan a lead, and he's hunting on Florida's 24-karat Gold Coast for three loco hombres...and trying to bring Harry back alive...

An electrifying new novel from the "greatest living writer of crime fiction" (New York Times Book Review). Harry Arno--the eternally missing bookie--has disappeared again, and straightlaced, Stetson-hatted U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens must track him down. Filled with slick pacing, razor-edged dialogue, and deadeye wit, Leonard has crafted a powerhouse novel of relentless thrills and raw emotion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Leonard's latest, about a kidnapped bookie, spent two weeks on PW's bestseller list. (June)
Bill Ott
Harry Arno, the bookie who loves Ezra Pound, and Raylan Givens, the Shane of South Beach, are back. When last seen, at the conclusion of Elmore Leonard's "Pronto" , 69-year-old Harry was dancing between the Feds and the Mob, both of whom had misgivings about his behavior, and the anachronistic lawman Givens was calmly shooting Tommy "The Zip" Bucks across an art deco cocktail table in the bar of the Cardozo Hotel. We pick up the action a few months later with Harry drinking too much Absolut vodka and making the mistake of hiring Puerto Rican tough guy Bobby Dio to collect 16.5K from a deadbeat who hasn't paid his sports bets. When the deadbeat and his cronie, a Bahamanian con man named Louis Lewis, join forces with Bobby Deo to abduct Harry, and when Raylan gives chase with the help of a slightly bent fortune teller, all the pieces are in place for another of Leonard's irresistible tragicomedies. If "Pronto" was the Marx Brothers with guns, this sequel is a stoned version of "Ransom of Red Chief." Anyone who thinks Quentin Tarantino invented the idea of juxtaposing bursts of graphic violence against the comic ordinariness of daily life needs to do a little homework--Leonard's lovably lethal lowlifes were mixing humanity with mayhem long before Tarantino began his career as a video-store clerk. Still, it's no surprise that the creator of "Pulp Fiction" has optioned four Leonard novels, nor for that matter, that John Travolta will star in the film version of Leonard's "Get Shorty", to open this summer. Nobody writes snappier dialogue than Leonard, and nobody understands more about the thin line separating hip bravado from wet-palmed terror.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060082185
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Raylan Givens Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elmore Leonard

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 Foundation’s 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.

Biography

Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Be Cool, Get Shorty and Rum Punch. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. He is the recipient of the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Elmore John Leonard Jr.
      Elmore Leonard
    2. Hometown:
      Bloomfield Village, Michigan
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950
    2. Website:

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Ocala Police picked up Dale Crowe Junior for weaving, two o'clock in the morning, crossing the the center line and having a busted taillight. Then while Dale was blowing a point-one-nine they put his name and date of birth into the national crime computer and learned he was a fugitive felon, wanted on a three-year-old charge of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Incarceration. A few days later Raylan Givens, with the Marshals Service, came up from Palm Beach County to take Dale back and the Ocala Police wondered about Raylan.

How come if he was a federal officer and Dale Crowe Junior was wanted on a state charge...He told them he was with FAST, the Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, assigned to the Sheriff's Office in West Palm. And that was pretty much all this marshal said. They wondered too, since he was alone, how he'd be able to drive and keep an eye on his prisoner. Dale Crowe Junior had been convicted of a third-degree five-year felony, Battery of a Police Officer, and was looking at additional time on the fugitive warrant. Dale Junior might feel he had nothing to lose on this trip south. He was a rangy kid with the build of a college athlete, bigger than this marshal in his blue suit and cowboy boots--the marshal calm though, not appearing to be the least apprehensive. He said the West Palm strike team was shorthanded at the moment, the reason he was alone, but believed he would manage.

And when he put his hat on and drove off with Dale Junior in the confiscated two-year-old Cadillac he was using, a dark blue one, an Ocala officer said, "He believes he'll manage..."

Another officer said, "Don't you know who that is? He's the one the Mafia guy drew on lastwinter in Miami Beach, the two of them sitting at the same table, and this marshal shot him dead. Yeah, Raylan Givens. It was in the paper."

"That why he didn't give us the time of day? I doubt he said five words. Shows us his star..."

The one who had read about Raylan Givens said, "I didn't get that impression. I saw him as all business, the kind goes by the book."

He said to Dale Crowe Junior, "I know you think you can drive when you've had a few. How good are you when you're sober?"

This marshal not sounding like the usual hard-ass lawman; Dale Junior was glad of that. He said, "I had a Caddy myself one time, till I sold it for parts and went to work at Disney's. You know what I tried out for? Play Goofy. Mickey Mouse's friend? Only you had to water-ski and I couldn't get the hang of it. Sir, I like to mention that these three years since I took off? I been clean. I never even left the state of Florida all that time, not wanting to be too far away from my folks, my old mom and dad, except I never did get to see them."

The marshal, Raylan Givens, said, "If you're gonna talk I'll put you in the trunk and I'll drive."

So neither of them said another word until they were south of Orlando on the Turnpike, 160 miles to West Palm, Dale Junior staring straight ahead at the highway, flat and straight through Florida scrub, boring, holding it right around sixty so as to make the trip last, give him time to think of a move he might try on the marshal. The man didn't appear to be much to handle, had a slim build and looked like a farmer--sounded like one, too--forty years old or so; he sat against his door, seat belt fastened, turned somewhat this way. He had on one of those business cowboy hats, but broken in; it looked good on him, the way he wore it cocked low on his eyes.

Dale Junior would feel him staring, though when he glanced over the marshal was usually looking out at the road or the countryside, patient, taking the ride as it came. Dale Junior decided to start feeling him out.

"Can I say something?"

The marshal was looking at him now.

"What's that?"

"There's a service plaza coming up. I wouldn't mind stopping, get something to eat?"

The man shook his head and Dale Junior made a face, giving the marshal an expression of pain.

"I couldn't eat that jail food they give you. Some kind of potatoes and imitation eggs cold as ice." He waited as long as he could, almost a minute, and said, "I don't see why we can't talk some. Pass the time."

The marshal said, "I don't care to hear any sad stories, all the bad luck and bum deals life's handed you."

Dale Junior showed him a frown. "Don't it mean anything I got nothing on my sheet the past three years, that I've been clean all that time?"

The marshal said, "Not to me it doesn't. Son, you're none of my business."

Dale Junior shook his head, giving himself a beat look now, without hope. He said, "I'll tell you, I thought more'n once of giving myself up. You know why?"

The marshal waited, not helping any.

"So I could see my folks. So I'd know they was okay. I didn't dare write, knowing the mails would be watched." When the marshal didn't comment Dale Junior said, "They do that, don't they?"

"What?"

"Watch the mails?"

Junior said, "Oh, well," paused and said, "My old Dad lost one of his legs, had it bit off by a alligator this time he's fishing the rim canal, by Lake Okeechobee? I sure wish I could see him before we get to Gun Club. That's where we're going, huh, the Gun Club jail?"

"You're going to the County lockup," the marshal said, "to await a sentence hearing."

"Yeah, well, that's what they call it, account of it's off Club Road. So you're not from around there, huh, West Palm?"

The marshal didn't answer, seeming more interseted in the sky, clouds coming in from way out over the ocean.

"Where you from anyway?"

"I live down in Miami."

"I been there once or twice. Man, all the spics, huh? My dad's never been to Palm Beach or seen the ocean. Never got any closer'n Twenty Mile Bend. You believe it? Spent his whole life over there around Belle Glade, Canal Point, Pahokee..." He waited, eyes on the road before saying, "You know, if we was to get off near Stuart we could take Seventy-six over to the lake, run on down to Belle Glade--it wouldn't be more'n a few miles out of the way and I'd get to see my folks. I mean just stop and say hi, kiss my old mom..." Dale Junior turned to look at the marshall. "What would you say to that?" Pie waited and said, "Not much, huh?"

"Your old dad's never been to Palm Beach or seen the ocean," the marshal said, "but he's been up to Starke, hasn't he? He's seen the Florida state prison. You have an uncle came out of there, Elvin Crowe, and another one did his time at Lake Butler. I think we'll skip visiting any of your kin this trip."

Dale Junior said, "My uncles're both dead."

And the marshal said, "By gunshot, huh? You understand how I see your people?"
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  • Posted July 23, 2011

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    Riding the Rap

    2011, for me, has been the year of Elmore Leonard. Prior to the new year, I had not read any of his highly praised works and Riding the Rap would be the fourth novel of his that I've read. Riding the Rap is the second novel to feature Raylan Givens, the U.S. Marshal from the excellent FX Series Justified. Viewers of the show will notice that the episode "The Fixer" is an adaptation of this novel. And while the episode is a great episode, because the book has so much more details, and characters, the fun is doubled. Leonard writes such great dialogue that is fun to just say out loud while you're reading it. Everything is great in yet another amazing piece by Elmore Leonard.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Good story but a publishing rip-off.

    Leonard is one of my favorite storytellers and this one is no exception, but "short story" would be a more accurate description. Over 60 pages of this 251 page e-book version are filled with hype about other Leonard works. The actual story fills pages 5 through 192 and the term "fills" is used loosely. Much of the dialogue is presented in short, double-spaced sentences.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    one of Loeanard's best!

    a complete page turners, the characters seem more then real, i think i'm hooked on this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    You can't go wrong

    It's Elmore Leonard. How bad can it be? Poker-faced humor, astute observations of human nature. I've often thought Raylan Givens could be played well by Clint Eastwood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Real rap

    Eminem is the best and always will be the best. His movie 8mile is al the best movie to exist. "Everybody in the 3-1-3 put ya motha fukin hands up and follow ne, and as you can see this man did not have his hand up"

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    This is Leonard's second Raylan Givens novel, that the show 'Jus

    This is Leonard's second Raylan Givens novel, that the show 'Justified' is based on.  Once again, Raylan seems to spend most of his time going off on his own, rather than sticking purely with his US Marshall services job.   




    Harry, from 'Pronto' , the first Raylan Givens' book, is a retired bookie who returns In this book.   After running from the mob in book one, he is kidnapped by a trio of truly strange characters in this book.  Raylan gets involved with a beautiful young psychic; an old woman whose memory has gone, and her druggie son who is selling everything out of her mansion; a brash you man who dreams of killing situations that make him look macho;  and a truly crazy enforcer.




    Raylan  continues to be his own man.  This quality makes him, and his stories, uniquely interesting.  Sometimes I wish Elmore Leonard wasn't so stereotypically racist with every group one could possible think about in his books.  The saving grace with this, I believe, is to show the stupidity of these attitudes. Gently macho is definitely in, as Raylan determines his own means of justice!!

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    Posted February 26, 2013

    Miranda to anyone

    Who wants to chat

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    You want some competition

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    Im here now u go first!!!!!!

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    My life is a rail road track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Excellant reading

    Book is very intriguing.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Fans of Elmore Leonard already know about this book but I recommend it for fans of the TV series 'Justified.' The book gives some insight to the Raylon Givins character and some of the episodes of the show. However, be aware that the Timithoy Oliphant character on TV is not quite the same as how Leonard envisioned the character.

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