Raylan (Raylan Givens Series #3)

Raylan (Raylan Givens Series #3)

by Elmore Leonard
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Raylan (Raylan Givens Series #3) by Elmore Leonard

“Elmore Leonard can write circles around almost anybody active in the crime novel today.”
New York Times Book Review

With more than forty novels to his credit and still going strong, the legendary Elmore Leonard has well earned the title, “America’s greatest crime writer” (Newsweek). And U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Pronto, Riding the Rap, Fire in the Hole) is one of Leonard’s most popular creations, thanks in part to the phenomenal success of the hit TV series “Justified.” Leonard’s Raylan shines a spotlight once again on the dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, this time in his familiar but not particularly cozy milieu of Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business. Suspenseful, darkly wry and riveting, and crackling with Leonard’s trademark electric dialogue, Raylan is prime Grand Master Leonard as you have always loved him and always will.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119483
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Raylan Givens Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 109,632
File size: 662 KB

About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.


Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1925

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana


B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950

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Raylan 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
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.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Resurrecting Raylan Givens, the U.S. Marshall from Kentucky given to wearing a Stetson cowboy hat and shooting instead of apprehending, Elmore Leonard once again uses his unusual talent for writing droll dialogue and creating amusing and unusual characters to entertain the reader. This time, he begins in Harlan County, where marijuana is king instead of coal (100 pounds of weed can fetch $300,000) which apparently doesn’t satisfy two nincompoop sons of the dope-grower who turn their attention to reaping and selling body parts. Then the author goes on to tell us about another cast of characters, with the slyness only he can muster. It’s a world only people created by Leonard inhabit, and they talk as only he can make them speak. Read it and laugh. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is more of a series of well-written stories than a novel. As Raylan wanders around Kentucky the plot meanders too, without any real cohesion. Ultimately, there is a tie, but the thread is very thin.
Willon More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the series Justified since it came out. When I found out that it was taken from Elmore Leanord's novels I had to read them. I love his writing style and this book does not disappoint. The characters of Reylan Givens, Boyd Crowder, the Crow brothers and others are all introduced in this book. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jonibo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the tv series but very entertaining with many of the great characters we learned to love in the series. Leonard's humor is always a treat! aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book, especially after watching Justified.
otterly More than 1 year ago
Raylan Givens is a federal marshall who endeavors to keep order in the coal country--not the easiest thing to do. A young college coed is helped by Raylan so she can win a large amount of money for her college expenses. I think that I have already read books by Elmore Leonard, but think that a book group might enjoy discussing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To confusing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it very much. Watched his series on TV. Sorry it has ended.
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
Raylan Givens is a hero without trying and funny without realizing it.  His down home humor and straight shooting make him one of the most likable law men ever.  All his stories written by Elmore Leonard are thoroughly entertaining.
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Raylan Givens knows how to show a lady a good time. ~Linda Baker~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun, interesting cast of characters, and sexy marshal.
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Rebel-reader More than 1 year ago
Raylan is an interesting character and Elmore provides a little humor
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Not one of Elmore Leonard's better works to say the leas.
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Zed1955 More than 1 year ago
If you're familiar with the tv series, you'll like this one. It has Boyd Crowder, the Crowes, and plenty of action. Raylan is bad-ass.
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