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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master does it again
Raylan Givens, US Marshal, looks up a weed dealer in a hotel room only to find him sat in a tub with ice and his kidneys missing. From there a twisting trail of murder, blackmail, land dispute, and cards unfolds taking in everyone from an elderly drug baron operating out of a food stamps store to a disgruntled nurse who decides to strike out on her own, to a band of bank...
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Noel
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book equivalent of a compilation movie... but with class
Reads like three interlinked episodes of the Justified TV series - in fact a number of elements were used in the series. Leonard gives us an entertaining cross-linked trio of stories with sparky dialogue and a shoot 'em up modern western backdrop, but little in terms of depth. The stories focus on various female villains each with a criminal project with little prospect...
Published 13 months ago by Steven Aldous
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read.,
A bit like Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy the book isn't quite the same as the TV series. If you've enjoyed the TV series then you'll like the book. I would have given it 5 stars had there been more of the stories as it felt a little short. Don't let this put you off.
4.0 out of 5 stars justified?,
This review is from: Raylan (Paperback)
will always read Leonard. found raylan interesting in earlier books and enjoyed the tv series. any leonard fan will enjoy this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try, you will be hooked,
Elmore Leonard gives atmosphere and colour to the coal country of Kentucky & Virginia like no other along with great story telling and characterisation. What dark pictures he paints. I can't put his books down
5.0 out of 5 stars Raylan,
Great! That easy speaking charm of Raylan wins me in the book as much as on TV. This book is mainly about kidneys and organs for sale - if you remember the TV episodes - but I think the characters are so well rounded, so alive that its worth reading this just to see how its done.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...,
Marvellously planned novel, of imbricated plots and sub-plots, beautifully executed in a refined and complex speech/prose. Leonard at his most original but also most tpical of the best US crime fiction.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as TV,
Books(s) as good as the tv series which is excellent , but I've never read a poor Elmore Leonard story
5.0 out of 5 stars More mastery from Elmore Leonard,
Elmore Leonard began his career in the 50s writing Westerns before moving on to crime. His hero Raylan Givens brings the two genres together. He is a modern day lawman and gunslinger operating in the backwoods of Kentucky - the wild East - where the moonshiners now cook methampetamine, grow marijuana and run dope for the mobs, and Big Coal does its damndest to grab mining rights by fair means or foul.
In lesser hands Raylan might be a stereotype from the canon of Americana (gunslinger, cool cop), but Elmore Leonard is a master who understands his world and his characters perfectly, bringing them to life with pitch perfect dialogue, and we believe Raylan 101%, just as we believe the rest of the characters.
And the storytelling is... well, just buy the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Raylan - the character that keeps giving,
In essence this is a series of short stories featuring Raylan.
If you are and Elmore Leonard fan you've probably run into Raylan before and know what to expect. Leonard loves to juxtapose urban and metropolitan sensibilities and zeitgeist with redneck/hayseed homespun frontier spirit - and in Raylan he synthesises that mechanism into one character. So Raylan is a series of contrary and conflicting outlooks condensed into one human, always playing against type when presented with a view point. He acts "cityfied" with rednecks, and folksy/cowboy with urbanites - always playing and testing to see how people react.
Definitely worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down.,
This review is from: Raylan (Hardcover)
I have been a keen fan of the TV series and found this book to be just as impressive. I did find it hard to put down as I was kept wondering what was going to happen next.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining,
Interesting as it is a book based on a character Leonard created that has become a tv show. This is based on the protagonist of the tv show Justified and lives up to both the show and Leonard's usual work
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Raylan by Elmore Leonard (Paperback - 7 Feb 2013)