This should be required reading for all aspiring writers. Dialog is terse, lean and mean, the vernacular slick as a whistle. The plot is deceptively random and populated by seriously flawed characters, though each one of them shows the occasional glimmer of humanity. What at first might have appeared as a series of short stories suddenly comes together as a single, wickedly entertaining narrative when the puppet master pulls the strings. Just when I thought Elmore Leonard couldn't get any better, along comes "Raylan" and sets the bar a notch higher.
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