Raylan Summary

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

The revered New York Times bestselling author, recognized as “America’s greatest crime writer” (Newsweek), brings back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the mesmerizing hero of Pronto, Riding the Rap, and the hit FX series Justified.

With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross $300,000, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you—especially when it’s sold off piece by piece.

So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But Raylan isn’t your average marshal; he’s the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla, the cool transplant nurse, about to go for his kidneys.

The bad guys are mostly gals this time around: Layla, the nurse who collects kidneys and sells them for ten grand a piece; Carol Conlan, a hard-charging coal-mine executive not above ordering a cohort to shoot point-blank a man who’s standing in her way; and Jackie Nevada, a beautiful sometime college student who can outplay anyone at the poker table and who suddenly finds herself being tracked by a handsome U.S. marshal.

Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard—a page-turner filled with the sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.

Book Reviews

Handsome Smitty

The End5 star

Good pulpy episodic read ready for the cameras!55

boots saddle

Raylan3 star

Struggled through 100 pages. BORING!! Save your money.35

Phillip Mottaz

Like fan fiction, but from THE author5 star

One of my favorite shows was “Justified,” and this is like an official extra season. Fun, tense writing.55


A great read!4 star

Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors with his signature witty dialogue and this book does not disappoint. Very funny!45

Betsy F.

Raylan - more Raylan4 star

If you like Raylan, you'll like this book. It isn't as good as the "Fire In The Hole" short story, originating the character, but it is an a absorbing romp in the world of Harlan (coal mining Ky) and Raylan's idiosyncratic US Marshall ways. He is a Good Guy and he takes those Bad Guys down in style. How fun is that!45


Written by a Leonard impersonator1 star

What a disappointment! This whole book has a forced feeling about it. I guess even top selling authors need the cash. Save yours.15


Raylan2 star

Mostly a rehash of tv show. It"s a great show but I was looking for something new. Not up to Dutch Leonard"s standards.25


You gotta love Elmore! The great American gift that keeps on giving.4 star

Raylin is a sly old dog, don't leave your fingers dangling, he might shoot them off to save your life. A different reality, known to one of the best living American authors today, Robert Parker rest his soul. Here's to Burke, Mosley, and Leonard today - the best in the business, please keep it going!45


Raylan1 star

Horrible book. This is just season three of the television show on paper. Shame on the author rehashing his show and selling it.15

Bill Okla

Raylan1 star

This is one of the poorest novels I have ever tried to read. It's based on a completely unbelievable story line. It's based on the urban legion of people stealing kidneys. Don't waste your money!!15

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