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"Elmore Leonard can write circles around almost anybody active in the crime novel today."--New York Times Book ReviewWith 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.
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The continued commercial success of the FX television series Justified has created a large fan base for Leonard's gritty crime stories featuring U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Given audiences' strong attachment to the actor who portrays Givens on television, narrator Brian D'Arcy James faces an uphill battle in this audio edition. However, James proves more than equal to the task, creating convincing Southern accents and distinct character voices. In Harlan County, Ky., the Crowe brothers are career drug dealers who've moved up to selling human organs for transplant on the black market. Naturally, the only man who can stop them is Givens. James's performance is not to be missed: his range of dialects and personalities is so impressive that listeners may think this audio features a full cast. A HarperCollins paperback. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens first appeared in Pronto and Riding the Rap. Then Raylan, as portrayed by actor Timothy Olyphant, became the hero of the hit Fox television series Justified. Now Leonard lays down another splendidly grimy crime yarn featuring his law-enforcing protagonist. Raylan finds himself drawn into a bizarre set of cases involving drug dealers, moonshiners, coal-mining conglomerates, and the urban legend-like harvesting of human organs. Yes, siree, Harlan County, KY, ain't no sleepy bunch of tree-lined hollers no more. Raylan, true to character, is willing to allow cocky law breakers enough leash to choke themselves. The bolder ones wind up in front of his pistol. VERDICT Leonard lovers will find the fascinatingly twisted personalities common to his fiction here, along with memorable trademark Leonard moments of humor, grit, and greed. Raylan will play well with his current popularity and won't disappoint fans of the books and the show. [See Prepub Alert, 8/21/11.]-Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"A punchy mix of crime and Kentucky coal-mine sociology . . . It's one of Leonard's best thrillers in years."--Entertainment Weekly "In addition to kinetic storytelling and spot-on dialogue, Leonard has a cool wit. . . . Characters roll from scene to scene, urged on by self-interest and greed, bumping against one another and building up steam until they're smashing together in orgies of violence."--New York Times Book Review "The smarter crooks give Raylan grudging respect; his fellow lawmen grant him their highest praise: 'You're doin' a job the way we like to see it done.' The same can be said of the 86-year-old Elmore Leonard."--Wall Street Journal ""Raylan" is Leonard's best of the 21st century--good stuff from first page to last."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "[Leonard's] finely honed sentences can sound as flinty/poetic as Hemingway or as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler. His ear for the way people talk--or should--is peerless."--Detroit News A punchy mix of crime and Kentucky coal-mine sociology . . . It s one of Leonard s best thrillers in years. --Entertainment Weekly" In addition to kinetic storytelling and spot-on dialogue, Leonard has a cool wit. . . . Characters roll from scene to scene, urged on by self-interest and greed, bumping against one another and building up steam until they re smashing together in orgies of violence. --New York Times Book Review" "Raylan" is Leonard s best of the 21st centurygood stuff from first page to last. --Los Angeles Times Book Review" The smarter crooks give Raylan grudging respect; his fellow lawmen grant him their highest praise: You re doin a job the way we like to see it done. The same can be said of the 86-year-old Elmore Leonard. --Wall Street Journal" "Raylan" is Leonard s best of the 21st century good stuff from first page to last. --Los Angeles Times Book Review" [Leonard s] finely honed sentences can sound as flinty/poetic as Hemingway or as hard-boiled as Raymond Chandler. His ear for the way people talk or should is peerless. --Detroit News" "There is no greater writer of crime fiction than Elmore Leonard, and no one who has more resplendent energy. . . . Like pretty well every Leonard novel, Raylan is a delight."--The Guardian (UK) "Raylan is Leonard's best of the 21st century--good stuff from first page to last."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "With a practised ease and the craft of more than half a century of novelistic composition, Leonard works like the Picasso of crime fiction . . . Raylan is as close as it gets to creating the complete illusion of unmediated entertainment on the page."--San Francisco Chronicle There is no greater writer of crime fiction than Elmore Leonard, and no one who has more resplendent energy. . . . Like pretty well every Leonard novel, Raylan is a delight. --The Guardian (UK)" Raylan is Leonard s best of the 21st century good stuff from first page to last. --Los Angeles Times Book Review" With a practised ease and the craft of more than half a century of novelistic composition, Leonard works like the Picasso of crime fiction . . . Raylan is as close as it gets to creating the complete illusion of unmediated entertainment on the page. --San Francisco Chronicle"

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