Friday, February 17, 2012


Identity. Elmore Leonard never seems to add a second word when one will do, whether in dialog or description. Raylan is his latest novel featuring U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens as the central character. Readers who are unfamiliar with this character from previous novels or from the TV series, Justified, may find the character developed in this novel to be a bit spare. For fans, this is a worthy installment featuring an intriguing character, and the writing soars. The subject matter of drug and body part sales in former coal mining country provides a lively backdrop of characters and situations for Givens to play out his role. Readers who like well written crime fiction are those most likely to enjoy this novel.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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