For Fans Of Justified: Raylan, By Elmore Leonard

January 19, 2012

The TV series “Justified” premiered on the FX network in March, 2010 to great acclaim and has remained a hit, popular with an ever increasing group of fans. It won a 2010 Peabody Award and in 2011, 4 of its actors were nominated for Emmy Awards with one winning. Justified is based on Elmore Leonard’s short story, Fire In The Hole, and his novels Pronto and Riding The Rap. Leonard has been described by Newsweek as “the best American writer of crime fiction alive–and perhaps the best ever”.

In the show, old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky where he encounters characters from his past. You can borrow the first 2 seasons of Justified on DVD from the Essex Library. Writers for the series, when stuck for ideas on plot resolution, ask themselves, “What would Elmore do?”  Now, readers can know firsthand what Elmore would do because he’s just published a new novel entitled, “Raylan”.

From the publisher of Raylan: “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.”

Watch Elmore Leonard discuss his characters in Raylan and Justified: