Riding the Rap (Raylan Givens Series #2)

Riding the Rap (Raylan Givens Series #2)

by Elmore Leonard


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“Wicked and irresistible….Elmore Leonard is a literary genius.”
New York Times Book Review

Before U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens began electrifying TV viewers across America (in the hit series Justified), he “starred” in Elmore Leonard’s Riding the Rap—an explosive, twisty tale of a brazen Florida kidnap caper gone outrageously wrong. Chock full of wildly eccentric and deliciously criminal characters—including a psycho enforcer with a green thumb, a Bahamian bad man, and the beautiful, unabashedly greedy psychic Reverend Dawn—Riding the Rap dazzles with Leonard’s trademark ingenious plot turns and razor-keen dialogue. Gripping, surprising, and unforgettable, it is a crime fiction gem that any thriller writer—from past masters John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain to the bestselling mystery auteurs of today—would be thrilled to call his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062122476
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Raylan Givens Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 72,391
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.


Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1925

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana


B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950

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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is Leonard's second Raylan Givens novel, that the show 'Justified' is based on.  Once again, Raylan seems to spend most of his time going off on his own, rather than sticking purely with his US Marshall services job.    Harry, from 'Pronto' , the first Raylan Givens' book, is a retired bookie who returns In this book.   After running from the mob in book one, he is kidnapped by a trio of truly strange characters in this book.  Raylan gets involved with a beautiful young psychic; an old woman whose memory has gone, and her druggie son who is selling everything out of her mansion; a brash you man who dreams of killing situations that make him look macho;  and a truly crazy enforcer. Raylan  continues to be his own man.  This quality makes him, and his stories, uniquely interesting.  Sometimes I wish Elmore Leonard wasn't so stereotypically racist with every group one could possible think about in his books.  The saving grace with this, I believe, is to show the stupidity of these attitudes. Gently macho is definitely in, as Raylan determines his own means of justice!!
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
2011, for me, has been the year of Elmore Leonard. Prior to the new year, I had not read any of his highly praised works and Riding the Rap would be the fourth novel of his that I've read. Riding the Rap is the second novel to feature Raylan Givens, the U.S. Marshal from the excellent FX Series Justified. Viewers of the show will notice that the episode "The Fixer" is an adaptation of this novel. And while the episode is a great episode, because the book has so much more details, and characters, the fun is doubled. Leonard writes such great dialogue that is fun to just say out loud while you're reading it. Everything is great in yet another amazing piece by Elmore Leonard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a complete page turners, the characters seem more then real, i think i'm hooked on this author!
snat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, Raylan Givens. Life was so dark before I knew you.For those unfamiliar with the television show Justified, this novel (along with Pronto) serves as the inspiration for the story of Raylan Givens, a U. S. Marshal from Harlan, Kentucky, who has a gun on his hip, a Stetson on his head, and a chip on his shoulder. Torn between coal country's familial "code of honor" and his own desire to be an Old West cowboy meting out justice based on a black/white understanding of right and wrong, Raylan often finds himself in the questionable middle ground of moral decisions. At least, that's the tv version. In the novels, Raylan is an interesting character, but not nearly as angry or hell-bent on a path of self-destruction. I prefer the television version better, but the books are still well worth reading and it's interesting to see how Justified has molded Leonard's original concept of Raylan into the perfect anti-hero.In the novel, Raylan is not banished to Harlan, Kentucky, after shooting a local Florida mobster, so we don't get to see him interact with his past or the culture he left behind when he joined the Marshal's service. Instead, Riding the Rap picks up where Pronto left off. Raylan is still seeing Harry Arno's ex-stripper ex-girlfriend, Joyce, but is beginning to realize that their relationship has begun something of habit. They're both sticking around because they have nowhere else to go. The fact that Joyce is now acting as Harry's personal chauffeur isn't helping things. A retired bookie, Harry is making final collections when a former client decides to kidnap him Middle-Eastern-terrorist-style until Harry breaks and offers to pay his own ransom. In the meantime, Joyce demands that Raylan look into Harry's mysterious disappearance and Raylan grudgingly begins piecing things together with his own peculiar investigative methods (which usually depend upon throwing people off guard with his cowboy in a suit persona).There are some twists here that aren't in the series, and I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Reverend Dawn, a young psychic that readers suspect, despite some of her obvious scams, may be possessed of a limited psychic ability. The scenes where she and Raylan talk are full of Leonard's usual witty banter and sharp dialogue. (Suggestion for Justified producers: how 'bout let's kill Winona off and bring in Dawn? Just saying.)In addition, there are some nice surprises for fans of the show when you see how key scenes in the novel have been translated to the television version. My favorite was the opening scene of the novel in which Raylan handcuffs Dale Crowe Junior to the steering wheel and has him drive himself (with Raylan riding shotgun) to jail. This was one of my favorite scenes in the television show. There were some slight modifications, such as he's now Dewey Crowe and a white supremacist from Harlan, but, for the most part, the dialogue was lifted directly from the book, proving how brilliantly Leonard's work translates to film.
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Very good book
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Dark grey fur.
iPodReader More than 1 year ago
It's Elmore Leonard. How bad can it be? Poker-faced humor, astute observations of human nature. I've often thought Raylan Givens could be played well by Clint Eastwood.
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Book is very intriguing.
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OB-at-OTR More than 1 year ago
Fans of Elmore Leonard already know about this book but I recommend it for fans of the TV series 'Justified.' The book gives some insight to the Raylon Givins character and some of the episodes of the show. However, be aware that the Timithoy Oliphant character on TV is not quite the same as how Leonard envisioned the character.
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Readdicted More than 1 year ago
Leonard is one of my favorite storytellers and this one is no exception, but "short story" would be a more accurate description. Over 60 pages of this 251 page e-book version are filled with hype about other Leonard works. The actual story fills pages 5 through 192 and the term "fills" is used loosely. Much of the dialogue is presented in short, double-spaced sentences.
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