It’s no secret ’round these parts that I love the show Justified, which is based on a character, namely one US Marshall Raylan Givens, who appears in several of Elmore Leonard’s short stories/novels. Apparently, Lenoard became re-enamoured with his creation after seeing what Timothy Olyphant did with him, and decided to resuscitate the the shoot-first-ask-later Federal Agent on paper. The result is the aptly named, just released Raylan.
In the video below, the author talks to the execustive producer of the FX show about the character and the 272 pages Leonard devoted to him.
“With 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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