An interesting hybrid of the literary version of Raylan Givens and the television version from FX’s Justified.
Elmore Leonard borrows elements from the second season of the hit series and weaves them here. Raylan is the first time that Givens has taken center stage in a Leonard novel and hopefully won’t be the last.
The novel has three distinct sections though each of them do have a bit of connective tissue beyond Raylan’s involvement. In the first third, Raylan investigates a human organ trafficking ring, in the second Raylan is assigned to protect a female executive with the mining company and in the third, Raylan looks into a college poker player who may have taken to robbing banks in order to pay-off a huge loss.
As a companion to Justified, this one takes place in an odd parallel universe that is similar in many ways but uniquely different in others. Leonard expertly weaves all the stories together and quickly shifts from witty dialogue and clever writing to suspenseful sections that will have you on the edge of your seat ready to turn the next page. If you’re a fan of either version US Marshall Raylan Givens, this is a must read. If you haven’t met him yet, this is a good entry point. And then you have to go out and rent the first two seasons of Justified on DVD. Trust me, it’s worth every second.