The Law According to Raylan Givens

July 13, 2012 | Erin

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Riding the Rap (1995) By Elmore Leonard Pronto (1993) By Elmore LeonardIf you enjoy gritty mysteries with an old-school crime fighter, who follows his own set of morals, you may enjoy Elmore Leonard's books, on which the TV series Justified is based. 

Raylan Givens is a Deputy U.S. Marshal, who wears a Stetson hat, enjoys ice cream and tends to shoot criminals. He tries to resolve things peacefully, but in Harlan County, Kentucky, the bad guys do not give up easily and Raylan is not the type to forgive and forget.When the Women Come Out to Dance (2002) By Elmore Leonard

Raylan (2012) By Elmore LeonardIn the novels, Pronto and Riding the Rap, Raylan is working in Miami Beach, Florida. However, after shooting a few too many bad guys, Raylan is sent back to his home town of Harlan County. In the short story "Fire in the Hole," which can be found in the collection, When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories, Raylan meets many old home town friends; unfortunately, the majority have become career criminals.

The most recent novel, Raylan, finds two pot dealing brothers branching out into black market organ trafficking. Of course Raylan will not stand for this, but what will the Marshal do when he wakes up in a bathtub with his own kidney on the chopping block?

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