Raylan TV's Justified is based on a couple of Leonard novels — and especially on a Leonard creation, deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens. Here Leonard seems… Raylan TV's Justified is based on a couple of Leonard novels — and especially on a Leonard creation, deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens. Here Leonard seems… 2012-01-17 Fiction William Morrow
Book Review

Raylan (2012)

KENTUCKY CRIME Raylan Givens, Leonard's intuitive deputy U.S. marshal, returns in his new thriller
KENTUCKY CRIME Raylan Givens, Leonard's intuitive deputy U.S. marshal, returns in his new thriller
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 17, 2012; Writer: Elmore Leonard; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: William Morrow

TV's Justified is based on a couple of Leonard novels — and especially on a Leonard creation, deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens. Here Leonard seems to be having a ball using the tweaks that Justified actor Timothy Olyphant has made to Givens' character, resulting in a kind of alternate-universe edition of the show, in which brothers Dickie and Coover Crowe get into the kidney-selling business along with a tough nurse named Layla. Raylan, a punchy mix of crime and Kentucky coal-mine sociology, is a helluva lot more than a TV tie-in, though: It's one of Leonard's best thrillers in years. A–

Originally posted Jan 25, 2012 Published in issue #1192-1193 Feb 03, 2012 Order article reprints