Friday, August 13, 2010

Complete U.S. Marshal RAYLAN GIVENS (Justified) by Elmore Leonard

Literary appearances of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the main character of the FX television series Justified. The network describes Givens as "a true-blue hero and something of a throwback, given to wearing a Stetson and cowboy boots, carrying his sidearm in a hip holster—a weapon he only draws when he has to, and when he does, he shoots to kill, because, as he sees it, that's the purpose of a gun." The character first appeared in the works of legendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard:

PRONTO (1993)
The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto—which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky—the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody—but not careful. So Raylan's determined to find the fugitive's Italian hideaway before a cold-blooded Sicilian "Zip" does and whacks Arno for fun. After all, it's a "pride thing"...and it might even put Raylan in good stead with Harry's sexy ex-stripper girlfriend Joyce.

RIDING THE RAP (1995)
Now that his mom's gravy train has derailed, gambling, debt-ridden Palm Beach playboy Warren "Chip" Ganz has decided to take somebody rich hostage—with the help of a Bahamian ex-con, a psycho gardener/enforcer, and the beautiful, if underfed, psychic Reverend Dawn. The trouble is they choose bookmaker Harry Arno as their victim, and Harry can scam with the best. The BIG trouble is ace manhunter U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is sleeping with Harry's ex-exotic dancer ex-girlfriend, and Joyce wants Harry found. And since nearly everyone has guns, locating and springing the captive bookie most probably can't happen without some measure of lethal difficulty.

"Fire in the Hole" (2001)
Givens meets up with an old friend, but now they're on different sides of the law: Boyd Crowder, a Bible-quoting neo-Nazi, heads a group of white supremacists plotting domestic terrorism. Givens is the U.S. marshal sent to shut him down.

Short story collected in 2002 anthology When The Women Come Out to Dance, repackaged (and retitled) to capitalize on the appearance of Givens in the collection.


RAYLAN (2012)
With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross $300,000, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you—especially when it’s sold off piece by piece.

So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But Raylan isn’t your average marshal; he’s the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla, the cool transplant nurse, about to go for his kidneys.

The bad guys are mostly gals this time around: Layla, the nurse who collects kidneys and sells them for ten grand a piece; Carol Conlan, a hard-charging coal-mine executive not above ordering a cohort to shoot point-blank a man who’s standing in her way; and Jackie Nevada, a beautiful sometime college student who can outplay anyone at the poker table and who suddenly finds herself being tracked by a handsome U.S. marshal...

Related links:
Justified on FX
Raylan Givens Official Fan Site
Raylan Givens page on FACEBOOK
Follow Raylan Givens on TWITTER
Elmore Leonard: TV show 'Justified' gets it right
Complete U.S. MARSHAL KAREN SISCO (Out of Sight) by Elmore Leonard
Complete CHILI PALMER by Elmore Leonard
Interview: ELMORE LEONARD
Elmore Leonard gets Lifetime Achievement Award

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