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Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Brian D'Arcy James, Brian d’Arcy James Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Raylan Givens Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9780062125668
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With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, 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 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.

Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard—a page-turner filled with sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In addition to kinetic storytelling and spot-on dialogue, Leonard has a cool wit…lively, idiosyncratic characters…It becomes clear that Leonard is having fun with the structure of the crime novel, tossing aside the rules of cohesion in favor of keeping his narrative light on its feet, so it can run in unexpected directions. It’s a joy to watch characters from the earlier assignments come back into play.” 

    New York Times

  • “A real corker…Raylan is Leonard’s best of the twenty-first century—good stuff from first page to last…Rat-a-tat banter dominates.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Wonderful…[Leonard] continues to be unpredictable. His plot twists are real twisty, and he eliminates some prime suspects before the book reaches its midpoint, only to come up with equally plausible, equally nasty new ones.” 

    Washington Times

  • “With a practised ease and the craft of more than half a century of novelistic composition, Leonard works like the Picasso of crime fiction…Raylan is as close as it gets to creating the complete illusion of unmediated entertainment on the page.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Fast-paced, darkly humorous…[Has] the author’s trademark witty dialogue and adeptness at developing quirky, memorable characters…Readers will want to see more.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Leonard’s Stetson-wearing US Marshal Raylan Givens has been demoted to rural Kentucky, but that doesn’t reduce the killing and excitement that always seem to swirl around him. Narrator Brian D’Arcy James expertly voices a broad range of characters…James also enhances Leonard’s famously pithy dialogue with perfect pacing and timing. The TV series Justified is based on the Raylan Givens character.” 

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  • “Features plenty of Raylan, the fast-drawing, iconoclastic lawman who’s never at a loss for words or bullets…Fans will willingly wolf down [Leonard’s] signature dialogue and delightfully warped characters.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Mystery/Suspense

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About the Author

Elmore Leonard (1925–2013) wrote more than fifty books during his highly successful career, including the bestsellers Djibouti, Road Dogs, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Brian d’Arcy James is an American actor and musician whose on and off Broadway credits include Time Stands Still, Sweet Smell of Success, The Good Thief, Titanic, and Shrek. In 2009, his performance as Shrek in Shrek the Musical earned him his second Tony nomination. He is also an accomplished concert performer and has had the honor of performing for President Clinton and for President Obama and the First Family. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and daughter.