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Before United States Marshal Raylan Givens began electrifying television viewers across America in the hit series Justified, he “starred” in Elmore Leonard’s Riding the Rap—an explosive, twisty tale of a brazen Florida kidnap caper gone outrageously wrong. Chock-full of wildly eccentric and deliciously criminal characters, Riding the Rap dazzles with Leonard’s trademark ingenious plot turns and razor-keen dialogue.

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 that ace manhunter 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Riding the Rap is the work of an old master—it’s taut, fierce and mesmerizing.”

    Stephen Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Zero

  • “As well as a master storyteller, Leonard is one of our funniest writers, and for decades has richly dramatized elements of our culture. Riding the Rap is wonderful.”

    Andre Dubus, author of Dancing After Hours

  • “Tart, hip, and funny…As well as inimitable nutball characters and that unmistakable dialogue, Riding the Rap is shot through with sly, mordant street wisdom.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “As always, Leonard’s cinematic grasp of scene and setting, his ability to arouse within us a helpless sympathy for even the lowest of his characters, his quirky pacing and plot twists, and his sly humor and artfully oddball prose sear our eyeballs and keep the pages turning.”

    Miami Herald

  • “The contemporary master of American crime fiction…Suffice it to say that while Riding the Rap demonstrates again that Elmore Leonard is no slouch when it comes to pulling together a dandy plot, it is for his dead-on characterizations and pitch-perfect dialogue that we read his books.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Elmore Leonard has the best ear for dialogue in the crime-writing biz. Under Leonard’s control Riding the Rap glides to a conclusion both violent and funny.” 


  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sufferingbruin | 4/10/2011

    " There is nothing I can add that would improve upon Martin Amis' review. I'll just echo his sentiment that Elmore Leonard, at his best, is a literary genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/4/2011

    " Another good Raylan Givens adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 12/2/2010

    " I love Raylen Givins and his cowboy hat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by dave | 7/8/2010

    " Reading Elmore Leonard is like eating popcorn. Its quick, delicious, and full of buttery morsels. Fun straightforward stories that start quickly and end abruptly. "

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