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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Raylan Givens Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780061993855
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“Wicked and irresistible….Elmore Leonard is a literary genius.”
New York Times Book Review

Before U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens began electrifying TV 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—including a psycho enforcer with a green thumb, a Bahamian bad man, and the beautiful, unabashedly greedy psychic Reverend Dawn—Riding the Rap dazzles with Leonard’s trademark ingenious plot turns and razor-keen dialogue. Gripping, surprising, and unforgettable, it is a crime fiction gem that any thriller writer—from past masters John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain to the bestselling mystery auteurs of today—would be thrilled to call his own.

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/5/2010

    " I read Pronto in less than a day.
    We'll see how long this one takes me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 5/3/2010

    " This is a short, by Elmore Leonard standard, book. It is fast paced and is a pretty good story. Enjoyed it. Has a lot going in the book to be so short but it is very readable.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 4/30/2010

    " Maybe not as good as some of his other works, but certainly entertaining and worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/3/2010

    " a little disappointed the the whole plot was given away in episode 2 of Justified, but liking it all the same... UPDATE: i wish i'd liked it more, people get so frothed up about Leonard and i'm obsessed with Raylan on Justified... but it was just ok. going to read Pronto and maybe Get Shorty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 3/12/2010

    " This is the second book featuring the character of Raylan Givens, who is the basis for the main character on the new FX series Justified. Elmore Leonard is a great writer, but I was expecting more from this story. "

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About the Author
Author Elmore Leonard

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

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.