Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Riding The Rap, by Elmore Leonard

(hb; 1995: second book in the Raylan Givens series)

From the inside flap:

"Raylan Givens, U.S. marshal, is working on Warrants, bringing in fugitive felons, when Harry Arno disappears again and Raylan feels obligated to find him. This time with misgivings. Raylan believes Harry has dropped out of sight to get attention and win back his former lover, Joyce, who had fallen into Raylan's arms, but now seems concerned only with Harry's welfare.

"The last person to see Harry is a nifty young psychic -- certified medium and spiritualist -- named Dawn Navarro. As soon as Raylan talks to her he senses that Harry has very likely been kidnapped and Dawn is involved. . ."


More colorful characters, slick writing and fast-paced action from Leonard. If you liked Pronto, chances are you'll like Riding The Rap.

Check it out.

Followed by the short story "Fire in the Hole," published in Leonard's anthology When the Women Come Out to Dance.


Riding The Rap is the basis for an episode of the cable show Justified ("Fixer", which aired stateside on March 30, 2010).

Timothy Olyphant played Raylan Givens. Nick Searcy played Art Mullen. Joelle Carter played Ava Crowder. Page Kennedy played Curtis Mims. Jacob Pitts played Tim Gutterson. Erica Tazel played Rachel Brooks.

(Raylan Givens is the only character that appeared in the novel. The other characters are television stand-ins for some of the other novel characters.)

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