Elmore Leonard, Raylan Givens, and Justified on Existential Ennui

Just over a year ago on Existentiul Ennui I posted a series of reviews of Elmore Leonard‘s crime fiction stories featuring US Marshal Raylan Givens—the novels Pronto (1993) and Riding the Rap (1995) and the short story “Fire in the Hole” (2002), plus an introductory piece—comparing them to the TV show they inspired, Justified —my belabored point back then being that Justified is the most faithful adaptation—in spirit, tone, characterization, and even dialogue—of Leonard’s work yet seen. The show is up to its third season in the States now, and inspired by the creative success of Justified, Leonard has written a further book featuring Givens: Raylan, which I’ve just reviewed on EE, again comparing it to Justified. So if you have a liking for Elmore Leonard—and let’s face it, who in their right mind doesn’t—why not pop over and read that post (and its predecessors) and let me know what you think.

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