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Unlike say a weak-assed rectangle, a triangle resists lateral pressure and therefore, collapse. The three wise men? Here, he has a stoner scammer, a sort of Jamaican con man wannabe, and a hot-headed bounty hunter who loves his pruning shears. Basically the stoner has a X-mas tree light the one that shorts out the rest of the string of lights idea, and bands together with the other two to abduct the bookie he owes money and hold him hostage until he pays up.

That U. Marshall happens to be Rayland Givens, a no-nonsense dude, who likes his cowboy hat. And Givens, in order to keep the tenuous household peace with ex-stripper girlfriend agrees to look for the guy. There's enough character insight and development without the book becoming turgid.

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View all 15 comments. This second Raylan Givens novel is not quite as good as the first, but crime novel fans and Justified fans will find enough excitement--and enough Raylan--to satisfy them both. Harry Arno and Joyce are back again, only this time Harry's not on the lam, but instead is kidnapped by a thug, a semi-thug and a hustler. This time the bad guys have an interesting and attractive accomplice: a psychic, the Reverend Dawn Navarro.

It is difficult to tell whether Dawn is a lucky guesser, a real psychic, just a plain old fashioned liar, or maybe a little bit of all three. This too is an engaging question for the reader continually to ponder. While reading this book, I found myself admiring another instance of just what a pro Leonard can be.

At the end of chapter eighteen, the thug and the semi-thug drive off to perpetrate another crime, leaving the hustler in his home guarding the kidnapped Harry. Raylan hesitates: should he follow the thugs in the car or instead should he stay and check out what he believes to be an unguarded house?

Chapter nineteen shifts to the inside of the house, and for the bulk of it the reader remains in suspense, not only about what Raylan might do when he too gets there, but also about whether he is going there at all, and still at the same he continues to wonder what bad things the thugs may be doing right now and whether Raylan might really be following them instead. It is plot construction like this that furrows the reader's brow and makes his heart beat a little faster, and it is very fine plot construction indeed, the kind that is worthy of a pro.

In each case, although the TV version is enjoyable, the novel make better use of the material. View all 4 comments. Dec 10, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: pulp-fiction , novels , fiction , americanth-c. The second appearance thanks Armin! View all 3 comments. Marshall Raylan Givens. That hat. Them boots. He's a man with a code. His mama raised him to have good manners. You don't go into a person's house uninvited.

Or unless you have a warrant. If you have a warrant, then you are justified in busting the door down. As a favor to a friend, Raylan is checking into the whereabouts of Harry Arno, who has been missing for several days. He has been kidnapped by a crew who seem to think he has a great deal of money. An ex-con with the unlikely name of L U. An ex-con with the unlikely name of Louis Lewis, Jimmy Deo who wears his pruning shears like a gun, and Chip Ganz, a broke gambler who owes money and has perfect teeth.

Dawn Navarro, a pretty, young psychic with her fingernails bitten down to the nub, may or may not figure into the motley mix. Good story. Sure was nice to spend some time with Raylan Givens, even if I could only see him in my mind's eye. View all 9 comments. Apr 21, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: blog , kick-ass.

For those unfamiliar with the television show Justified , this novel along with Pronto serves as the inspiration for the story of Raylan Givens, a U. Marshal from Harlan, Kentucky, who has a gun on his hip, a Stetson on his head, and a chip on his shoulder. Torn between coal country's familial "code of honor" and his own desire to be an Old West cowboy meting out justice based on a dogmatic understanding of right and wrong, Raylan often finds himself in the questionable middle ground of mora For those unfamiliar with the television show Justified , this novel along with Pronto serves as the inspiration for the story of Raylan Givens, a U.

Torn between coal country's familial "code of honor" and his own desire to be an Old West cowboy meting out justice based on a dogmatic understanding of right and wrong, Raylan often finds himself in the questionable middle ground of moral decisions. At least, that's the tv version.

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In the novels, Raylan is an interesting character, but not nearly as angry or hell-bent on a path of self-destruction. I prefer the television version, but the books are still well worth reading and it's interesting to see how Justified has molded Leonard's original concept of Raylan into the perfect anti-hero. In the novel, Raylan is not banished to Harlan, Kentucky, after shooting a local Florida mobster, so we don't get to see him interact with his past or the culture he left behind when he joined the Marshal's service.

Instead, Riding the Rap picks up where Pronto left off. Raylan is still seeing Harry Arno's ex-stripper ex-girlfriend, Joyce, but is beginning to realize that their relationship has become something of habit. They're both sticking around because they have nowhere else to go. The fact that Joyce is now acting as Harry's personal chauffeur isn't helping things.

A retired bookie, Harry is making final collections when a former client decides to kidnap him Middle-Eastern-terrorist-style until Harry breaks and offers to pay his own ransom.

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In the meantime, Joyce demands that Raylan look into Harry's mysterious disappearance and Raylan grudgingly begins piecing things together with his own peculiar investigative methods which usually depend upon throwing people off guard with his cowboy in a suit persona. There are some twists here that aren't in the series, and I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Reverend Dawn, a young psychic that readers suspect, despite some of her obvious scams, may be possessed of a limited psychic ability.

The scenes where she and Raylan talk are full of Leonard's usual witty banter and sharp dialogue. Suggestion for Justified producers: how 'bout let's kill Winona off and bring in Dawn? Just saying. In addition, there are some nice surprises for fans of the show when you see how key scenes in the novel have been translated to the television version. My favorite was the opening scene of the novel in which Raylan handcuffs Dale Crowe Junior to the steering wheel and has him drive himself with Raylan riding shotgun to jail.

This was one of my favorite scenes in the television show. There were some slight modifications, such as he's now Dewey Crowe and a white supremacist from Harlan, but, for the most part, the dialogue was lifted directly from the book, proving how brilliantly Leonard's work translates to film. Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder View all 18 comments. Sep 12, Bodosika Bodosika rated it liked it. Am new to Elmore Leonard but immediately I started reading it I got attracted to his works and what drew me to works are the characters, the narrative or presentation,and the dialogue.

He made me fell in love with his characters and got emotionally attracted to them. Before I started this book I had been reading three other books all at once and am already half way through with them but I paused all of them and completed the reading of this book. This book reminds me of James Hardley Chase's 'The Am new to Elmore Leonard but immediately I started reading it I got attracted to his works and what drew me to works are the characters, the narrative or presentation,and the dialogue. This book reminds me of James Hardley Chase's 'The world in my pocket'and the other one 'Do you want to stay alive' but Elmore Leonard featured Raylan Givens in two books and one short story, and the TV show based on Raylan, Justified , has already used the entire short story for the pilot, several key scenes from Pronto , and the basic plot from Riding the Rap.

And that was just through the first four or five episodes. This time out retired bookie Harry Arno from Pronto is still causing Raylan grief becaus Elmore Leonard featured Raylan Givens in two books and one short story, and the TV show based on Raylan, Justified , has already used the entire short story for the pilot, several key scenes from Pronto , and the basic plot from Riding the Rap. This time out retired bookie Harry Arno from Pronto is still causing Raylan grief because his girlfriend, who used to date Harry, still seems to be at his beck and call.

When two typical Leonard-style sly-but-stupid criminals decide to kidnap Harry and let him figure out a way to pay for his own ransom, Raylan gets reluctantly drawn into the action. While the kidnappers quickly learn what a pain-in-the-ass Harry is, Raylan is intrigued by Dawn Navvaro, a self-proclaimed psychic who is mixed up in the plot. Dawn would reappear in Road Dogs.

Anyone who likes the show will get a kick out of the original Raylan stories, but Pronto should definitely be read before this one. View 2 comments. The book opens with Marshall Givens picking up an escaped convict and bringing him back to jail when some nincompoops try to carjack him and so the car gets filled with one escaped convict and two arrested carjackers. This is the story style with a cool and bright policeman which he keeps the whole novel. You never get the idea that the story goes fast anywhere and yet the dia This is the 2th outing of US Marshall Raylan Givens, well known perhaps to some folks due to the TV series of Justified.

You never get the idea that the story goes fast anywhere and yet the dialogues and story do have their own speed which you get to appreciate as you keep reading. In this story Givens gets asked to find out where a retired bookie has gone. Some innovative thugs have the idea of kidnapping or keeping a rich man hostage so he can fork over his money to them. Raylan very fast gets on their trail and the laidback method of finding out with some great dialogue makes this book a real pleasure to read. Elmore Leonard does have an easygoing style of narrating his books which is a pleasure to read.

This was an easy and entertaining ride with a cool Marshall whose face is definitely Timothy Olyphants face. A great read. This is the second Elmore Leonard novel to feature Raylan Givens in it. The most interesting part of this whole novel is the dialogue and interaction between the Raylan Givens and the Reverend Dawn Navarro.

Navarro is a psychic who appears to fl "Huggers and fortune-tellers; you're into some weird shit aren't you? Navarro is a psychic who appears to float pretty close to the astral plane. She most certainly is very observant, which means she is a good foil and a good counter-point to Raylan Givens who also seems to be able to read people in an almost uncanny way.

Like a lot of Leonard books, some of the side characters are the most fascinating and worthwhile parts of the book. Anyway, if you want to see nice crooks with well constructed plans If you want plans that fall apart because human nature is often filled with opportunistic, self-defeating, less than rational low lifes, who find working in groups difficult, well, hell, this is the book for you. Elmore Leonard is kinda working ground he's worked before kidnappings gone wrong and in someways this feels a bit like a retread of The Switch.

Listen folks, kidnapping isn't something that should be attempted by amateurs and definitely should not be done by amateurs smoking pot. I read this book in one sitting late last night and it was no fast read that was only fast paced and no depth. It took me hours to read because i wanted to enjoy everyone nuance, character, dialogue. It had better mix of fun,quirky story and hardboiled,darker story. The first book was too much quirky and too little hardboiled for my taste with a hero like R I read this book in one sitting late last night and it was no fast read that was only fast paced and no depth.

The first book was too much quirky and too little hardboiled for my taste with a hero like Raylan. This book have also better characters specially when it comes to the criminal,low live characters. They had more depth, interesting personalities. Raylan is only one of POV characters and doesn't appear in every page but he carried the book really well. Cant wait for his solo book! Elmore Leonard have been a writer i liked for his mastery of dialogue, characters but i only read 10 books of his in 4 years meaning he was a so so favorite compared to other similar writers i have read like 20 books in the same time period.

There was something lacking in his early 70s,80s crime books that i have read. His more recent s,s books that i have read since have changed that.

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I convinced the local library to buy in this reprinting of the book and do other readers a favor. The other books of his in the library are old hardcovers, cheap mass market. Not good enough for a literary great like this author. Dec 31, Jake rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-thriller. Elmore Leonard writes in a style that is very dialogue heavy. Sometimes, this can weigh down his books Touch and Unknown Man 89 for example.

But in a hostage situation where everyone is trying to figure out the cards they're dealt, Leonard looks good here. A return of the excellent Raylan Givens character is nice but it's the Reverend Dawn who really steals the show. Leonard really creates some quality female character and she's one of them. A solid overall effort from the crime-writing maste Elmore Leonard writes in a style that is very dialogue heavy.

A solid overall effort from the crime-writing master. Sep 25, CV Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: mainstream. I think the appeal here is that we crave heroes and we want our heroes to be flawed. We want to see our heroes do the things we know we can't do and at the same time we want to feel superior to them. Elmore Leonard hits the nail on the head with this sentiment.

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    Along her journey she meets Haakun the Hunter. Haakun greets her warmly and tells her to go in peace.

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    Iduna next comes upon "a frail stranger". The stranger offers Iduna protection along her journey, but she declines the offer. The stranger takes a strong interest in I. Cool as Ice is a American romantic musical comedy film directed by David Kellogg and starring rapper Vanilla Ice in his feature film debut. The film focuses on the character of Johnny Van Owen, a freewheeling, motorcycle-riding rapper who arrives in a small town and meets Kathy, an honor student who catches his eye.

    Meanwhile, Kathy's father, who is in witness protection, is found by the corrupt police officers he escaped from years ago. The film was developed as a vehicle for Vanilla Ice. Plot Johnny Van Owen is a rapper who drifts from city to city. Johnny is performing at a nightclub, rapping and dancing with his crew and a club background songstress playing "Cool as Ice Everybody Get Loose ".

    While the group passes through a small town, Johnny falls for honor student Kathy Winslow. The crew is stranded in the town after a member's motorcycle breaks down and has to be left at a local r. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best. Vincent Majestyk saw too much death in the jungles of Southeast Asia. All he wants to do now is farm his melons and forget.

    But peace can be an elusive commodity, even in the Arizona hinterlands - and especially when the local mob is calling all the shots. And one quiet, proud man's refusal to be strong-armed by a powerful hood is about to start a violent chain reaction that will leave Mr. Majestyk ruined, in shackles, and without a friend in the world -- except for one tough and beautiful woman.

    Jack Ryan always wanted to play pro ball. But he couldn't hit a curveball, so he turned his attention to less legal pursuits. A tough guy who likes walking the razor's edge, he's just met his match, and more, in Nancy. She's a rich man's plaything, seriously into thrills and risk, and together she and Jack are pure heat ready to explode. But when simple housebreaking and burglary give way to the deadly pursuit of a really big score, the stakes suddenly skyrocket. A character so outrageous he could only have come from the ingenious imagination of Elmore Leonard, lewd, lecherous, law-bending Florida jurist Judge Robert "Maximum Bob" Gibbs has been judged guilty by a grudge-bearing malefactor and sentenced to death - by alligator, if necessary.

    Ironworker Wayne Colson and his spirited wife Carmen are witnesses to a shakedown scam - witnesses who must be eliminated. Enter Armand Degas, aka Blackbird, the brains of the operation, and his partner Richie Nix, an ex-con whose highest goal is to rob a bank in every state. A lively chase ensues when the Colsons enter the Federal Witness Security Program with two bumbling but determined killers on their trail. Set in Arizona mining country, Hombre is the tale of a white man raised by Indians, who must come to the aid of people who hate him when their stagecoach is attacked by outlaws.

    As thrilling as his contemporary novels of crime, double-cross, and murder in Detroit and Miami, Hombre is Elmore Leonard at his riveting best - no less than one would expect from the creator of US Marshal Raylan Givens Justified. From Elmore Leonard, the author who has influenced more writers than any other, comes a collection of the stories that launched his phenomenal career Clement Mansell knows how easy it is to get away with murder. The seriously crazed killer is already back on the Detroit streets - thanks to some nifty courtroom moves by his crafty looker of a lawyer - and he's feeling invincible enough to execute a crooked Motown judge on a whim.

    Homicide Detective Raymond Cruz thinks the "Oklahoma Wildman" crossed the line long before this latest outrage, and he's determined to see that the hayseed psycho does not slip through the legal system's loopholes a second time. Working at his brother-in-law's New Orleans funeral home isn't reformed jewel thief Jack Delaney's idea of excitement - until he's dispatched to a leper's hospital to pick up a corpse that turns out to be very much alive The "deceased" is the one-time squeeze of a Nicaraguan colonel who's ordered her dead for trying to "infect" him, and Sister Lucy's looking to spirit the young woman away from his guns and goons.

    Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson When he kicked off, Florida mob boss Frank DiCilia left his gorgeous widow, Karen, everything, but with strings attached.

    She loses the millions, the cars, the palatial Gold Coast mansion if she ever gets involved with another man. And there's a crazy cowboy-wannabe thug named Roland who's acting as Frank's eyes beyond the grave, making sure Karen doesn't dally. But now Cal Maguire's come into the picture. A sexy, street-smart Detroit ex-con, Cal's got a line and a scam for every occasion. War in Cuba isn't Ben Tyler's concern. Still, sailing mares and guns into Havana harbor in - right past the submerged wreckage of the U.

    Neither is shooting one of the local Guardia, though the pompous peacock deserved it. Now Tyler's sitting tight in a vermin-infested Cuban stockade waiting to face a firing squad The trouble is, they choose bookmaker Harry Arno as their victim, and Harry can scam with the best. The BIG trouble is ace manhunter U. Marshal 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.

    I loved every character in this novel, or at least I loved getting to know each character. US Marshall Raylan is a great hero, a cool, smart lawman. The story revolves around three kidnappers, each from different backgrounds and different motivations. Few writers develope charachters as fun to watch as Elmore Leonard. This one is not only worth a credit, its worth a second listen. This is Leonard's second Raylan Givens novel, that the show 'Justified' is based on.

    Once again, Raylan seems to spend most of his time going off on his own, rather than sticking purely with his US Marshall services job. Harry, from 'Pronto' , the first Raylan Givens' book, is a retired bookie who returns In this book. After running from the mob in book one, he is kidnapped by a trio of truly strange characters in this book. Raylan gets involved with a beautiful young psychic; an old woman whose memory has gone, and her druggie son who is selling everything out of her mansion; a brash you man who dreams of killing situations that make him look macho; and a truly crazy enforcer.

    Raylan continues to be his own man. This quality makes him, and his stories, uniquely interesting. Sometimes I wish Elmore Leonard wasn't so stereotypically racist with every group one could possible think about in his books. The saving grace with this, I believe, is to show the stupidity of these attitudes.