Justified Book Review: 'Raylan' Borrows from Season 2... and Season 3

Raylan Givens is back in two ways on January 17. He's back on the small screen in the third season premiere of FX's Justified. But he's also back as the star of the book Raylan, a new novel by famed writer Elmore Leonard, who created the character back in 1993.

Raylan is the victim of its own interesting conundrum. Leonard created Givens initially, but here ends up borrowing heavily from the FX series' second season (either that, or they borrowed from his unpublished manuscript). Characters like Dickie, Coover, and Loretta are re-created for the page. Some, like Loretta, are faithfully transitioned (Loretta introduces herself to Raylan with the exact same line she did in the series), while others, like Dickie, aren't too similar at all (in Raylan, Dickie's an Elvis memorabilia enthusiast). This leaves a strange feeling of deja vu permeating throughout the entire book, though in the end, it's more interesting than exhausting to see how Leonard reimagines the show's characters. Read More...


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