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November Interview Schedule: 11/7 Lane Stone, 11/14 Maggie Toussaint, 11/21, Joana Garcia (Rescheduled for 1/23/19)


Saturday Guest Bloggers: 11/3 Barbara Ross
WWK Satuday Bloggers: 11/10 Margaret S. Hamilton, 11/17 Kait Carson

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, 11/22, WWK presents original holiday offerings until New Year's Day. 11/22 Warren Bull, 11/29 Annette Dashofy, 12/6 KM Rockwood, 12/13 E. B. Davis, 12/20 Paula Gail Benson, & 12/27 Linda Rodriguez. We will resume our regular blogging schedule on 1/2/19. Please join us!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:


Grace Topping signed a three-book contract with Henery Press for her Laura Bishop Home Staging series. Congratulations, Grace!

KM Rockwood's new short story, "Map to Oblivion," has been included the anthology Shhhh...Murder! edited by Andrew MacRae and published by Darkhouse Books. It was released on Sept. 12.

Warren Bull also has a story in Shhh...Murder! Look for "Elsinore Noir," Warren's short story, in this anthology.

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Shari Randall's third Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered, will be available February 26, 2019.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Raylan, A Novel by Elmore Leonard: A Review by Warren Bull

Raylan, A Novel by Elmore Leonard: A Review by Warren Bull


Image from Richard Price on Unsplash


Elmore Leonard demonstrates once again the skill and power he commands when he writes about his character, Raylan Givens, who escaped the West Virginia coal mines to become an assistant United States Marshal. Givens is quick on the draw but cool in assessing crime situations. For those of us who love the television series, the memorable characters on the page feel as real as what we saw on the program.
 The Crowe boys are back, as unwashed and constantly buzzed and Elvis-obsessed as ever. Their country attitude does not diminish their capacity for violence.  Art Mullin, the United States Marshal who expects that Raylan will turn up dead someday and Rachel Brooks, Raylan’s colleague whose advice Raylan values and occasionally even takes, make appearances. Ava Crowley, who shot and killed Boyd Crowley’s brother and now lives with Boyd waltzes in and out. Boyd, himself, is also present. He is a competitor, killer, preacher and sometimes friend of Raylan who offers us a picture of who Raylan might have become if he had not been good at school. 
In this installment, Dickie and Coover Crowe stumble across a kidney transplant nurse who has decided to start a business of removing both kidneys and selling them back to their original owner, who cannot live with a kidney. She also sells to the black market if the owner lacks the cash. Raylan sniffs out the operation but ends up naked in a bathtub about to become an unwilling donor before he realizes the danger he is in.  
I am a big fan of Elmore Leonard and this was another example of his unparalleled work. I give it my highest recommendation.  

2 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

I enjoy Elmore Leonard's work, and the Raylan series are among my favorites.

Gloria Alden said...

I haven't read his books, but now I want to.