Raylan is Elmore Leonard’s last novel. It’s in effect an alternate version of the second season of Justified, that is, the season starring Character Actress Margo Martindale as materfamilias Mags Bennett, and the seasons that’s generally considered the best. The book also contains the seeds of Thick as Mud, also known as Dewey Crowe In: Kidney Trouble!, perhaps the single funniest episode in the show’s run. Needless to say, it’s a great read.

As you can see, the book’s cover is attractive and well-designed, but there’s one very odd thing about it. Your job is to tell the rest of us what that is.

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  1. Hmmm…that it doesn’t say anything about the hit TV series to which it is related? I don’t even know if it was a hit, but I did enjoy that second season.


  2. Something about his hands, the way he’s holding the gun, does seem weird. When I fire a pistol, my knuckles are clenched pretty tight around the grip. That looks pretty loose to me. ‘Course, I’m a terrible shot at anything more than ten feet away, so maybe I’m doing something wrong, not the model on the book cover.


  3. That piece of coat? belt? wait, is it a flipped over tie maybe?? coming out from Raylan to background “A Novel” is annoyingly awkward, but I’m not sure if that’s what you meant or not.

    PS Dewey Crowe In: Kidney Trouble! was hilarious and I will now think of it by that title every time it crosses my mind.


  4. Never seen the TV series (I’m working on my “Does Not Watch TV” merit badge), but I wouldn’t say Leonard is a “suspense writer.” I wouldn’t be foolish enough to argue against an assertion that Leonard is pound for pound the best writer in America, period. I don’t think that’s what you’re getting at, though.


  5. Outside of a well designed cover, which that book has in spades, Elmore was truly a great american writer, with Raylan a great character, as I am sure would agree. James Elroy described his novels as “black comedies of manners” which I have always found to be true, and most perfectly showcased in his City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.

    As for the TV show, the finale of season 3 is the standout to me, with the, ah, disarming of Robert Quarels.


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