My first exposure to Elmore Leonard was the novel Get Shorty which left me a little cold. Last year I picked up some of his short story collections (notably Comfort To The Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories) and realized I’d been missing out.
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Riding the Rap as much as those other Elmore Leonard stories. Maybe I prefer his period work to his modern novels.
That having been said, while I didn’t love it, I did enjoy it quite a bit. This is a fairly short novel featuring Raylan Givens, the protagonist of TV’s Justified. Leonard’s laconic style and gift for strong characters carries the somewhat uninteresting plot. Leonard’s got a new book out featuring Raylan Givens. It will be interesting to see if the excellent TV show has a positive influence on the novels.