Elmore Leonard's "Raylan: A (non-) Novel"
Rather, it’s a collection of loosely linked stories, and a good one. At least through the first two stories, it's as good as Pronto, the first Raylan Givens novel, and better than Riding the Rap. Characters in the second story will occasionally mention events in the first, but that’s as strong as the connection gets. I felt a bit cheated when I reached the first story’s satisfying end, only to find a new story beginning.
I wonder whether Leonard and his publishers really do regard the book as a loosely organized novel, or whether going out of their way to insist in the title that the book is a novel is strictly market-driven, a recognition that novels are an easier sell than short-story collections.
Any thoughts from Leonard fans and others?
© Peter Rozovsky 2012