Good news for fans of FX's "Justified," the acclaimed series about Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Not only has FX renews the series for a third season, but Elmore Leonard, whose character and short story Fire in the Hole inspired the show, has finished a new book called "Raylan."
The novel covers three connected stories in about 300 pages. Leonard was inspired to write more about the no-nonsense lawman after visiting the "Justified" set.
He's a big fan and an executive producer of the show, which has strived mightily to stay in line with the style and sensibility of Leonard's famous crime fiction work. "I love it," Leonard says. "I think it's great."
Later this month, Leonard will travel to New York City for the Peabody Awards ceremony, where "Justified" will be honored with one of the most prestigious prizes in electronic media. Expect lots of cross-promotion between the show and the book.
"Raylan" is expected to hit shelves early next year. Elements of the book have popped up in a few episodes of the second season of "Justified." Do you know which ones?