Well, that’s not entirely true. You see, Elmore Leonard, famed author and all around interesting chap, created the character of Raylan Givens in a pair of stories. That character was then brought to the small screen via the excellent FX original series Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. So like, speaking accurately, Elmore Leonard didn’t actually create the show. Just the character. But you know what? Shut up, I’m trying to give you a free book.

With a career that spans 60 years, features forty-four novels, twenty-one feature film adaptations, and three honorary doctorates, Elmore “Dutch” Leonard celebrated his 85th birthday on October 11th. Also cause for celebration, his newest novel, Djibouti, was released on October 12th. If you didn’t immediately run out and buy it, you may be in luck: we’re giving away three copies.

Djibouti follows a young American filmmaker and her confidant camera man as they journey to the horn of Africa and get caught up in the dangerous world of modern day piracy and tangle with Al-Qaeda operatives who lurk on the streets. If you’re not one that’s really good at reading comprehension, here is a video of Leonard discussing his career and the book.

You can follow the prodigious author via twitter @ElmoreLeonard and leave us a comment below, pirate related, for a chance to win one of the three copies of the book.

Reading will help you pass the time from now until 2011 with Raylan Givens returns to FX to dole out more justice.

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