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Outlaws

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Gripping and entertaining, George V. Higgins delivers a compelling and uncomfortably realistic account of the way society and the law really function.

It’s been a decade since the turbulent 60s and policeman John Richards still has to deal with a handful of leftover student radicals who continue to terrorize the Boston streets. In an effort to convict them once and for a
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ebook, 364 pages
Published October 3rd 2012 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1987)
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Gary Baughn
Another great George V. Higgins book, filled with people who talk very well, and talk like one another.
While he started out writing about criminal low-lifes, he eventually wrote about lawyers, and this book is a valiant attempt to look at how some criminals and lawyers interact over a very long period of time.
The crime is a series of bank robberies, but the criminals are 60s activists, financing their political activities.
In the cases of both the 60s activists/bank robbers/eventual murderers and
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Aaron Martz
This book is told in three parts. The first park is okay. The second part is some of the best courtroom writing I've ever read. And the third part is so boring, it negates all that comes before it. The book is 95% dialogue, as with all of Higgins's books, and when set in a courtroom, it is dynamic. But outside of that, it becomes tedious. Add to that the book concerns 1960s radicals who decide to become bank robbers, and yet the third part, which takes place after their case has been decided, de ...more
Simon
(Contains spoilers)..... 1.5 stars.....I found Outlaws infuriating, especially since Higgins has done much, much better. The first half is the tale of the apprehension and trial of a crime ring that, in the name of "revolution", has escalated from robbing armored cars to a violent mass murder. With his usual love of dialogue and unusual structure Higgins cuts around most of the expected action beats; the story is told in a series of conversations between cops, prosecutors, and politicians involv ...more
False Millennium
I have been reading all of George V. Higgins, coming to him rather late in the game, sadly. So far, so good. This book had me plodding through the first two-thirds, and I think one reason was the large cast of players, legally and criminally. It was hard to keep them all straight. The last portion of the book was excellent. Lots of twists and turns I wasn't expecting. A unique twist to who the "outlaws" might really be in this tale. There also wasn't a happy resolution to a twosome you had quest ...more
Kit
Great novel, brilliantly structured, wears its profundity lightly. Full of surprises. Shamefully out of print.
Andrea
great novel but the ending is not completely satisfying...
Jake
Flat out brilliant.
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George Vincent Higgins was a United States author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and college professor. He is best known for his bestselling crime novels.
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