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At End of Day

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In his final novel George V. Higgins provides us with yet another searing and enthralling dissection of the Boston underworld.

Arthur McKeach and Nick Cistaro are notorious, especially to the Boston police department. Their reputations precede them as orchestrators of extortion, theft, fraud, bribery, assault and even murder. But for thirty two years, both have managed t
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ebook, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2012 by Vintage (first published May 1st 2000)
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Carol
Enter the world of George V. Higgins at your peril. He creates wonderful and maddening plotlines in large part based on what appear to be long, meandering statements by characters that both provide insights into the character and advance the story----all in a strange, almost mesmerizing kind of way. At first, one may wonder---why am I reading the reminiscences of this gangster who's going on and on about his life, packed with apparently random digressions.
Higgins cares about his characters, eve
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Jeff Delisle
I believe this is based loosely on the Whitey Bulger story- FBI in with criminals. Somewhat disturbing to consider that the author had to know how these successful criminals thought. Quite an imagination- but all plausible.
Huw Thornton
SPOILERS BELOW:

This is one of those books I was very impressed with in terms of ambition and craft, but ultimately unsatisfied with. I'll admit I went to the library with the intention of picking up "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (his famous one) but got stuck with this. His style is very odd. I'd read he was 'dialogue-heavy' but that doesn't even begin to describe. 80% of the novel is quotes-within-quotes, alternating between characters who speak, at the turn of a dime, in both the past and prese
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Thomas Todd
First book of Higgins that I have ever read and it was his last novel. It took me a few chapters to get into this authors style and to understand where the story was going. However I couldn't put the book down at the end as it kept the reader very captivated. FBI, Boston mafia working together to work against each other. I've heard great reviews of Higgins first novel Friends of Eddie Coyle, since I have read his last novel I must now read his first. This was a good book.

False Millennium
This book was the last that Higgins had fully completed before his death in 1999, and it has an odd end, in that you could tell multiple characters were meant to have a life that went on beyond this book: their stories were left in limbo, whereas in many (or most) of the books, there is resolution at the very end. So in that respect, an indefinite end in the plot.

The older Higgins became, it seems the greater understand he gained in the relationships between men and women, husbands and wives, pa
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Leslie
Wonderful novel--a thinly disguised Whitey Bulger story, including the cooperation of the FBI with criminal enterprises as we now know happened in Boston. This alliance was formed mainly to try to eradicate the Cosa Nostra (Mafia) crime machine. Great depiction of characters, neither complete heroes nor villains. I highly recommend to Bostonians and others who simply like a well-written novel.
Bruce DeSilva
The book falls far short of the promise of Higgins' early work, particularly his masterpeice, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle."
Check out my New York Times book review section review at this URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/08/20...
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As much as I've tried, I just can't get into this.
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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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