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Swan Boats at Four

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In the first-class dining salon of a deluxe ocean liner, a charming bounder latches upon a middle-aged couple with problems--mostly the husband's. Mile by nautical mile, their stories are told in vintage Higgins dialogue.
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Henry Holt & Company (first published January 1995)
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Paula Dembeck
Sep 12, 2015 Paula Dembeck rated it did not like it
David Carroll is around sixty, a troubled Bostonian whose knows the feds are waiting in the wings, about to pounce on his troubled bank. Frances his wife, suggests a cruise on a refurbished luxury ocean liner to break up the tension.

From the time they embark, David and Frances are forced to share their table with Burton Rutledge, an elegant retired New Yorker who talks endlessly of his late wife. For five days they must listen to this man’s stories. He is there to convince them that he has lots
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A slender volume. I put up a picture of the author from the dust jacket. He continues to maneuver through the class system (and Boston-Massachusetts culture) with ease. He amused me writing about every meal at length on the cruise ship--given that food plays such a huge role on those transports. Higgins is known for his dialogues and his capturing the atmosphere of the time. I would add he's very good at describing couples of longstanding and disintegrating relationships.
Craig
Oct 20, 2007 Craig rated it liked it
Higgins' thing was real crime and he did that thing exceedingly well. This book is a departure: a relationship novel. And a pretty good one, but it is my least favorite Higgins novel.
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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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