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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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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.
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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