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George V. Higgins is best known for his novels about small-time crooks in and around Boston. Having read and enjoyed his first three books, I moved on to “A Choice of Enemies”. This novel is about political corruption at the highest levels of state government with Bernie Morgan, the Speaker of the House, at the center of the plotlines. Morgan, a onetime bouncer at a backwoods roadhouse, is a natural politician whose deals for state contracts to build various projects are under investigation. The ...more
A remarkably witty, dialogue heavy, novel about political corruption. Higgins is a wonderful writer of lengthy scenes of groups of people talking, his naturalistic and occasionally hilarious dialogue is what the whole novel is built upon and where it succeeds. It is an astute novel about the vagaries of politics, with a cynical eye for detail. A really enjoyable read.
This was a hard book to get into, because of the vast array of characters, I think, but once you broke though and picked up the rhythm, it was a great book--if Tolstoy have been covering Staties, Millis, Dorchester and the South Shore Mall.
George Vincent Higgins was a United States author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and college professor. He is best known for his bestselling crime novels.More about George V. Higgins...