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The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
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Jun 23, 10

it was amazing

George V Higgins was a Boston lawyer who took to writing, this is his first book. In it he displays his incredibly sharp ear for the many and various patois of the region; it is so precise that I've often wondered if anybody who has not lived in the Boston area and known its many dialects could truly appreciate the way Higgins captures them.
There are many other qualities to appreciate: his swift characterizations, his knack for suspense, his deft portrayal of criminals at the edge and the harried cops who pursue them.
If you like Elmore Leonard, you'll like Higgins; indeed, Leonard acknowledges Higgins as one of his primary influences. Later in his literary career, Higgins would occasionally get bogged down in experiments with dialogue and plot, but he always remained interesting. In this book, he is at his crispest: vital, perceptive, acute. "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" is a classic that deserves to be placed alongside "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon".

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