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A juicy, rollicking novel about some fetching lowlife, including a former point-shaving basketball player, ready to go for that little extra. Corruption, deceit, and dishonor propel a gang of rascals as devilishly beguiling as any seen before.
Paperback, 289 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Zebra
(first published 1989)
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Another unusually structured book by George V. Higgins, this one about a crooked used car dealer named Earl Beale. Beale not only cons customers into buying cars that'll barely make it home, but indulges in blackmailing politicians and committing fraud against his own brother, not to mention grand theft auto. As usual with Higgins, the book is ninety percent dialogue to the extent to which key plot points must be extracted from what is said. You get used to it after reading a few of Higgins's bo ...more
Mar 13, 2014 False rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I'm currently reading Victories and realized that several of the characters in Trust are making a new appearance in a different storyline that touches on "Trust." The usual Higgins style with more dialogue than plot, but who needs plot when the characters tell the story so well. Higgins can ring pathos from life's losers, gangsters, con artists, it's rich...he covers the spectrum of humanity, and he had sharp eyes. I've added the images for this first edition volume. I keep finding a lack of the ...more
I read some of Higgins years ago, before he died, and picked this one up for a buck from a shelf in front of Zingg records. Vintage dialogue, but the trouble is that all the characters talk at length in the same wise guy idiom. The characters were rather predictable, though the prostitute toughness was refreshing. I will read more Higgins. As overdrawn as his characters are their world is still one that fascinates me.
I had not read a George V Higgins book for a number of years, and it took me a little while to get into his style and rhythms, but, as usual, the mix of politics and sleaze drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I do not think it is one of his best, the main plot being a bit too thin, but he is a genuine storyteller with a unique style.
The best of the later Higgins I've read. The plot unfolds almost subliminally through conversation that's so pleasurable to read, you may miss the machinations entirely. But it all snaps together in the final few pages (though if you're like me, you'll need a few minutes to think your way back through it all and realize, "Ah, so that's what happened!")
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...