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The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012

a tidy, unique and extremely focused crime novel. higgins' small time crooks feel like the kind of guys you walk past cautiously in a bar. he captures their language perfectly without over-stylizing it, and locates his characters in a plausible middle ground between cleverness and pig-headed-ness. eddie coyle feels like a story about real people with real problems. it's the kind of crime story you might overhear on the subway, told with a good eye for the person who might tell it. higgins hints at some larger issues as well - betrayal, exhaustion, meaninglessness - and strikes a few chords from time to time on their accounts. but mostly i just loved the dialogue and the earthy realism.

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