The classic novel from "America's best crime novelist" (Time), with a new introduction by Dennis Lehane
George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel is a down-and-dirty tale of thieves, mobsters, and cops on the mean streets of Boston. When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he's looking at three years in the pen--that is, unless he sells out one of his big-fish clients to the DA. But which of the many hoods, gunmen, and executioners whom he calls his friends should he send up the river? Told almost entirely in crackling dialogue by a vivid cast of lowlifes and detectives, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the greatest crime novels ever written.
“The best crime novel ever written--makes The Maltese Falcon read like Nancy Drew.” -- Elmore Leonard
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Are you an Elmore Leonard fan like me? Read this!! I’ve read from multiple sources many great crime writers consider this to be one of the great crimes books of all time and I agree. Get ready to be a fly on the wall in a fantastic tragic tale. Set in Boston 1970s this is an intimate and fascinating story. A great read!
Whether or not you have read Elmore Leonard's eloquent praise for Higgins before reading this masterpiece does not matter, though Dutch's words sum up perfectly the gifts this writer possesses. The power of dialogue and ability to craft a story using little more than the spoken words of the characters is a gift Higgins employs here to it's fullest potential. A must read. So happy it is finally on iBooks.
Midwesterners might need a translator
All and all a cleverly written book. The eastern gangster dialogue is not the easiest to follow. Learning the characters is just as challenging.