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George V. Higgins
Henry Holt & Company (October 1995)
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The Friends of Eddie Coyle, published in 1970, is the debut novel of George V. Higgins, then an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston. The novel is a realistic depiction of the Irish-American underworld in Boston.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle, published in 1970, is the debut novel of George V. Its central character is the title character Eddie Coyle, a small-time criminal and informant. The Friends of Eddie Coyle was adapted into a 1973 film, directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum.

Lawyer, journalist, and teacher, George V. Higgins was the author of more than thirty books. Style Versus Substance. Praise for The Friends of Eddie Coyle. One of the best of its genre I have read since Hemingway’s The Killers. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times.

Eddie Coyle, known to frenemies as Eddie Fingers, is too fucking stupid to walk the streets a free man. George V. Higgins's The Friends of Eddie Coyle is watching someone get stabbed in the back that should never have been turned in the first place by all of the low "This life's hard, but it's. Higgins's The Friends of Eddie Coyle is watching someone get stabbed in the back that should never have been turned in the first place by all of the low "This life's hard, but it's harder if you're stupid. Don't trust crooked cops especially.

George V. Higgins (1939-1999) was a lawyer, journalist, teacher, and the author of 29 books, including Bomber's Law . Higgins (1939-1999) was a lawyer, journalist, teacher, and the author of 29 books, including Bomber's Law, Trust, and Kennedy for the Defense. His seminal crime novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle was the basis for the 1973 Robert Mitchum film of the same name.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle. The first thing to know about George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle is that it directly entered the crime-fiction canon upon its 1970 publication.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle. The classic novel from "America's best crime novelist" (Time), with a new introduction by Dennis Lehane. The second thing to know is that it holds up as both a writer’s-writer thriller and as popular pulp, with Dennis Lehane introducing Picador’s new 40th-anniversary reissue of the novel by heralding it as ‘the game-changing crime novel of the last fifty years’-a moderate claim compared to that of Elmore Leonard, who hails it as the.

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The classic bestseller by the author of Impostors. Eddie Coyle is a small-time punk with a big-time problem--whom to sell out to avoid being sent up again.
  • Mmsa
The strength of this brilliant crime novel lies in the dialog, which constitutes about eighty percent of the book. George V. Higgins had an excellent ear and captures perfectly the voices of all of the characters who populate the book. I really have no idea what a group of typical run-of-the-mill criminals would actually sound like, but this is about the most realistic sounding group of crooks--and cops--that I've ever encountered in a novel.

At the center of the book is a small-time Boston criminal named Eddie Coyle, and the conceit of the book is that Eddie really doesn't have any friends. He has guys that he hangs out with and guys that he works with, and cops that he negotiates with, but none of them really cares about Eddie and anyone of them would sell him out for a tired dime.

Of course Eddie's not above dealing his "friends" either. He's in a real jam, having been convicted of driving a truck filled with stolen booze and he's looking at a long stretch in the pen. Eddie's convinced that he really can't do the time and he's looking to make a trade with the authorities that will get him off the hook.

Eddie's been supplying guns to a group of bank robbers. Perhaps he could give up the guy who's supplying him with the guns; perhaps he could give up the robbers themselves, but would either or both be enough to get the prosecutor to back off?

Clearly there's no honor among thieves, or among the cops, for that matter. These guys are all working stiffs, just trying to get through the day, irrespective of which side of the law they happen to reside on. There are no good guys and no bad guys in this tale; you find yourself rooting for Eddie simply because you sympathize with the poor mope and not because he embodies any recognizable virtues.

Again, it's the dialog that makes this book a classic. It has the ring of authenticity and listening to these guys scheme, negotiate, plead and promise becomes almost an intimate experience. It's a book that no fan of the crime genre should miss.
  • caster
The 40th Anniversary Edition of George V. Higgins' The Friends of Eddie Coyle opens with an introduction by Dennis Lehane, who's one of the greatest noir novelists writing today. To have Lehane praise the novel is no small thing; to have him cite it as an inspiration for the great Elmore Leonard sets the stage even more; but to have Lehane say, as he does here, that it's "quite possibly one of the four or five best crime novels ever written" sets expectations pretty astonishingly high for a newcomer to Higgins' iconic book. (Oh, and it turns out, the aforementioned Elmore Leonard? He thought it was the best crime novel ever written. No small thing, that.) Could the book live up to that introduction? Heck, could any book live up to that?

Somehow, The Friends of Eddie Coyle does, largely by defying every expectation of what you think it's going to be. Yes, it's a crime novel, but it's one in which we see very little crime actually happen, and even what we get is often limited by our perspective. Yes, it plunges you into a Boston underworld of mobsters, made men, stool pigeons, and gun runners, but rather than giving us the drama of The Godfather or even the lived-in grime of The Sopranos, this colorful collection of hoods and rogues are ridiculously inept at times - self-involved, fearful, self-preserving, and ultimately less threatening than they are dangerous to each other.

But more than anything else, what you don't expect about The Friends of Eddie Coyle is how much of the novel consists of nothing more than characters talking. There's little action in the novel, little narration; instead, Higgins lets his characters just talk to - and at - each other in rambling monologues, digressions, casual slang, and a constant stream of bluffs, brags, and confessions. It's a novel almost entirely constructed out of these conversations, with what plot there is largely unfolding in the background - and what's more, often behind the layers of deception coming out of the mouths of our characters, who are interested in nothing so much as they are preserving their own lives and looking tough in the progress.

The result is a bit hard to describe casually, because this isn't the crime novel you expect. Yes, there's a story unfolding here - about bank robbers, a criminal desperate not to go to jail, a gun-runner, and some very paranoid mafia men - but that's hardly the point, nor is it the joy of the book. No, what makes The Friends of Eddie Coyle so great is living next to these characters and listening to their patter, all of which tells you more about them in seconds than any amount of narration ever could. If I tell you that a character says the following, don't you instantly know everything about their personality and worldview, without me saying another word?

"I’m getting older. I spent my whole life sitting around in one crummy joint after another with a bunch of punks like you, drinking coffee, eating hash, and watching other people take off for Florida while I got to sweat how the hell I’m going to pay the plumber next week."

Or what about this incredible monologue?

“I heard a guy on television the other night,” Dillon said. “He was talking about pigeons. Called them flying rats. I thought that was pretty good. He had something in mind, going to feed them the Pill or something, make them extinct. Trouble is, he was serious, you know? There was a guy that got s*** on and probably got s*** on again and then he got mad. Ruined his suit or something, going to spend the rest of his life getting even with the pigeons because they wrecked a hundred-dollar suit. Now there isn’t any percentage in that. There must be ten million pigeons in Boston alone, laying eggs every day, which will generally produce more pigeons, and all of them dropping tons of s***, rain or shine. And this guy in New York is going to, well, there just aren’t going to be any of them in this world any more.” 

No, The Friends of Eddie Coyle isn't what you expect, and that can be a bit distracting at first. But it's pretty amazing in its color, its life, its wry humor, and its incredible voice, and there's no denying how simply rich, entertaining, and engrossing it is. That this book somehow lives up to that introduction? That's no small thing.
  • Sermak Light
Meet Eddie Coyle. He's a guy who knows a guy and some other guys. They include gunrunners, bank robbers, killers and other low-lives. Eddie "Fingers" could be facing some prison time and to avoid it, he might have to give to help the feds out by turning over someone he knows. It's a world where the criminals and the cops look out for themselves. There are no heroes here, just low life crooks and low life cops and there is barely any honor among them.
There isn't much of a plot. It's a very short book, about 182 pages or so. But the dialogue is genuine and authentic and the characters are the most colorful bunch of low-lives you'll ever meet. I was about to give it four stars, but I just really enjoyed it too much.
  • Malogamand
I've just discovered the crime novels of George V. Higgins and want to say "Great stuff!" Crisply written, funny, funky. In a way, his books are light reading, but in a way, there's a whole lot going on here, simmering under the surface. I look forward to working my way through his books.