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The Friends of Eddie Coyle


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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

A Landmark Tough Guy Novel

by leevyne on Dec 2, 2010

I had occasion 15 or so years ago to refer to this novel at a publishing conference when I was in that business, and was criticized for it, mostly by people who AI am certain hadn't read it. This was my first rereading since that time, and I satisfyingly stand by my admiration for it. Great characters, intricately plotted, and, as many commentators wiser than I have commented over the years (including the estimable Dennis Lehane, who wrote the intro), Higgins had a singularly brilliant ear for human speech of a particular type, making this a landmark in mid-20th century noir fiction. Still a great read.


George V Higgins

by colorado on Jun 11, 2009

This novel was the first one that I had read by G V Higgins and it will be the first of many. His way of expressing the local dialect is by far the best that I have ever read. I would strongly recommend this book.


Like real people only better

by MaggieOBoyle on Jun 4, 2009

Everyone who talks about this book talks about the dialog. Higgins has distilled the mundane talk of petty criminals and ordinary people into an essence of wit and insight. The plot isn't bad--enough red herrings, coincidence and crossed paths to be entertaining; not so many as to feel forced or contrived.


Brilliant book

by Cyberactor on Apr 2, 2007

I was turned on to George V. Higgins through a friend. He found out that I like crime fiction and was astonished that I hadn't read "Friends of Eddie Coyle." He lent me the book and...I was hooked. Higgins is a brilliant storyteller and gives his characters a long, long leash to spin their various tales. "Eddie Coyle" has stories within stories and I have rarely read a book where the characters voices are so clear and distinctive. Think Elmore Leonard with a gift of gab. I am a HUGE fan of this book. You will be, too.

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