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At End of Day tells the story of the downfall of Boston mobster Arthur McKeach; more precisely, it tells the story of those who tell the story of McKeach's undoing. In Higgins's world--though he could write a mean murder scene--crime is less an immediate event than a moment to which his characters return to weave complicated, often conflicting narratives. At the novel's center lies a problematic alliance between McKeach and his top henchman, Nick Cistaro, and FBI agents Darren Stoat and Jack Farrier: the mobsters provide information to the FBI about their Mafia rivals in return for protection. To say that the partnership serves to humanize both sides, or to claim that the yoke of creative necessity harnesses men who are ironically similar, is to pander to the obvious. Far better to relax into the intoxicating rhythms of the characters' language, as when McKeach attempts to educate a horrified Stoat in the underworld code of behavior:
His expression was calm, his tone the patient monotone, varied by occasional emphasis, that an earnest instructor would use addressing interested novices. 'But then the big guys get involved in private fights, one of them floats in onna tide? Reason don't matter--if he's big then his guys're involved, they don't have no choice. It's then a matter of honor. And besides, if the guys who aren't dead, if they expect to keep what they've got, well then, they'd better get involved too. Show some respect for their guy who is dead, and retaliate, right? Because otherwise the guys who did him'll come around and do them, take over his whole territory. So--never mind why he is dead, he is dead--revenge is their duty to him, and themselves, to show they're still men.'
McKeach lives, and others die, by this code; his unwavering control is the axis around which At End of Day revolves. Higgins fans both old and new will find themselves captivated by McKeach's authority and Higgins's hypnotic prose. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This George V. Higgins crime novel from 2000, At End Of Day, has to be pure fiction, right. The FBI, the G-men, a couple of guys in the guys in the Boston office anyway, trying to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alfred Johnson
Higgins's later books are not as good as his earlier books---At End of Day is too convoluted, too complicated. Not enough HAPPENS.Published 11 months ago by Christopher Holdridge
Pure Bostonese! When you're a Boston lad living in Copenhagen, Higgins is a must!Published 13 months ago by C. Ronald Pierce
Great story based on Whitey Bulger/FBI case, written fifteen years ago. Higgins does great work, or did until R.I.P. in 2000Published on September 18, 2013 by john moeling
This is the story - with almost all the details right - of the Whitey Bulger and Steve (The Rifleman) Flemmi saga. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Bostom
I'm still working through this book. I loved the Friends of Eddy Coyle, but as a follow-up, this is less engaging, more of a slog. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Birck
The item we received is as advertised. Book is in the usual excellant condition. I suspect but cannot prove that the quality of the writing on Higgin's last book was negatively... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Daniel W. Lynch
First of all, I loved The Friends of Eddie Coyle. It's a brilliant book. But with all his subsequent books, the singular dialog magic of that book falls apart to varying degrees. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by James Tetreault