- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394490576
- ISBN-13: 978-0394490571
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cogan's Trade Hardcover – 1974
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“Higgins deserves to stand in the company of the likes of Chandler and Hammett as one of the true innovators in crime fiction.” —Scott Turow
"Higgins can plot a whole book like one long chase scene. He can write dialogue so authentic it spits." —Life
"The Balzac of the Boston underworld. ... Higgins is almost uniquely blessed with a gift for voices, each of them ... as distinctive as a fingerprint."—The New Yorker
“One of the great crime writers of the twentieth century.” —Kansas City Star
“Higgins writes about the world of crime with an authenticity that is unmatched.” --The Washington Post
“A uniquely gifted writer . . . who does at least as well by the Hogarthian Boston he knows as Raymond Chandler once did for Southern California.” —The New York Times
"Superb. . . Higgins is a complete novelist. His work will be read when the work of competing writers has been forgotten."—Chicago Daily News
"Brilliant. . . Higgins is a master stylist."--New York Post
“George V. Higgins’s mastery of the patois of the Boston criminal class is legendary.” —San Jose Mercury News --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The plot is entirely believable and, for the most part, so are the characters. The problem I had was that *all* the characters sound alike. Mr. Higgins uses authentic street slang for all his characters, but after a while they all seem to sound alike and kind of blend into the same character. This effect is especially noticeable if you read two or more GVH novels in a row, as I did. I got the impression that Mr. Higgins enjoyed using the vernacular so much that he ended up overdoing it.
But you need to judge that for yourself. The book is a good read and well worth the purchase price. If you enjoy real-life crime fiction, you ought to try this book.