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The Friends of Eddie Coyle: A Novel Paperback – April 27, 2010
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“Simultaneously a brilliant thriller and a cold and convincing business prospectus of felony--a profession that traps both sides, gunmen and policemen, into ceaseless compulsory degradation.” ―The New Yorker
“Chilling . . . The most penetrating glimpse yet into what seems the real world of crime. . . . Positively reeking with authenticity.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Truly a bravura performance. Higgins is a master of colorful street language heard around Boston. Throughout the novel, without quaintness or self-parody, he is able to sustain long arias of criminal shoptalk. . . . A sophisticated thriller.” ―Time
“Weighed and calibrated like the barrel of a pistol. The fact that he's writing about crooks is crucial in some ways, incidental in others. The real subjects here are life's futility and its bleak humor… Elmore Leonard learned from this novel, likewise David Mamet and of course Quentin Tarantino, who saw the narrative virtue in marrying violence to comedies of manners…. Higgins took the tough-guy novel into areas of demented anthropology and re-created a genre.” ―Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
“Rings true as a police siren.” ―The Boston Globe
“The best crime novel ever written--makes The Maltese Falcon read like Nancy Drew.” ―Elmore Leonard
“First-rate, absolutely convincing, enormously readable.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
“The most powerful and frightening crime novel that I have read this year. It will be remembered long after the year is over, as marking the debut of a fine original talent.” ―Ross Macdonald
“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 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 best crime novel period.” ―Troy Patterson, SLATE
Top Customer Reviews
The story is very simple, the dialog is incredibly lifelike and readable. The characters are very real and the story is believable. Its not really a mystery as much as it is a story about some criminals and what they think and feel.
Warning, though. Don't buy this if you like the 'high concept' plots of Grisham and Patterson. This is a very simple story about real people and real criminals. If you're an aspiring writer of crime fiction, definitely check it out especially the dialog.
The only way Eddie can avoid prison is to trade information & he's soon caught in between the Feds, his gun dealer & the Mob. George V. Higgin's debut novel (now almost thirty years old) is notable for it's streetwise dialogue and the nearly Shakespearean sense of tragedy (well, at least, Billy "Sonnets" Shakespeare) that surrounds Eddie.
This book is still a bleak, fascinating read.
I had also been searching for the film for years (it was not available on VHS or DVD) but thanks to Amazon Unbox, I finally got a chance to see this classic with Robert Mitchum. Highly recommend!!!
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Wonderful crime novel. Higgins provides a rare voice which is capable of illustrating the desperation of the criminal mind and the seedy characters associated within this... Read morePublished 20 days ago by CB
I have been a noir fan for longer then i can remember and this is at the very top of the heap. I had viewed the film before i ever got around to reading the book but the two are so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frederick Otero
A crime story with real criminals. No good or bad guys just criminals who see what they do as a job just like a plumber or a bartender. Read morePublished 1 month ago by knight1wolf
Excellent book. The dialogue, which accounts for 90% of the book, is what always keeps me glued to reading it (not to mention the short, manageable chapters). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read! Esp for anyone who is a fan of the Justified series.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Cirlincione