THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE by George V. Higgins

THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The macadam jungle -- round about the Boston suburbs up to New Hampshire -- as traveled by Eddie Coyle alias Eddie Fingers who is just a thief but shrewd and ready to blat if he can clear himself with the law, and some of his friends -- Jackie Brown who can procure machineguns for the Mafia, or is it the Panthers; and Artie Van who robs banks -- there's a heist now. This small-time crime is seen through the gunsight of a federal cop (Higgins is now a U.S. District Attorney in Boston) and it doesn't add up to a really substantial story; but the gut vernacular is pretty entertaining even if effing other word is effingly awful. All of it's as sharp as the retort of one of those machineguns.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1971
ISBN: 0805065989
Publisher: Knopf