The Friends of Eddie Coyle

A Novel

George V. Higgins

A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book

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The classic novel from "America's best crime novelist" (Time), with a new
introduction by Elmore Leonard

Eddie Coyle works for Jimmy Scalisi, supplying him with guns for a couple of bank jobs. But a cop named Foley is on to Eddie and he's leaning on him to finger Scalisi, a gang leader with a lot to hide. And then there's Dillon-a full-time bartender and part-time contract killer--pretending to be Eddie's friend. Wheeling, dealing, chasing, and stealing--that's Eddie, and he's got lots of friends.

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Praise for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

“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

“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

“First-rate, absolutely convincing, enormously readable.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“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 degardations.”—The New Yorker

“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



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You must read (and watch) Eddie Coyle. - Slate Magazine
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...
- Slate

PAPERBACK WRITERS - latimes.com
Boston, down and dirty
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George V. Higgins

George V. Higgins was a lawyer, journalist, teacher, and the author of 29 books, including Bomber's Law, Trust , and Kennedy for the Defense.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle
A Novel
George V. Higgins

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429931984
ISBN10: 1429931981
192 pages
$9.99

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Picador
April 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312429690
ISBN10: 031242969X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$15.00
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