The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
ISBN: 031242969X
EAN13: 9780312429690
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 27, 2010
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 8.2" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The classic novel from America's best crime novelist (Time), with a new introduction by Dennis Lehane

George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel is a down-and-dirty tale of thieves, mobsters, and cops on the mean streets of Boston. When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he's looking at three years in the pen--that is, unless he sells out one of his big-fish clients to the DA. But which of the many hoods, gunmen, and executioners whom he calls his friends should he send up the river? Told almost entirely in crackling dialogue by a vivid cast of lowlifes and detectives, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the greatest crime novels ever written.

The best crime novel ever written--makes The Maltese Falcon read like Nancy Drew. -- Elmore Leonard

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   Not a fan of alternating persons narrating a story referring ...
Not a fan of alternating persons, who tell a story referring to the same character as physical description, and then by name.
 
5
   The blueprint
From what I have read, we may never have had Elmore Leonard without this book, for that alone, I give five stars.
 
5
   One of the best
Short and sweet with the best dialogue ever recorded.
 
5
   Original & Intricate, totally believable
No wonder that Elmore Leonard loved this book. No wonder that Dennis Lehane says that all those authors in this genre owes George V. Higgins a great debt of gratitude. Intricate, yet completely believable plot. Realistic in how it ends. If you ever read and liked anything by Lehane or Leonard, if you liked the FX TV show justified, you have to read this.
 
5
   Different, but I liked it
I don 't know much about it, but it was good. It takes talent to write in a dialect, and that is just what Higgins does. Great read!
 
5
   This life's hard, man. But it's harder if you're stupid.
I got this after seeing the generally unknown but highly praised film with Robert Mitchum. Now I know why after reading the book. They stole just good pages from this random book and slapped them together into a script. All the things that really make no sense and have a little impact in the film, hit hard in the book. Jackie Brown is a great character, especially for the first time.
 
5
   A crime novel that shows the real underworld.
For some reason, I do not know why, I think that men would enjoy this book more than women.
 
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   Entertaining
Nice word play, but I was a little disappointed in the ending. Surprised that this has not been made into a film.
 
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   Some friends
Eddie Eddie could be an unrepentant hood, facing years in jail for carrying a stolen truck load of booze. Lately, he had become a gun runner, selling pistols to his criminal cohorts. He had already been broken by some other hoods after a gun owner had been caught with a known gun and taken to prison. Then Coyle faced his own sentence and was attempting to bargain his way out of hard time by attempting to turn off some of his compatriots to the authorities. The mob got hip to his tricks and turned on Alas. Whether he fell under the bullets or not, he became a target of the mob and then fell to a Skab under the cover of the bullets.
 
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   A crime classic that holds up
This is one of the great classics of crime fiction, so I thought it was high time I finally got around to reading it. Over the years, it has been praised and praised by a who's who of legendary crime writers, so that I will keep this short. Eddie is facing prison time in prison, he's been there before and he's not going back, somebody will be fed to the cops. That is just the way it is, the only question is who it will be. Eddie Coyle's friends live up to its reputation. It reflects the dog-eat-dog world of the working class criminal, where everybody is looking for a way to get on top. Some of the guys have connections, but nobody has real protection. The honor among the thieves is not nearly as strong as the urge for self-preservation. If you're a lover of crime fiction and you haven't yet read it, if you're on the fence about whether it still holds up after all those years, if you never heard of it before, this is absolutely worth your time. It is short. It is good to have. It is read by :
 
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