George V. Higgins, the internationally-acclaimed grand master of crime fiction, returns to thrill listeners with this riveting tale of cops, robbers, and big city low life. An expertly crafted story of loyalty and betrayal, it is peppered with wonderfully authentic dialogue and seedy black-market atmosphere.
Eddie Coyle is a small-time gun dealer with a big-time problem: who to sell out to avoid going to prison. While mob bosses, cops, hoods, gunmen, thieves, and executioners give Eddie plenty of choices, he has few options. Any decision could cost him his life.
Shady deals and accusations fly as fast and deadly as bullets in this riveting audiobook. The combination of Higgins and narrator Mark Hammer will leave you with mental images of crime and justice that you never thought possible before.
©1970, 1971 George V. Higgins (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC
This was one of the better combinations of narrator and story I've found on Audible. For the record the narrator is from California and the Boston accent (not overpowering) that he uses is for dramatic effect.
I heard about this book from an interview with Elmore Leonard. He cited it and George Higgins' other work as having dialogue he enjoyed and I can see why. The characters are all written sharp and quick witted. The back and forth between them is vicious and hilarious.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
The plot is ok; the dialogue -priceless!!!!
The author capture a certain time and place with precision, humor and grace! Well worth your time!
Just my opinion -- no one should record George V. Higgins but Mark Hammer. He knows the accents, he reads the book out as it was meant to be read -- and that's vital because it's Higgins. Higgins is almost all dialogue. If the dialogue isn't read in a natural, offhand way you'll lose the thread. This book contains some 70s cars and settings, true, but it's as contemporary and well-written as anything in mystery fiction. It's realistic and it's a morality play. The end follows inexorably from the beginning and you're there for every scene. And, if Audible ever brings it onboard, Bomber's Law is even better. But you have to love the language, and the way it's read.
I envy you hearing this for the first time.
what comes of 17 years as an boston assistant attorney general ?
in george v. higgins case it produced an keen ear for dialogue
his characters spoke the way ernest hemingway tried to write
each day higgins got to hear criminals cry, lie, explain and complain
to them the unforgivable sin was stupidity or carelessness
it all happened in the brutal zero sum world of south boston crime
in this harsh world female characters were an absolute footnote
at times these women could get their men to be stupid or careless
but beyond those episodes, women barely registered a mention
it was not the oxytocin world of comfort or safety or listening ears
the valuable talent in this dopamine world was the ability to assess a threat
and the threats came in all forms, places and times
some readers may find the text relentlessly dark or grim
other important writers would strongly disagree however
the fans of this book make a sort of "whose who" of crime writers
what does it truly mean to be a man ? how do you think strategically ?
some would say that is the central question of any society
george v. higgins' book answered that question better than most
I read a review that said this is a classic detective story with authentic conversations between criminals. It was a slow but interesting book. If this is an indication of the author's other books, I do not intend to listen to more. the performance was done quite.
I read this because I loved the television series Justified. At the end, the main character (Raylan Givens) tosses a tattered copy of this book at another marshall and says that he has read it ten times. I think that this was probably a brilliant insight into that world, when it was written, and has doubtless influenced an awful lot of crime drama since. Unfortunately, it has probably been so influential that it has become cliche, and in general, I am not really that big a fan of cop/lawyer/doctor shows, so I did not really enjoy this all that much. For an aficionado of this genre, it is probably one of the greats.
It ended rather abruptly.
I always wish that audio books would be read a lot less theatrically. I prefer more subtlety.
No. Although Justified is one of the best shows I have ever seen. If I had enjoyed this book more, I would likely have read his novel Raylan, on which Justified was based. I kind of wish I had chosen that one instead.
"Owen Meany, who rarely wasted words and had the conversation stopping habit of dropping remarks like coins into a deep pool of water..... remarks that sank, like truth, to the bottom of the pool where they would remain, untouchable...."
-John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
Yes, the narrator brings the dialogue to life.
Jackie Brown - he reminds me of a cool criminal from an Elmore Leonard novel.
Boston accents are not easy to do well, Hammer does an excellent job.
No, i liked having time between sessions to think about the plot and the many characters and stories.
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