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The Rat on Fire: A Novel | [George V. Higgins]

The Rat on Fire: A Novel

Jerry Fein is a small-time lawyer, occasional booking agent, and full-time slumlord. But he’s nobody’s fool. So when the tenants of his dilapidated buildings refuse to pay rent because of rats, Jerry knows just the man to help him: Leo Proctor, a professional arsonist who can make a fire marshal look the other way for a little cash. But the heat is on over at the police station as well. A couple of cops are suddenly feeling pressure from their superiors to produce, and something has got to give.
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Publisher's Summary

The Rat on Fire is a riveting, blistering hot novel about the shady side of the law and the business side of the Boston underworld by the one and only George V. Higgins.

Jerry Fein is a small-time lawyer, occasional booking agent, and full-time slumlord. But he’s nobody’s fool. So when the tenants of his dilapidated buildings refuse to pay rent because of rats, Jerry knows just the man to help him: Leo Proctor, a professional arsonist, who can make a fire marshal look the other way for a little cash. But the heat is on over at the police station as well. A couple of cops are suddenly feeling pressure from their superiors to produce, and something has got to give.

Full of hardnosed cops and lawyers a little too familiar with both sides of the law, The Rat on Fire is another Higgins masterpiece and an unflinching portrait of the Boston crime world.

©1981 George V. Higgins (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Balzac of the Boston underworld...Higgins is almost uniquely blessed with a gift for voices, each of them...as distinctive as a fingerprint." (The New Yorker)

"Higgins can plot a whole book like one long chase scene. He can write dialogue so authentic it spits." (Life)

"Aspiring writers of any genre, not just legal suspense, would be wise to read lots of George Higgins." (John Grisham)

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