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George V. Higgins was the author of more than twenty novels, including the bestsellers The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Cogan's Trade, The Rat on Fire, and The Digger's Game. He was a reporter for the Providence Journal and the Associated Press before obtaining a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1967. He was an assistant attorney general and then an assistant United States attorney in Boston from 1969 to 1973. He later taught Creative Writing at Boston University. He died in 1999.
"Another bullseye for Higgins!" --The New York Times
"Digger is so real that the next time you order a drink from a
bartender, you'll look at him hard, wondering what he does on his
days off."--Los Angeles Times "Higgins is one hell of a
writer."--Newsday "Aspiring writers of any genre, not just
legal suspense, would be wise to read lots of George Higgins."
--John Grisham "Higgins deserves to stand in the company of the
likes of Chandler and Hammett as one of the true innovators in
crime fiction." --Scott Turow "Higgins can plot a whole book like
one long chase scene. He can write dialogue so authentic it spits."
--Life "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 "One of the
great crime writers of the twentieth century." --Kansas City
Star "Higgins writes about the world of crime with an
authenticity that is unmatched." --The Washington Post "A
uniquely gifted writer . . . who does at least as well by the
Hogarthian Boston he knows as Raymond Chandler once did for
Southern California." --The New York Times