April 27, 2010
April 27, 2010
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.
Blending dark humor and visceral violence through a cast of shady, fumbling thugs and detectives, FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE--George V. Higgins's debut novel, first published in 1972--offered a genre-bending reimagining of the possibilities of crime fiction. Moving beyond the psychological darkness of noir detective fiction, FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE uses a certain type of tongue-in-cheek absurdity to relate the on-the-edge chaos of life for those living outside the law and those half-heartedly trying to defend it. When Eddie "Fingers" Coyle finds himself staring down the nose of three years in the pen, the low-level gunrunner starts making deals with the police, spilling juicy tidbits on his "friends," other Boston lowlifes. Inevitably this will catch up with Eddie, but the profoundly pot-holed road to the end makes for a thoroughly engrossing read.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Mystery + Crime, General
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Author: George V. Higgins
- Online Item #: 12289796
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-4655
- ISBN: 9780312429690
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported