The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle The classic bestseller by the author of Impostors Eddie Coyle is a small time punk with a big time problem whom to sell out to avoid being sent up again
  • Title: The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • Author: George V. Higgins
  • ISBN: 9780140102321
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    The classic bestseller by the author of Impostors Eddie Coyle is a small time punk with a big time problem whom to sell out to avoid being sent up again.
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle By George V. Higgins,
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    George Vincent Higgins was a United States author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and college professor He is best known for his bestselling crime novels.


  • Gun runner Eddie Coyle is facing jail time for some hijacked booze While trying to procure some guns for a friend of his for a string of bank robberies, Coyle decides to drop a dime on the man he s buying from But will that be enough And what will happen to Eddie once people hear he s a fink El Leonard called this the best crime novel ever written Dennis Lehane called it a game changer Raylan Givens even mentioned it on an episode of Justified I figured I should give it a read.The Friends of Edd [...]

  • The strength of this brilliant crime novel lies in the dialog, which constitutes about eighty percent of the book George V Higgins had an excellent ear and captures perfectly the voices of all of the characters who populate the book I really have no idea what a group of typical run of the mill criminals would actually sound like, but this is about the most realistic sounding group of crooks and cops that I ve ever encountered in a novel.At the center of the book is a small time Boston criminal n [...]

  • FAT CITY Il romanzo usc nel 1972 e solamente un anno dopo fu la volta del film.Higgins all epoca era un magistrato.La sua storia quanto di pi lontano si possa immaginare dalle crime novel a caratteri cubitali come sono quelle di Winslow, come fu il pi o meno contemporaneo Il padrino di Mario Puzo Molto vicina invece al realismo ordinario di un George Pelekanos Aspetto che mi seduce.Splendido Robert Mitchum nella parte di Eddie Coyle, se la cuce addosso come un vestito fatto su misura.Eddie Coyle [...]

  • With friends like these, you certainly wouldn t need any enemies Eddie Coyle is a low level Boston mobster facing serious prison time after getting arrested for driving a truck of hijacked liquor While awaiting his sentencing, Eddie tries to buy guns to supply to some buddies who have been robbing banks, but he s also angling to rat out his gun dealer to the cops in order to get out of going to jail I ve been hearing about this book for quite a while, and I was worried that it couldn t live up t [...]

  • 3.5 Es la primera novela que leo de Higgins y su estilo directo, casi sin narraci n, solo con di logos me ha gustado La trama est muy bien, muestra sin ning n apego tanto a los malos como a los buenos como si estuviera explicando algo sin importancia.

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a solid crime novel, in which suspicion is normal, and nothing is glamourous It takes place mostly, but not entirely, in dialogue, which is amazingly well written.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  • The best crime novel ever written El Leonard What I can t get over is that so good a first novel was written by the fuzz Norman MailerGeorge Higgins was an assistant U.S Attorney for Massachusets when he set out to document the new reality of hardboiled criminal life in and around Boston with the story of Eddie Coyle Told mostly in conversation the plot loosely revolves around petty criminal Eddie Coyle facing a sentencing trial and working to maneuver himself out of it with the assistance of a [...]

  • This was a difficult read for me from page one as I was unable to pick a friend to root for Whenever I read a book I pick a character which I like and over the course of the book I love and hate this character by what he she does And sometimes I switched sides too by dumping this one for someone smart good It was so hard to pick a bad guy to hate let alone someone good to love in this book Eddie Coyle is facing jail time and to save himself he give little not full information to police The poli [...]

  • This life s hard, but it s harder if you re stupid Don t trust cops Don t trust crooked cops especially In his defense Serpico wasn t released yet Maybe he didn t know any better Don t be a sap, Mariel There s no excuse Eddie Coyle, known to frenemies as Eddie Fingers, is too fucking stupid to walk the streets a free man George V Higgins s The Friends of Eddie Coyle is watching someone get stabbed in the back that should never have been turned in the first place by all of the low life s that Bos [...]

  • Sometime near the end of the previous century, when I was applying to MFA programs, one of the schools required samples in various disciplines, not just prose fiction, so I cranked out a neo noir script that their film prof ended up getting mildly excited about, although he couldn t help adding it owed something to Tarantino He must have been referring to my two assassins who discussed things like poetry and history in between whacking people, but I hadn t meant to ape Pulp Fiction at all I thin [...]

  • Decades after seeing Peter Yates s extraordinary film version of George V Higgins s novel THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, I finally got around to reading the book, which has a reputation for greatness commensurate with the film s I love the film deeply Now I love the book the same way Higgins, whose first published novel this was, has, as almost every critic has noted, a preternatural gift for startlingly real dialog Much of the book is written in dialog None of it is precious or self consciously re [...]

  • Lean and mean, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is what you get when you take all the glamour out of the crime world and are left with a bunch of guys just trying to make their rent and buy color TVs, guys getting into arguments with their girlfriends, guys trying to stay out of prison No one trusts anyone else, but that still doesn t meant they re distrusting the right people It s a grimy, defeatist, working class and middle management kind of world structurally tragic, but with the catharsis surgica [...]

  • This life s hard, but it s harder if you re stupid Hard boiled detectives, low lighting, and cigar smoke are what come to mind for many when they hear noir In my view, noir doesn t require them though What defines noir for me is tragedy But not in the traditional Greek Tragedy sense where our character falls from great heights, with potentially a really nice soliloquy before their fall No, in noir we still have the fall but it s typically a fall from a curb Perhaps into the open trunk of a car O [...]

  • George V Higgins published The Friends of Eddie Coyle in 1970 after writing 14 novels over 17 years, which never made it off the slush pile They say with enough talent and enough effort a writer will finally make it, but how many great novels written by talented writers who worked hard never saw a printing press Talent plus work is no guarantee that a writer will succeed it happens just some times, not all the time You never hear about the ones who don t make it.I don t know how it happened with [...]

  • Well, I ve read this before and liked it, but re reading it now after having also re read a bunch of other crime noir books published before and after this one, it seems overrated, certainly not one of the four or five best crime novels ever written Lehane, in is introduction to the 40th anniversary edition raves about the dialog, which is 80 percent of the book Leaving aside the quantity of it and how that works narratively, I d say it s great dialog if you like reading wiretap transcripts, whi [...]

  • 4 10Please Note This review is purely reflective of my enjoyment of the audiobook and not that of the overall story I feel bad for the low rating but I hated listening to this so felt it was the only appropriate rating I could give it If this was the first ever audiobook I d listened to then I could quite comfortably say that it would put me off the idea of listening to books instead of reading them The narrator was woeful, I can t imagine how the producers of this were comfortable with distribu [...]

  • Excellent book containing 95% dialog Mob, guns and MOPARS I think that was one of my favorite things in this book visualizing that 4000 Road Runner hauling machine guns and grocery sacks full of sizzling hot pistols in her trunk Should have been read in one setting as it is a short book that moves along at a real good pace but a guy has to sleep work sometimes.

  • A gritty, realistic crime novel that shows there is no honor among thieves It has great dialogue that makes you feel like you re eavesdropping on real people This book was made into the 1973 film of the same name, starring Robert Mitchum Worth reading.

  • This was a good one like 4.5 stars.The plot revolves around a series of bank robberies where the bank manager s family is held hostage Eddie Coyle supplies guns for the gang doing the robberies and is wavering over whether to shop either the gang or other customers of his gun supplier to the cops in order to plea bargain for a case that he is up for sentence on.The book is unusual in that most of it is very realistic dialogue that makes it a quick and easy read There are also a couple of unexpe [...]

  • Published in 1970, The Friends of Eddie Coyle took the crime novel to a sad, unglamorous place During the course of its story, a weary old gunrunner departs the scene and a young pup making the same mistakes neatly takes his place in the unbroken continuance of the criminal order.George V Higgins Boston in the late 60s crawls with repeat offenders on various levels of a hierarchical termite ridden totem pole people who ve served time for offending, people who are going legit but still have their [...]

  • Writer, eater, traveler, Antony Bourdain has called this the single greatest crime novel written in the English language That is quite a statement and after reading this, I can definitely see why he would say that While I m not 100% sure I would anoint it the greatest of all time, it is certainly in the running When you read the book, you immediately think of all the classic gangster movies from the past 30 years The sharp suits, the gold chains, jump suits, cars and of course guns This book had [...]

  • It s obvious why this is considered such a classic But it could have easily been overlooked When an author makes it look this easy, so fluid, and written with so much confidence, it can often be overlooked for its deceptive simplicity And to top it off, this was Higgins first novel.I read the book ten years ago before I started writing novels, so it was interesting to return to it with a writer s eye I was amazed that the story is told almost entirely through dialogue Not just a little bit, but [...]

  • A classic crime novel about a small time hood, Eddie Coyle, who is doing all he can to avoid jail time The intricate web Eddie weaves is captured by the author almost purely through dialogue between the various characters The effect is of being a fly on the wall to all sorts of exciting nefarious deeds Highly recommend if you enjoy a good crime novel.

  • There s no chance reading Higgins and not feeling his shadow on Tarantino s films His talky crime story is a fast paced roulette of dialogue, where words meet action and then some corpses emerge You can read in two lunchtimes.

  • If you ve ever wanted to read a Tarantino movie, watch a Higgins novel Side note the novel will take up less of your time.

  • Looking at this website, or my reviews on , you d be correct in thinking The Friends of Eddie Coyle isn t something I d normally read In fact my wife is to blame responsible.She grew up in South Boston, so we were curious about an episode of Anthony Bourdain s noreseravations Travel Channel show No Reservations that took place in Boston The episode focused on the tougher, rougher side of Boston, and Bourdain talked about his obsession The Friends of Eddie Coyle My wife, being a fan of crime nove [...]

  • Small time hustler Eddie Fingers Coyle does not want to serve time in prison for a crime committed in New Hampshire trucking illegal liquor for the mob And he s willing to rat on whatever other low life crooks he can find to get out of jail time However, there s plenty of chess piece movements in Massachusetts that he isn t aware of and that ultimately leads him into trouble Dialogue is the strength of this particular book in fact, Higgins managed to move the plot forward almost entirely through [...]

  • This is considered a crime classic and rightfully so To a certain extent, this is part of the contemporary literature canon also I wouldn t be ashamed at all to discuss THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE at a literature convention for it shows many aspects worth talking about and it s a novel as endearing in its strengths as it is in its flaws While I can t say this dialogue heavy approach worked wonders for me, it truly is a testament to how potent you can make your dialogue if you put your shoulder in [...]

  • Excellent crime novel Follows El Leonard s rule of writing, which is to say, Write it, read it, and then cross out all the parts you didn t feel like reading OK, that s not the exact quote, but I don t feel like looking it up So what you re left with when you do that in most cases is the dialogue Who doesn t love reading dialogue I asked Nobody, Everyone replied.See If anything, Higgins uses this rule too much, and I actually found myself wanting to hear some prose about what certain characters [...]

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