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'The best crime novel ever written' - Elmore Leonard
When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he's looking at three years in the pen - that is, unless he sells out one of his big-fish clients to the DA. But which of the many hoods, gunmen and executioners he calls his friends should he send up river?Set on the mean streets of Boston and told almost entirely in crackling dialogue by a vivid cast of cops and lowlifes, The Friends of Eddie Coyle set a standard for authentically gritty crime fiction that has never been bettered.
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"Rings true as a police siren."--"The Boston Globe ""The best crime novel ever written--makes "The Maltese Falcon" read like Nancy Drew."--"Elmore Leonard""Chilling . . . The most penetrating glimpse yet into what seems the real world of crime. . . . Positively reeking with authenticity."--"The New York Times Book Review ""Truly a bravura performance. Higgins is a master of colorful street language heard around Boston. Throughout the novel, without quaintness or self-parody, he is able to sustain long arias of criminal shoptalk. . . . A sophisticated thriller."--"Time""First-rate, absolutely convincing, enormously readable."--"The Christian Science Monitor ""Simultaneously a brilliant thriller and a cold and convincing business prospectus of felony--a profession that traps both sides, gunmen and policemen, into ceaseless compulsory degardations."--"The New Yorker""The most powerful and frightening crime novel that I have read this year. It will be remembered long after the year is over, as marking the debut of a fine original talent."--Ross Macdonald "The first thing to know about George V. Higgins' The Friends of Eddie Coyle is that it directly entered the crime-fiction canon upon its 1970 publication. The second thing to know is that it holds up as both a writer's-writer thriller and as popular pulp, with Dennis Lehane introducing Picador's new 40th-anniversary reissue of the novel by heralding it as 'the game-changing crime novel of the last fifty years'--a moderate claim compared to that of Elmore Leonard, who hails it as the best crime novel period." --Troy Patterson, SLATE "Weighed and calibrated like the barrel of a pistol. The fact that he's writing about crooks is crucial in some ways, incidental in others. The real subjects here are life's futility and its bleak humor... Elmore Leonard learned from this novel, likewise David Mamet and of course Quentin Tarantino, who saw the narrative virtue in marrying viBook Description:
'The best crime novel ever written' - Elmore Leonard
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Book Description Secker & Warburg (1972)., 1972. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 3291994603
Book Description Secker & Warburg (1972)., 1972. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. dj: near fine in mylar. 1" closed tear top edge f cover. slight rubs to top of spine & upper points. book: fine to as new. Seller Inventory # 31888
Book Description Condition: Good. Good DUST JACKET BIT TORN ON THE TOP Offered by the charity Langdon (supporting men & women with disabilities) - Dispatched within 1 working day. Seller Inventory # BOX 709/RICHARD45/9/03/20
Book Description Secker & Warburg, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Black cover has lightly pushed in spine caps otherwise pristine. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and pristine. Book has never been cracked open. Dust jacket has light shelf wear but clean, bright, and very good+. DJ flap is price clipped. DJ protected by a brand new, clear, acid-free mylar cover. We add mylar covers to all books with DJs to preserve the DJs and add luster to magnify their beauty. (If pictured, shown without the mylar cover for an accurate representation of dust jacket. ) ; 183 pages. Seller Inventory # 2006
Book Description Secker & Warburg, London, 1972. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Publisher: Secker & Warburg, 1972 (London). First Edition, Second Printing. Hardcover is in near-fine condition (spots on the text block and bumped on the top and bottom of the spine and on the bottom corners of the front and back covers). Dust jacket is in very good condition (multiple tears at the creases, spine and edges, yellowed on the underneath side of the jacket, stained on the inside flaps of the front and back covers, rubbed on the back cover and edge wear). Brodart protected. 183 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 9574
Book Description Secker & Warburg, 1972. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt spine titles. Edges slightly toned but contents clear and bright. Dust jacket is a bit shelf worn with a tear to rear panel and a couple of other small chips otherwise intact. First UK edition. Uncommon. Seller Inventory # 96856