Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: career and peak and more questions to Jerry Healy

From: Jeremiah Healy (
Date: 20 Nov 2001


        As to George V. Higgins, he was a difficult man to know, so I was never privy to any of his own views on his writing prior to his death. I think he was, to some extent, a victim of circumstance: His first book, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, was such a hit, especially given the movie, that he had a hard time not so much topping it as coming up with another kind of crime novel that would measure up to it. I enjoyed the "lawyer" books he wrote (these were pre-PRESUMED INNOCENT, and I don't recall anyone using the expression "legal thriller" back then), but Higgins seemed to get carried away by his spiraling dialogues to the detriment of the story he was trying to tell. And, unlike Elmore Leonard, I don't think Higgins had quite the same talent level in telling his story THROUGH dialogue.



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