Re: RARA-AVIS: The Rat On Fire - should I bother?

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 10 Nov 2005

Hi-- Well, I liked RoF. But Digger's Game is my favorite GVH. Ellroy's got a few things to say about GVH's style, though I'm unaware if they're online. BEst, Rob

--- ljfth1 <> wrote:

> This is my first post on here, hope it works. I've
> just re-read George
> V. Higgins The Friends of Eddie Coyle for the first
> time in over ten
> years, and it's even better than I'd remembered,
> pure genius. I've
> ordered Cogan's Trade, and will also get The
> Digger's Game in due
> course, but currently I'm halfway through The Rat On
> Fire, which was
> the only GVH novel of that period(ish) that I could
> find in London.
> I've heard it said that Higgins became a bit too
> enamoured of his,
> undeniably brilliant, proto-Mamet dialogue, but I
> wasn't expecting
> anything quite as unreadably dull as this. People
> seem to just drone on
> repetitively, to no real purpose, for page after
> page.
> I'm considering abandoning it. Should I stick it
> out? Will it get any
> better? Any recommendations on his other stuff? I
> read, and enjoyed,
> all the Jerry Kennedy books many years ago.

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