Re: RARA-AVIS: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

From: James Michael Rogers (
Date: 08 Jan 2010

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    If I made a top ten list of hardboiled novels, The Friends Of Eddie Coyle would not be at the bottom. It's almost perfect.....funny, bitter, suspenseful. It hits every note and hits them perfectly. None of Higgins's other novels that I have read are in the in the same class. Irony, real irony, is a pretty hard thing to handle. A lot of tough guy writers try to hit an ironic note and completely flub it. In this one, Higgins is just on time and in tune in every paragraph.

    The story was so good even Hollywood couldn't screw it up. As a matter of fact the movie, while not a patch on the book, was really very fine.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: jacquesdebierue
      Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 09:36
      Subject: RARA-AVIS: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

      Yesterday I reread this one, it had been years and years. Terrific novel... is there another one that even resembles it?

      We should discuss Higgins more often. He was a great writer. Not the easiest reading, but high-quality.




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