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George V. Higgins - Author

About the Author

George V. Higgins was assistant DA in Boston before becoming a defense attorney and then a full-time writer. Described as ‘the Balzac of Boston’ and ‘the poet of Boston sleaze’ he wrote over thirty books, including a handful of lowlife masterpieces constructed almost entirely of pitch-perfect dialogue. He died in 1999.

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Outlaws

Outlaws

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

'A hell of a story from a hell of a storyteller' Daily Mail 1970, Boston, and a daring attack on an armoured transport delivering money to a bank, catches Massachusetts law enforcement napping. While the police are still trying to figure out where this new and coldly efficient gang sprang from, more dazzling heists follow - each one meticulously planned and ruthlessly executed. It soon becomes clear these are no ordinary criminals, but as one of the cops assigned to the case figures, 'longhairs that got bored with protesting the war and branched out.' Faced with a tight-knit cell of urban revolutionaries led by a charismatic intellectual with no compunction about killing for the cause, the authorities seem powerless to stop them. Unless they step outside the law themselves...

The Patriot Game

The Patriot Game

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

'He can write dialogue so authentic it spits' LIFE Federal Agent Pete Riordan has two problems, and both of them could end with murder. Convicted killer Mikey-mike Magro has never made a secret of the fact that if he ever gets out of jail, he's going to go after the man he thinks put him there, Jerry 'Digger' Doherty. And now it seems some very influential people are trying to get Magro pardoned and out on the street. Riordan figures Bishop Paul Doherty, an old friend who also happens to be the Digger's brother, might put him on the right track - and he might just be able to help him with his second problem too: word is that a man is over from the old country intending to buy arms for the IRA. No one knows his name, or even what he looks like, but Riordan needs to find him fast - or his two problems could come together like a lighted fuse and a stick of gelignite.

At End of Day

At End of Day

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

'No one ever did it better' NEW YORK TIMES Arthur McKeach and Nick Cistero have been behind most of the loan-sharking, extortion, hijacking, illegal gambling, union corruption and drug-dealing in Greater Boston for almost four decades - and every cop in the Boston Police Department knows it.So what's kept them on the streets for so long? What the cops don't know is that McKeach and Cistero have a sweet deal going with the Boston office of the FBI: the bureau looks the other way when they're doing business, and even gives them a heads-up when the local or state cops start poking around - and all McKeach and Cistero have to do is rat out the Italian mob from Boston's North End. It's a deal that has worked for four decades, but now there's a new agent in town, fresh from a desk job in Washington, ready to take over the Organized Crime Unit. Is it the end of an era in the Boston underworld, or are McKeach and Cistero about to find out just how far corruption can go?

The Rat on Fire

The Rat on Fire

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2013

'Higgins...has arranged the conventions of the crime novel into something new: oblique, bleak and often graveyard funny' THE SUNDAY TIMES When the tenants of Jerry Fein's dilapidated buildings refuse to pay the rent on account of the rats, Jerry drafts in arsonist Leo Proctor to take care of the problem. After all, the place is insured and the fire marshall's back is turned, so what could go wrong?

Trust

Trust

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2012

The characters truly speak for themselves in George V. Higgins' chilling tour de force about deceit, blackmail and the importance of paying one's dues. Ultimate recidivist Earl Beale has learnt little from his early release from jail and narrow escape from being drafted, seemingly nothing can cure him of his criminal ways. Obsessed by money, and with a keen eye for scheming, he's the kind of car salesman no one can trust. When suddenly some unfinished business from his past catches up with him, it's dubitable whether he's going to successfully extricate himself from this one. A witty yet stinging tale of the dangers of putting money and self-interest above everything else, Trust is about a man with no scruples.

Pariot GAme

Pariot GAme

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2012

Fast-talking, hard-living politicians, priests, smugglers and thieves play the game of the Boston streets in George V. Higgins' The Patriot Game. Federal agent Pete Riordan is as tough as they come; he's six-foot-four with a bad knee and a mean temper, but his commitment to his job is beyond exemplary. When he is called upon to find the man delivering arms to the I.R.A. he takes to with gusto. Little did he know it'd be such a guessing game; bar proprietor Digger Doherty is rumored to have leads, and convicted killer Mikey-Magro serving time in Walpole certainly knows more than he lets on. But no one is coming forward and time is running out, and why is Mikey-Magro being released from jail prematurely anyway? Teeming with unlikely characters and fiery dialogue that propel the plot to break-neck speed, The Patriot Game is nothing short of a George V. Higgins masterpiece.

Outlaws

Outlaws

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2012

Gripping and entertaining, George V. Higgins delivers a compelling and uncomfortably realistic account of the way society and the law really function. It's been a decade since the turbulent 60s and policeman John Richards still has to deal with a handful of leftover student radicals who continue to terrorize the Boston streets. In an effort to convict them once and for all, he liaises with ambitious lawyer Terry Gleason. Matters culminate one crisp Sunday morning when the students decide to rob the Friary, a pub in downtown Boston well-established as a site of drug-trafficking. Seven civilians are left dead in what comes to be called the Friary massacre. The trial proves nightmarish and unpredictable, not unlike the decade it took Richards and Gleason to apprehend the culprits in the first place. In a heart-stopping rendition of cops and robbers, Outlaws proves that in the Boston demimonde nothing is as it seems.

Bomber's Law

Bomber's Law

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2012

A winding tale of suspicion and intrigue, George V. Higgins skillfully recounts the story of elusive Short Joey Mossi. When detective sergeant Harry Dell'Appa went into enforced exile in the Berkshires to put an end to an ill-fated office romance, he didn't expect to be called back to Boston so soon. But desperate timesso the saying goes, and head detective Brian Dennison is keen for Short Joey Mossi, a suspected mob exterminator, to be arrested once and for all. Dell'Appa is called in to assist detective Bob Brennan, an old rival of his, who despite knowing all there is to know about Mossi, has never apprehended him. The plot thickens and Dell'Appa learns time and time again of the primacy of Bomber's Law: they always ';do it for the money'. In Bomber's Law, Higgins operates on a captivating policy of ';partial disclosure', leaving the reader to piece together the plot, morsel by morsel.

At End of Day

At End of Day

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2012

In his final novel George V. Higgins provides us with yet another searing and enthralling dissection of the Boston underworld. Arthur McKeach and Nick Cistaro are notorious, especially to the Boston police department. Their reputations precede them as orchestrators of extortion, theft, fraud, bribery, assault and even murder. But for thirty two years, both have managed to elude the authorities. A profitable ';arrangement' with the FBI, negotiated some thirty years previously, has kept them comfortably unindicted and free to monopolize Boston's crime scene for all too long. In this thrilling, fast-paced George V. Higgins classic, the intricate channels of crime and American law enforcement turn out to be inextricably and precariously linked. Inspired by a true story, At End of Day frames a vivid and timelessly authentic narrative that has implications far beyond its pages.

Defending Billy Ryan

Defending Billy Ryan

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2012

A thrilling account of the ins and outs of the Suffolk County Superior Court, this novel is vintage George V. Higgins. The third installment in the Jerry Kennedy series finds the Boston lawyer defending his toughest client yet, Billy Ryan. But it's a few years on and battered Boston lawyers don't look so hot under strong white light. Seemingly not the man he was, Jerry has to dig deep to come out on top in discrediting the prosecution. He looks to the likes of Bad-eye Mulvey, Cadillac Teddy and Carlo (a heavy-hitter) for assistance. Will the drama that ensues reveal that Billy Ryan has cut one shady deal too many? Jerry Kennedy leaves no source unprobed in Defending Billy Ryan, a work of stylish, racing prose.

Kennedy for the Defense

Kennedy for the Defense

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2012

A masterwork of crime and black comedy, George V. Higgins is in his element as he spell-bindingly recounts lawyer Jerry Kennedy's more fragrant cases.Keen to take some time off, Jerry Kennedy plans a short holiday en famille at Green Harbor, his eclectic clients don't get the memo however. His drive-by clientele, the car thieves, pimps, drug dealers and boatyard mechanics are diverse in all respects but one, persistence. Matters come to a head when a midnight intruder breaks into Kennedy's home, knife drawn and determination blaring in his eyes. In deciphering the imposter's intentions, Jerry's qualities of honesty, responsibility and downright hard work are seriously put to the test. Brimming with a bevy of bimbos, bent cops and bad actors, Kennedy for the Defense shows us the Boston crooks-and-cops world through an attorney's eyes.

Penance for Jerry Kennedy

Penance for Jerry Kennedy

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2012

A fast-paced, witty and authentic novel that transports the reader into the exhilarating world of crime and chicanery that defines the life of Boston lawyer, Jerry Kennedy. Heretofore successful lawyer Jerry Kennedy, our classy yet sleazy protagonist, finds himself grasping at straws when his world begins to crumble around him. His accountant jailed, his wife giving him the silent treatment, his mentor and friend, Frank McDonald, curiously unresponsive, Jerry grapples with public slander dealt him by an unjust judge as well as the prospect of being investigated by the IRS. Cut off from his usual sources of support, Jerry finds himself in the grasp of tough, opaque, and demanding attorney, Bertram Magazu. At a loss for what to expect, Jerry Kennedy senses it's definitely trouble time. With crackling dialogue and biting humor, Penance for Jerry Kennedy paints a picture of the Boston underworld in which risk is the name of the game.

Sandra Nichols Found Dead

Sandra Nichols Found Dead

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2010

A dead body discovered in a rural Massachusetts wetland turns out to belong to a woman with a past: Sandra Nichols, missing for seven months. Wrongful death? Murder one? We'll leave that to Jerry Kennedy. Judge Henry Lawler has his own reasons for appointing classmate Jerry Kennedy to try the case of the Estate of Sandra Nichols v. Peter Wade, on behalf of Sandra's three orphaned children. An old hand at criminal cases, Jerry makes an exception for Judge Henry to try this civil case; after all, what are friends for if not to impose on a guy? In as much as Sandra was murdered several months before her body was found, alibis are fairly easy to come by-even for Peter Wade, her ex, who is the most likely suspect. Since the evidence is too elusive to establish Wade's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, wrongful death is the easier verdict; Jerry just needs to make Wade's guilt 51% certain.

Defending Billy Ryan

Defending Billy Ryan

Author: George V. Higgins Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2010

Jerry Kennedy has been aptly described by his ex-wife as "e;the classiest sleazy criminal lawyer in Boston."e; Now, Jerry must defend the man that no one else will: Billy Ryan. The longtime commissioner of public works has cut one shady deal too many. Even Jerry harbors no illusions about the man's corruption. "e;If they didn't have Billy for selling the apple to the serpent who peddled it to Eve,"e; he figured, "e;it was because the serpent refused to testify against him. Professional courtesy and all that."e; Jerry also knows that the government can always get a public official if it really wants to-particularly when a plea-bargaining crooked state legislator named Jack Bonaventre is in good voice. The drama that follows in and around the courthouse is vintage Higgins, suffused with the stylish prose and sparkling dialogue for which he is known.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2010

Eddie Coyle is a small-time punk with a big-time problem - who to sell out to avoid being sent up again. Eddie works for Jimmy Scalisi, supplying him with guns for a couple of bank jobs. But a cop named Foley is onto Eddie, and he's leaning on him to finger Scalisi, a gang leader with a lot to hide. These and others make up the bunch of hoods, gunmen, thieves, and executioners who are wheeling, dealing, chasing, and stealing in the underworld of Eddie Coyle.

Mandeville Talent

Mandeville Talent

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/1991

Twenty-three years after an unsolved murder in Massachusetts, a young attorney finds himself following cold leads in his efforts to get to the truth of the matter, returning to the scene of a crime first set in THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE published almost two decades ago.

Victories

Victories

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/03/1991

A novel of political skulduggery and dubious deals in which a former star baseball player is manoeuvred into running for high office. Follows TRUST.

Wonderful Years, Wonderful Years

Wonderful Years, Wonderful Years

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/1988

When a likeable but crooked Massachusetts contractor sends his sedated schizophrenic wife to a derelict hotel to muffle her, his chauffeur prudently clobbers a vicious drunk in the car park. In this web of intrigue and insanity, a host of disparate characters hide their own dark secrets.

Sins of the Fathers

Sins of the Fathers

Author: George V. Higgins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/1988

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