58 in 2005, 32 in 2006, 46 in 2007, 54 in 2008, 27 in 2009, 73 in 2010, 61 in 2011
Friday, February 03, 2012
3. The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
The Friends of Eddie Coyle definitely lives up to its reputation as a classic. It's the story of a lower-echelon mafia guy juggling a mix of gun-running and informing while trying to navigate his way between the law and his colleagues in crime. It's told almost entirely in dialogue, though the crisp, intense bank robberies are narrated. It's the kind of book you should really try to read without a lot of breaks. Due to the dialogue and the lack of clear identification of some of the speakers at the beginning part of the book, the reader can get a bit lost (or at least this distracted reader). But once you start to grasp the overall form of the narrative, the story flows forward and you can't stop turning the pages. This is a dark, realistic and gripping read. Strongly recommended. I am looking forward to checking out the movie now.
1/3 American, 1/3 Canadian, 1/3 Montrealer, when I'm not working for the planet and living my lucky life, I hang out on the internet and write about culture and language in Montreal, books and movies. I also rant on a wide range of subjects and try to do that here so my wife doesn't have to be the only one to suffer.