The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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Eddie Coyle is a small-time gun dealer with a big-time problem: who to sell out to avoid going to prison. While mob bosses, cops, hoods, gunmen, thieves, and executioners give Eddie plenty of choices, he has few options. Any decision could cost him his life.
Publisher: New York : Picador ; Godalming : Melia [distributor], 2010
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 031242969X (pbk.)
9780312429690 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC HIGGINS
Characteristics: x, 182 p. ; 21 cm

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Higgins, like Leonard, is known for his fast-paced crime and realistic dialog with lots of shop talk. The Friends of Eddie Coyle was his first novel. Elmore Leonard himself was a fan, calling it "the best crime novel ever written."


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"Between the second and third periods Coyle had difficulty following the conversation between Dillon and his wife's nephew..they had a drink in the tavern on the concourse of the Boston Garden, to let the traffic thin out..Dillon had trouble walking when they got outside. and Coyle had more trouble..Dillon sat behind the driver. He groped around and found a twenty-two magnum Armini revolver, fully loaded. he picked it up and put it in his lap. when the Ford was alone on the road, Dillon brought the revolver up and held it an inch behind Coyle's head, the muzzle pointing at the base of the skull behind the left ear. Dillon drew the hammer back. The first shot went in nicely. Dillon continued firing, double action. The revolver clicked on a spent round at last. Coyle lay thrust up against the frame between the doors of the Ford. The speedometer read eighty-five. 'slowdown, you stupid shit,' Dillon said. 'you want to get arrested or something?'"

reader8k8 Jun 09, 2015

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