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Martin F. Nolan

Author George V. Higgins’s linguistic loot

In the Dec. 3 New Yorker, movie critic Anthony Lane asks, “Why haven’t more movies stolen from George V. Higgins? He died in 1999, but his work remains a trove, begging to be raided for linguistic loot.”

In two dozen novels about life in New England, from high to low, mostly low, the unique prose of George Vincent Higgins transformed and elevated the mystery-thriller genre. In 1972, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” made a large and loud impact. “The best crime novel ever written,” Elmore Leonard said, “makes ‘The Maltese Falcon’ read like Nancy Drew.”

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