George V. Higgins was the author of more than twenty novels, including the bestsellers The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Cogan's Trade, The Rat on Fire, and The Digger's Game. He was a reporter for the Providence Journal and the Associated Press before obtaining a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1967. He was an assistant attorney general and then an assistant United States attorney in Boston from 1969 to 1973. He later taught Creative Writing at Boston University. He died in 1999.
"Higgins deserves to stand in the company of the likes of Chandler and Hammett as one of the true innovators in crime fiction." --Scott Turow
"Higgins can plot a whole book like one long chase scene. He can write dialogue so authentic it spits." --Life "The Balzac of the Boston underworld. ... Higgins is almost uniquely blessed with a gift for voices, each of them ... as distinctive as a fingerprint."--The New Yorker "One of the great crime writers of the twentieth century." --Kansas City Star "Higgins writes about the world of crime with an authenticity that is unmatched." --The Washington Post "A uniquely gifted writer . . . who does at least as well by the Hogarthian Boston he knows as Raymond Chandler once did for Southern California." --The New York Times "Superb. . . Higgins is a complete novelist. His work will be read when the work of competing writers has been forgotten."--Chicago Daily News "Brilliant. . . Higgins is a master stylist."--New York Post "George V. Higgins's mastery of the patois of the Boston criminal class is legendary." --San Jose Mercury News