05/11/2010 04:47 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Boston's Criminal Underworld: 'The Friends Of Eddie Coyle' Gets Lavish Praise Years After First Publication

When an overlooked novel gets a sudden spate of attention, its admirers get in line to lavish praise. And so it is with Picador's fortieth-anniversary edition of "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," George V. Higgins's first, and best, novel about Boston's grim criminal underworld.

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