Killing Them Softly (Paperback)

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Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the mob. When a high-stakes card game is heisted by unknown hoodlums, Cogan is called in to “handle” the problem. Moving expertly and ruthlessly among a variety of criminal hacks, hangers-on, and bigger-time crooks—a classic cast of misfits animated by Higgins’s hilarious, cracklingly authentic dialogue—Cogan gets to the root of the problem and, with five consecutive shots from a Smith & Wesson thirty-eight Police Special, restores order to his corner of the underworld.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“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 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307950796
ISBN-10: 0307950794
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard