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The Digger's Game by George V. Higgins
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The Digger's Game (1973)

by George V. Higgins

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Higgins second novel (not counting the 14 or so unpublished ones he threw away) after THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE is also a fantastic, dialogue-driven story of a small-time hood, Digger Doherty, trying to earn enough money to pay back an $18,000 gambling debt incurred during an unwise trip to Las Vegas. Digger is only part of the story, however. There's also the shady operation that sets up the gambling trips, run by a shady mafioso, "The Greek", and a disbarred but clever lawyer. The interrelated stories play themselves out over the course of the book. It looks very similar at first to the story of the hard luck Eddie Coyle, but Higgins has more up his sleeve and the ending is not routine at all. Throughout the story, the frequently profane dialogue will have you laughing or perhaps trying not to throw up. I have only read three of Higgins' book so far, but they are all winners. Don't miss this one. ( )
  datrappert | Jan 4, 2015 |
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