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‘Flawless of its kind – never a false word, phrase, rhythm, gesture.’ – The New Republic

‘Every American crime writer of the past 30 years owes a debt to George V Higgins. Higgins is the daddy. Read him and rejoice’ Val McDermid

Jerry ‘Digger’ Doherty is an ex-con and proprietor of a workingman’s Boston bar, who supplements his income with the occasional ‘odd job’, like stealing live checks or picking up hot goods. His brother’s a priest, his wife’s a nag, and he has a deadly appetite for martinis and gambling.

On a trip to Vegas, the Digger finds himself in the sights of a loan shark known as ‘The Greek’. Luckily – if you call it luck – the Digger has been let in on a little job that can turn his gambling debt into a profit, if only he can pull it off without getting himself killed.

Reviews

Higgins deserves to stand in the company of Chandler and Hammett as one of the true innovators in crime fiction
Scott Turow
Every American crime writer of the past 30 years owes a debt to George V Higgins. Higgins is the daddy. Read him and rejoice
Val McDermid
Flawless of its kind - never a false word, phrase, rhythm, gesture
NEW REPUBLIC