|Plot Summary of The Friends of Eddie Coyle|
Though Higgins would write more than two dozen novels, his first -- published in 1972 and made into a movie with Robert Mitchum the following year -- remains his most famous. Eddie Coyle is a fairly small-time hood who moves guns for people in the Boston area. Big man Jimmy Scalisi has a standing order for hardware to pull a series of bank jobs, dealer Jackie Brown feeds the guns to Eddie, police officer Foley keeps trying to get Eddie to give up Scalisi, and Dillon is a bartender (and part-time contract killer) who listens to Eddie's beefs over drinks. In other words, one should put quotation marks around the "friends" of the title. This is a gritty, startling slice o' criminal life, Boston style -- most of it related strictly through dialogue.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Friends of Eddie Coyle|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- criminal's rise in a crime organization
- criminals killing each other
- Get treasure/money from another criminal
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
- thief/con artist
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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