The Friends of Eddie Coyle Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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Plot & Themes

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    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   Boston

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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