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Two friends, Ambrose Merrion, a clerk of the court of Massachusetts, and Danny Hilliard, a rising politician, agree that politics is the way to help society take care of its own. With Merrion shrewdly managing his friend's campaigns, they make an excellent team, managing to revitalize the local economy and to protect the unfortunate snared in the criminal justice system. But trouble starts brewing when Merrion unexpectedly inherits ill-gotten gains from a corrupt predecessor, enabling him to indulge with Danny in the finer luxuries. To Merrion's dismay, Hilliard begins a streak of mischief that quickly flares into an adultery scandal. What was good clean wickedness in 1960 had become a crime in 1996. Now, a righteous, vengeful prosecutor believes he has found an exquisitely ingenious way to put Hilliard in jail, by forcing Merrion to incriminate him.
©1997 George V. Higgins; (P)1997 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Higgins' large and devoted following will find no unpleasant surprises here. The story unfolds in a nonlinear way; it does so almost entirely through superb dialogue that reveals character in a far more complex and interesting way than does an omniscient narrator....As always, his characters are so real they spare us the task of willingly suspending disbelief." (The New York Times Book Review) "Higgins...has produced his most ambitious, and infuriating, book in years." (Kirkus)
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By Alexander on 09-10-06

Higgins is Great!

Another wonderful, discursive tale by perhaps the most underrated American novelist of the 20th century. Yes, there really is a plot. It just takes a little concentration to follow it through the thickets of dialogue that were Higgins's specialty.

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By Not Getting Any Younger on 08-06-06

Too many words, too little story

Author seems to think that endlessly tedious descriptive passages can substitute for a plot. There is no discernible storyline, just a rambling and pointless narrative. If you are interested in this book, do yourself a favor and at least get the abridged version.

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By Joyce on 10-02-06

The listener as eavesdropper

This book is very easy on the ear - I enjoyed it even more than I did on the page. The dialogue is so natural and captivating, and is so well read, that I was sorry when the almost 20 hours in the company of the characters came to an end. I recommend it highly.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

By Chris on 04-17-08

Hard work

But i go to 'work' to work hard, so this was not the pleasure i had hoped for. I can only describe this as an long rambling monologue that at no point grabed me or even interested me. After two years as a member this is the first time i have posted a negative review and as i said 'sorry!' but it's because it was so BAD.

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