Alfred A. Knopf, January 1972. Cloth. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #237081
In dustjacket with edgewear and darkened margins. Not price clipped. Original price of $5.95 on flap. Blue cloth covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Lettering is beginning to fade. Also gold spiderweb design stamped into front board. Small 3/4-inch diameter sticker from previous bookseller is affixed to front pastedown. Lime green topstain. Sound binding. No markings to internal text. This is the first U.S. hardcover edition of The Friends of Eddie Coyle, the first published novel of George V. Higgins. Higgins was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, when he published this perfect, taut, crime novel. A novel that was a favorite of Elmore Leonard. Likewise it is the favorite of Deputy U.S. Marshal, Raylan Givens, among Leonard's best character creations. On the television show, Justified based upon Leonard's Raylan Givens stories, our 21st century old west Marshall is seen reading The Friends of Eddie Coyle, anytime he is seen reading, seldom as that might be over the course six seasons and 78 episodes.