During the mid-Eighties Higgins was one of the big names in the American crime writing scene, but his stars faded a little bit since then. Although he is a writer who is notoriously difficult to read, Higgins still produces a book a year for his cult audience; nonetheless, you feel that his readership is at a standstill because he is really too literary for the contemporary crime market. A Boston lawyer and professor of English, Higgins knows all too well about the low-lifes and legal eagles about whom he writes, but his books are 95 per cent dialogue - which does make for very heavy going. A little narrative would not go amiss every now and then. Worth checking out are Wonderful Years and Trust. Higgins is an important writer he writes what he wants and refuses to bow to market trends.
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