Outlaws
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Outlaws

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by George V. Higgins
     
 

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Gripping and entertaining, George V. Higgins delivers a compelling and uncomfortably realistic account of the way society and the law really function.
 
It’s been a decade since the turbulent 60s and policeman John Richards still has to deal with a handful of leftover student radicals who continue to terrorize the Boston streets. In an…  See more details below

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Gripping and entertaining, George V. Higgins delivers a compelling and uncomfortably realistic account of the way society and the law really function.
 
It’s been a decade since the turbulent 60s and policeman John Richards still has to deal with a handful of leftover student radicals who continue to terrorize the Boston streets. In an effort to convict them once and for all, he liaises with ambitious lawyer Terry Gleason. Matters culminate one crisp Sunday morning when the students decide to rob the Friary, a pub in downtown Boston well-established as a site of drug-trafficking. Seven civilians are left dead in what comes to be called the Friary massacre. The trial proves nightmarish and unpredictable, not unlike the decade it took Richards and Gleason to apprehend the culprits in the first place.
 
In a heart-stopping rendition of cops and robbers, Outlaws proves that in the Boston demimonde nothing is as it seems.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of The Friends of Eddie Coyle and Imposters brings his considerable storytelling skills and his customary perfect ear for dialogue to this complex novel of right and wrong, principle and pragmatism in the daily practice of modern American law and politics. In 1978, detective Lt. John Richards and Assistant Attorney General Terrence Gleason get a grand jury indictment against four radical activists from the '60s, for robbery and multiple murder in a Boston bar. Included is James Walker, the son of a New York society matron, an ardent supporter of a young people's amateur orchestra, whose tours have provided cover for American intelligence activities since WW II. The trial, beating at the heart of Higgins's story, results in convictions for all except Sam Tibbetts, the ringleader, who gets off on temporary insanity. Seven years later, after Tibbetts has been let out of his state institution, Walker's sister contacts Gleason, who had been her lover for a while after the trial and is now a criminal lawyer in private practice, to act on getting her brother released. The narrative ranges from the '40s to the '80s, revealing connections in the lives of his large cast of characters and setting up the older generation's movements, supposedly within the system, against the younger's, supposedly outside it. While deftly arranging right against left, ends against means, and illuminating the play of private passion in public practice, above all he tells a powerful, page-turner of a story. (September 14)
Library Journal
Another triumph from Higgins. In a story set in and around Boston from 1970 to the present, Outlaws explores the ambiguity of contemporary lawbreakers and high-level corruption. It examines international violence through the reactions of the many characters to Sam Tibbettsa drug-crazed, violent, and immoral student of the 1970s. And it also scrutinizes the juggling of professional achievement with personal disruption through prosecutor Terry Gleason's pursuit and prosecution of Tibbetts. Higgins ( The Friends of Eddie Coyle ), a Boston criminal lawyer, writes with authority and compelling authenticityhis court scenes are especially vivid. His extensive and skilled use of realistic, earthy dialogue reveals living, breathing characters and pushes the complicated plot along at a breathless pace. Jean B. Palmer, Andover, Mass.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345804662
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
212,682
File size:
2 MB

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