Cogan's Trade

  • by George V. Higgins
  • Narrated by Jeff Woodman
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Coogan’s Trade is the basis for the upcoming movie Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt.
Cogan's Trade is the top-notch crime novel rated by the The New Yorker as the "best" from "the Balzac of the Boston underworld". Crackling dialogue, mordant humor, and unremitting tension drive the suspenseful stakes of the game higher in Boston's precarious underworld of small-time mobsters, crooked lawyers, and political gofers as George V. Higgins, the writer who boiled crime fiction harder, tracks Jackie Cogan's career in a gangland version of law and order. For Cogan is an enforcer; and when the Mob's rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his trade: murder.
In the gritty, tough-talking pages of Higgins' 1974 national best-seller, Cogan is called in when a high-stakes card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman's efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people's weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence.

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Riveting from start to finish

I discovered George V Higgins through the film Killing Them Softly, an adaptation of this excellent book, Cogan's Trade. If you are looking for drama, action, explosions and inspired policing this book is not for you. Higgins' plots unravel slowly, step by step, with few twists or surprises, as they move towards an inevitable conclusion.



His talent is for dialogue, marvellous rambling dialogue that reflects the way people really talk to one another. Sitting in a car waiting to do terrible things, lowlives, hitmen, small-time crooks and gangsters talk about their problems, their lives, their wives and girlfriends, the things which they enjoy and which frustrate or annoy them, the rules which govern their lives and which trap them in the world they occupy.



Their conversations are often hilarious but they are always fascinating. Through them we come to understand something of what makes the characters tick, despite their lives of murder, crime or, sometimes, law enforcement. Higgins developed his authentic insights into this world through his work as a lawyer and from listening to hours of wire taps and other material.



aIt's a world where crimes are committed by real and believable people for money, for revenge, or because that is what they do, refreshingly free of unrealistic feats of action or happy endings. and best of all, his output was larger and varied, so there's enough for many months of listening.
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-05-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios