Book List in Order: 29 titles


  • Fast-talking, hard-living politicians, priests, smugglers and thieves play the game of the Boston streets in George V. Higgins’ "The Patriot Game." Federal agent Pete Riordan is as tough as they come; he’s six-foot-four with a bad knee and...



  • Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the mob. When a high-stakes card game is heisted by unknown hoodlums, Cogan is called in to “handle” the problem. Moving expertly and ruthlessly among a variety of criminal hacks, hangers-on, and bigger-time crooks...



  • The Easiest Thing in the World is a riveting collection of stories, film treatments, plays, and two never-before-published novellas -- the titular work and Slowly Now the Dancer. This is the prose we've come to expect from Higgins: tough tales of cor...



  • Every cop knows that Arthur McKeach and Nick Cistaro are the most prolific and ruthless practitioners of extortion, fraud, theft, bribery, assault, and murder in the Northeast. What they don't know is how to stop these Michelangelos of crime, who for...



  • One of fiction’s keenest observers rips open the world of pro-sports agenting in this brisk tale of murder and mystery. Alexander Drouhin built one of the nation’s premier sports agencies through gritty negotiation and savvy marketing, but when h...



  • The day of judgment has come for Daniel Hilliard. Even though a flamboyant series of marital infidelities drove him out of the state senate in 1984--he's been cooling his heels ever since as president of Hampton Pond Community College--prosecutors th...



  • While blithely trespassing in a Massachusetts wetland, a plant thief stumbles across a corpse: Sandra Nichols, who had been missing for months, was found bludgeoned to death. Time had provided the suspects - especially Peter Wade, Sandra's super-rich...



  • Aboard a deluxe ocean liner, a middle-aged couple with financial and marital problems are pigeonholed by a charming confidence man with a mission, and the three exchange revealing stories about their lives. 25,000 first printing. $20,000 first printi...



  • Bob Brennan is an old-school Boston cop who knows a lot about Short Joey Mossi, a mob hit man who's neatly taken care of at least eleven competitors. In fact, as Harry Dell'Appa, a hotshot detective recalled from banishment in the sticks, discovers, ...







  • A brilliant novel that continues the exploits of Jerry Kennedy, known as the classiest sleazy criminal lawyer in Boston. Needing a case badly, he takes on the biggest of his career--one that nobody else wants--defending the once powerful commissioner...



  • Joe Corey, a promising young Manhattan attorney, gets drawn into an unsolved murder that happened 23 years ago. It's against his better judgment, but this is no ordinary crime. The victim is his wife's grandfather, Jim Mandeville, once president of a...



  • A former baseball player, who has been dispirited by his past mistakes, finds his life rejuvenated after he reluctantly agrees to run against a radical hippie in the volatile Vermont state elections of 1968...



  • A novel of corruption, deceit, and dishonor, Trust opens in small-town America in the long hot summer of 1967. There, psychopathic ex-basketball star Earl Beale - now a used-car salesman after being jailed for corruption - is indulging in a little pr...




  • He was a big-league Bay State contractor who hired ex-cons, operated on the raw edge of the law, and knew a secret that could blow the lid off a long-hidden political scandal. Or so Justice Department prosecutors thought when they began building a ca...



  • 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 Tibbetts a drug...





  • Mark Baldwin, a wealthy newspaper owner, hires Connie Gates to pretend to be an investigative reporter in order to get close to Joe Logan, and determine what information he will reveal at his trial about Baldwin...



  • Ex-newspaperman Hank Cavanaugh, right-hand PR man to Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Sam Barry, methodically sounding out and projecting his boss's presidential possibilities, subordinates his personal life to the privacies, panderings, and poli...







  • A fast-paced, witty, and authentic novel that transports the reader into the exhilarating world of crime and chicanery that defines the life of Boston lawyer, Jerry Kennedy. Heretofore successful lawyer Jerry Kennedy, our classy yet sleazy protagonis...




  • For Pete Riordan the assignment is both simple and formidable: find the IRA leader who''s running around the US trying to be guns. (Nobody knows his name and nobody knows what he looks like.) There is one possible lead: two Massachusetts politicians ...



  • A riveting, blistering hot novel about the shady side of the law and the business side of the Boston underworld by the one and only George V. Higgins. Jerry Fein is a small-time lawyer, occasional booking agent, and full-time slumlord. But he’s no...



  • Attempting to spend a quiet family vacation at the shore at Green Harbor, Jerry Kennedy, the classiest sleazy-criminal lawyer in Boston, finds his peace disrupted by a midnight intruder with murder on his mind....




  • Deke Hunter is a cop He has a nagging wife, a smug boss, a bad-news mistress, and an open-and-shut case that won't stay closed. Teddy Donnelly is a robber He has $40,000 from the Danvers National Bank -- and he's caught in the crooked teeth of j...



  • Cogan's Trade is the top-notch crime novel rated by 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 prec...



  • A riveting George V. Higgins masterpiece about Jerry Doherty and his trip to Vegas that puts him eighteen grand in the hole. Jerry "Digger" Doherty is an ex-con and proprietor of a workingman's Boston bar, who supplements his income with the occasi...



  • Eddie works for Jimmy Scalsi, supplying guns for bank jobs from gun-dealing Jackie. A cop named Foley is leaning on Eddie to finger Scalsi while Dillon, a full-time bartender and a part-time contract killer, is pretending to Eddie's friend. These a...






Complete Series List in Order

Jerry Kennedy

1) The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Jan-1972)
2) The Digger's Game (1973)
3) Cogan's Trade (1974)
4) The Judgment of Deke Hunter (1976)
5) A Year or So With Hector (1979)
6) Kennedy for the Defense (Feb-1980)
7) The Rat on Fire (Feb-1981)
8) The Patriot Game (Mar-1982)
9) A Choice of Enemies (Dec-1983)
10) Penance for Jerry Kennedy (Feb-1985)
11) Impostors (Apr-1986)
12) Outlaws (1987)
13) The Sins of Their Father (1988)
14) Wonderful Years, Wonderful Years (1988)
15) Trust (Oct-1989)
16) Victories (Nov-1990)
17) The Mandeville Talent (Sep-1991)
18) Defending Billy Ryan (1992)
19) Bomber's Law (Nov-1993)
20) Swan Boats at Four (May-1995)
21) Sandra Nichols Found Dead (May-1996)
22) The Agent (Jan-1999)