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 occasional 'odd job,' like stealing live checks and picking up hot goods. His brother s a priest, his wife s a nag, and he s got a deadly appetite for martinis and gambling. But when the Digger looses eighteen grand in borrowed money on a trip to Vegas, he quickly finds himself in the sights of mob loneshark 'the Greek,' who will have to make the Digger pay up one way or another.
Luckily - if you call it luck - the Digger has been let in on a little job that can turn his gambling debt into a profit, as long as he can pull it off without getting killed.
Digger is so real that the next time you order a drink from a bartender, you ll look at him hard, wondering what he does on his days off. - Los Angeles Times
Aspiring writers of any genre, not just legal suspense, would be wise to read lots of George Higgins. - John Grisham
Another bullseye for Higgins! - The New York Times
Higgins can plot a whole book like one long chase scene. He can write dialogue so authentic it spits. - Life