The Judgment of Deke Hunter by George V. Higgins lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Little, Brown & Company, 1976, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: In his most ambitious novel yet, the Boss of Bullet-Lettres turns from the setting of his early books the underworld of punk criminals to an equally acrid microcosm: low-level law enforcement.
Deke Hunter is a Massachusetts State Police plainclothesman who, as much as the men he pursues, is being ground in the mills of justice. Thirty-one years old, once a minor-league baseball player, Hunter now has a ten-year marriage to a shrew, three kids, a manipulative father-in-law, a shady paramour, a collection of dashed hopes, and a bank robbery case that keeps twisting out of control. When he is not trying to put behind bars the four men who relieved the Danvers National Bank of $40,000, Hunter is talking out his soured career with his colleagues, resurrecting the bitter, hilarious anecdotes that flavour their work. These uncannily accurate vignettes include such classic George V. Higgins sketches as a gang of gypsies with a driveway-sealant racket; a thief who, when discovered hiding in a closet, bites a cops arm; and the Assistant DA who shaves his wifes fur coat.
By means of an amazing drama in dialogue, Higgins recreates several marriages, a complex criminal trial, and a great number of characters on both sides of the law. Out of their talk tough, dirty, shrewd, telling he wrings an unforgettable composite portrait of the hard work, the bumbling, and the pure luck that sometimes, surprisingly, produce justice.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the bottom corner of the upper panel, that panel having a light scuff. Top edge of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Gray Spine Strip with Black boards with Black titling to the Spine.
276 pages. 8½” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Fiction Author: H category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…