The Friends of Eddie Coyle
By George V. Higgins
Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Current Publisher: Picador
Fiction Finalists That Year:
- Brock Brower for The Late Great Creature
- Alan Friedman for Hermaphrodeity
- Barry Hannah for Geronimo Rex
- George V. Higgins for The Friends of Eddie Coyle
- R.M. Koster for The Prince
- Vladimir Nabokov for Transparent Things
- Ishmael Reed for Mumbo Jumbo
- Thomas Rogers for The Confessions of a Child of the Century
- Isaac Bashevis Singer for Enemies, A Love Story
- Eudora Welty for The Optimist's Daughter
Fiction Judges That Year: Evan Connell, Leslie A. Fielder, William Gass, Walker Percy, Jonathan Yardley
The Year in Literature:
- The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for literature.
More Information: In response to the use of the phrase “overnight success” in reference to his first book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Higgins wrote, “that was one hell of a damned long night, lasting seventeen years.”
The novel was made into a 1973 film of the same title directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.