The Rat on Fire by George V. Higgins
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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A riveting, blistering 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 nobody’s fool. So when the tenants of his dilapidated buildings refuse to pay rent because of rats, Jerry knows just the man to help him—Leo Proctor, a professional arsonist, who can make a fire marshal look the other way for a little cash. But the heat is on over at the police station as well, and a couple of cops are suddenly feeling pressure from their superiors to produce tangible results, and something has got to give.
Full of showboating politicians, hardnosed cops, and lawyers a little too familiar with both sides of the law, The Rat on Fire is another Higgins masterpiece and an unflinching portrait of the Boston crime world.  

About George V. Higgins

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George V. Higgins was a lawyer, journalist, teacher, and the author of 29 books, including "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (0-8050-6598-9), Trust (0-8050-0955-8), and "Kennedy for the Defense" (0-8050-4182-6).
Published March 6, 2012 by Vintage. 194 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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