September 12, 1977 12:00 PM

by George V. Higgins

Boston lawyer Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle) made his literary mark chronicling the Hub’s criminal underworld. He sets his latest in the Brahmin world of State Street law firms and Nantucket summers. The tale—about mistaken identity, espionage, the legal profession, journalism and frayed marriages—is a pastiche of flashbacks within flashbacks and, as is Higgins’ style, the narrative is driven almost entirely by dialogue. However confusing, the plot is worth wading through for Higgins’ perfect and sardonic ear. (Little, Brown, $8.95)

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