The Rat on Fire

By George V. Higgins
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307947246, 183pp.)

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

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A riveting, blistering hot 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, and something has got to give.
 
Full of 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 the Author
George V. Higgins (1939-1999) was a lawyer, journalist, teacher, and the author of 29 books, including "Bomber's Law", "Trust ", and" Kennedy for the Defense". His seminal crime novel "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" was the basis for the 1973 Robert Mitchum film of the same name.
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