Books: All in the Family

THE DIGGER'S GAME by GEORGE V. HIGGINS 214 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

The best American crime novelist now at work is George V. Higgins, who is also an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, a state rich in attorneys and in crime. Higgins' superiority seemed certain enough after The Friends of Eddie Coyle, his first novel, appeared two years ago. The Digger's Game, another wry look at Boston Irish lowlife, is his second try, and it is an even better malefiction than Eddie Coyle. No one else is turning out anything remotely like it in the concrete...

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