Bookends: Nov. 27, 1989

TRUST

by George V. Higgins

Henry Holt; 230 pages; $18.95

Earl Beale, a salesman at a Boston used-car lot, is a former college basketball player who did time in Leavenworth for his role in a point-shaving scandal. The fact that he is an ex-con has somehow been erased from official records. For this dispensation, Earl knows that he owes someone a favor, and when the call comes, it looks simple. All he has to do is steal a car in Rhode Island.

A slight problem with Trust, George V. Higgins' 20th book, is that Earl's task is simple. He pulls off...

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