The Digger's Game (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

By George V. Higgins

A riveting George V. Higgins masterpiece approximately Jerry Doherty and his journey to Vegas that places him eighteen grand within the hole.
Jerry "Digger" Doherty is an ex-con and owner of a workingman's Boston bar, who supplements his source of revenue with the occasional "odd job," like stealing reside tests or deciding on up scorching items. His brother's a clergyman, his wife's a nag, and  he has a deadly appetite for martinis and playing. On a visit to Vegas, the Digger finds himself within the points of interest of a mortgage shark known as “the Greek.” Luckily--if you name it luck--the Digger has been permit in on a bit activity that could turn his playing debt right into a revenue, if in simple terms he can pull it off with out getting himself killed.

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Now, opt for espresso. Get me blacks. Get him what he desires. Pay for it your self. Don’t speak about it not more. do just it, okay? ” Schabb checked out Richie. “Don’t examine me, Mill,” Torrey stated. “The guy attempted to inform you great, i attempted to inform you great, you don’t are looking to learn that means. Now you were given instructed the opposite direction. Get the fuck out of right here and get the fuckin’ espresso and do just it, very well? ” “I wager i'm the errand boy,” Schabb acknowledged, getting up. “No,” the Greek acknowledged, “you’re simply the fellow that’s great sufficient to move out and get espresso for everyone and so me and Richie the following could have a bit dialogue, simply among him and me. You had a bit extra event, none of this would’ve occurred. ” After the door closed, the Greek acknowledged, “Is he okay? ” “He’s a superb guy,” Torrey stated. “The factor approximately him, he’s excellent, you recognize? simply because he nonetheless, primarily he’s nonetheless a businessman, you recognize what I suggest? He nonetheless thinks like they do. He likes the pussy most likely a bit more’n the common married man oughta, and he’s type of a wise-ass, yet he nonetheless, he’s nonetheless a businessman. He attempted to line up the bar organization. ” “Hey,” the Greek stated, “that’d be whatever. ” “Wouldn’t it, although? ” Torrey acknowledged. “All them bastards with a license to thieve, getting screwed themselves for a transformation. ” “Wouldn’t be undesirable for dough, either,” the Greek stated. “Some of these men, you could rather make out on them. They acquired strong dough. The flashy ones within the knit matches and El Ds. Take them correct over the fuckin’ hurdles. they believe they comprehend fuckin’ every little thing. ” “He’d do it for nothing,” Torrey acknowledged. “Miller hates legal professionals. He thinks he should’ve beat that fraud factor. ” “Well, shit,” the Greek acknowledged. “I concept he acquired an S. S. out of it. ” “Sure,” Torrey stated. “Myself, i feel he made out attractive. A suspended and a superb and he hadda make restitution. So, one thousand the superb, thirty thou i believe it was once, they obtained him for, he instructed me himself, good, he didn’t really inform me yet i'll inform, you recognize? He obtained on the subject of seventy-five ahead of they nailed him. So, 40 okay revenue, he don’t pass the can, he’s nonetheless mad as hell. ‘I had the repair in,’ he says. ‘It was once within the bag. I provide, my legal professional tells me it’s 5 for him and ten for the prosecutor and whatever for the pass judgement on, it’s gonna be pushed aside. No facts or anything. So, I pay it over. Then, whammo, i am getting it correct among the eyes. I obtained screwed. ’ ” “So,” the Greek acknowledged, “big deal. He bought fucked. i will keep in mind that. yet nonetheless, he comes out of all of it correct. I clouted a vehicle while i used to be a child and that i performed 3 months up the Lyman tuition. the man received the auto again, too. I would’ve taken his deal. I wouldn’t care if anyone did blow smoke up my ass. ” “That’s what I inform him,” Torrey stated. “That’s what I’m announcing, he thinks like a businessman. He don’t understand, is all. All he is aware is he can’t get bonded not more and he don’t belief anyone that appears instantly. I let you know, Greek, we obtained ourselves a very good fats gaffer during this man. ” “It’s alright to speak about issues in entrance of him then,” the Greek stated.

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