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updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 01/08/1998 12:00AM

George V. Higgins, crime novelist, Saturday, at 59. Higgins began his career as a prosecutor, then penned a string of novels, including "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," "Bomber's Law," "Defending Billy Ryan" and "The Agent."

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