George Higgins

Biography of George Higgins

George V. Higgins (November 13, 1939 – November 6, 1999) was an American author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and college professor. He is best known for his bestselling crime novels. His full name was George Vincent Higgins II, after an uncle living in Randolph, but he dropped the numeric (unofficially) in mid life. His books were all published as by George V. Higgins.

Higgins was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, grew up in the nearby town of Rockland, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College. He later received an MA degree from Stanford University in 1965, and a law degree from Boston College in 1967. He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Mulkerin Higgins (divorced 1979); second to Loretta Cubberley Higgins.

Higgins worked as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth, and a Assistant United States Attorney and a journalist and newspaper columnist before becoming a novelist. He wrote for the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald American, and the Wall Street Journal. He spent seven years in anti-organized-crime government positions, including Assistant U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. He entered the private practice of law in 1973, and was active for ten years. During those years he represented famous figures of the left: Eldridge Cleaver but also the right: G. Gordon Liddy. He was a professor at Boston College and Boston University.

He died of a heart attack a week before his 60th birthday at his home in Milton, Massachusetts.

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