The winner of the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award for 1979...
The unanimous and enthusiastic first choice of an international panel of judges for the Seal First Novel Award is a tense and thrilling courtroom drama, exposing some of the most brutal aspects of Vancouver's heroin trade.
Deverell's powerful novel centers on the harrowing confrontation between a brilliant prosecutor on the edge of pesonal disaster, and his quarry, Dr. Au, a man whose bizarre and bloody acts are the ultimate expression of evil. Here are the people connected with Vancouver's criminal world - the prostitutes, pushers, hit-men, and the undercover police. In pursuit of survival in a world pervaded by corruption, they are motivated by their own private obsessions, and find themselves linked in unusual and unexpected ways.
Imbued with the raw sensuality of the street, Needles is a fast-paced and exciting narrative, which carries the listener to a sudden and terrifying climax.
"Spellbinding, first rate...[a] brilliant craftsman..." (Buffalo News)
"Deverell has a narrative style so lean that scenes and characters seem to explode on the page. He makes the evil of his plot breathtaking and his surprises like shattering glass." (Philadelphia Bulletin)
"Needles is a crime masterpiece!... Needles in audio format is an auditory and literary treasure. I mark it as such for its masterful compilation of acerbic and witty narration, clean, quick and gripping storyline, and subtle yet enhancing sound effects such as gun shots and train whistles…Needles was, simply, fantastic…" (AudiobookMonthly.com)
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Brilliant interpretation of my novel
A gritty tale of 1970s Vancouver