Needles

By William Deverell

Needles
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A prosecutor fights a drug trafficker — and his own heroin addiction — in this thriller from a Dashiell Hammett Prize– and Arthur Ellis Award–winning author

“Deverell has a narrative style so lean that scenes and characters seem to explode on the page. He makes the ... Read more


Overview

 

A prosecutor fights a drug trafficker — and his own heroin addiction — in this thriller from a Dashiell Hammett Prize– and Arthur Ellis Award–winning author

“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

“Spell-binding, first-rate. ” — Buffalo News

Lawyer Foster Cobb’s objective is to bring down the mysterious Dr. Au, responsible for the drugs that flow through Vancouver. But under the pressure of a disintegrating career and marriage, Cobb himself has taken up a long-abandoned heroin habit.

With a racing plot and dramatic twists, Needles plunges into a seedy 1970s underworld of crooked cops, Asian drug lords, and tense courtroom scenes. A winner of the Seal First Novel Award, it’s a riveting tale of crime and justice with “surprises like shattering glass,” from an author who has sold over a million copies (Philadelphia Bulletin).

 

William Deverell

 

After careers as a journalist, criminal lawyer, and political activist, William Deverell turned to fiction and on his first effort won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award. Since then, he has earned multiple prizes for his 20 published novels, including the Dashiell Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, two Crime Writers of Canada Awards (formerly the Arthur Ellis Award)for best Canadian novel, and two runners-up for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He holds two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees. He lives in Pender Island, B.C.

 

Reviews

 

“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

“Spell-binding, first-rate. A brilliant craftsman. ” — Buffalo News

 

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