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William Deverell

350 pages
Ecw Press

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).

Author Bio
William Deverell practised law for 15 years before taking up writing full-time. Of his time as a lawyer, he says, “Those were soul-destroying years. You end up playing the game. Truth doesn’t matter. Winning does.” Currently, he splits his time between Pender Island and Costa Rica, where he lives during our winter.