- Publisher: Avon (Oct 1980)
- ISBN-10: 0380763982
- ISBN-13: 978-0380763986
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
While this book might not have the fastest pace, it does a splendid job placing the reader in 1880's New York City. And even with the story being a little bit predictable, the characters are constructed with enough substance to appreciate the events that they either cause or feel the effects of. For instance, we have great characters like corrupt lawyer Duncan Phair, strict James Stallworth, his compassionate granddaughter Helen, and Lena Shanks who may not think twice about commiting a crime yet she has a strong sense of family.
Before I submit my review, I have to point out a few things. This may be a very difficult item to find. It was written by Michael McDowell, a horror writer. But GILDED NEEDLES is more of a historical revenge novel than it is a horror novel. When this book was first released in 1980 (I believe, don't quote me), it was marketed as a horror novel with the blood dripping from the golden finger needles and a positive blurb from Stephen King.
Also check out TOPLIN by Michael McDowell. This book is competely different from, but equally as good (and equally as hard to find) as GILDED NEEDLES.
I recommend all the McDowell books (the ones I have read at least): The Amulet, Blackwater series, Cold Moon Over Babylon, The Elementals
I have just re-read Gilded Needles for the first time in almost 15 years and could not put it down. I also just re-read The Elementals for the first time in over 15 years. I finished both in the space of a weekend.
I wish the publishers would re-print all of his books. I know they are in great demand.
Michael McDowell wrote Southern Gothic at its best!
This is the story of the clash of two families and how one slowly and strategically destroys the other. Shocking, to say the least, and a marvel of plotting. An unforgettable book.