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Needle Point [Paperback]

Jenny Roberts
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9 May 2000
Needle Point follows Cameron McGill's mission to uncover why her sister, who never touched drugs, was fished from a canal with needle marks all down her arm. Tearing through Amsterdam on her Harley-Davidson, Cam encounters radical squatters, evasive drug agencies and a particularly alluring policewoman. But it's hard to know who to trust in a quest that could claim her life as gruesomely as it took her sister's.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd (9 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873741421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873741429
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,392,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Roberts
You might say that I've led a chequered life.

When I was born, just towards the end of the Second World War (yes that long ago!), no-one could have predicted the changes that were to shape our lives in the last part of the 20th century. Equally no-one could have predicted the route my own life would take as we reached the Millenium

Disappointingly, I was born a boy but decided to make the best of it anyway. I had a quiet childhood, living above my parents fruit and flower shop and eating spoiled fruit. When I was twelve, we moved to a smallholding on the edge of a crumbling cliff, near the sea, where I spent many hours walking with my mother on the beautiful, windswept sands.

I left home at 20 and joined a big chain store in Harrogate, measuring men's inside legs and slicing bacon (though not at the same time). But eventually I realised that there had to be more to life than this and I married, began a small printing business and started a family - in that order. And over the next twenty years the business grew to employ 140 people and the children into two of the most wonderful people I know.

But throughout that time, the pleasure and fulfilment of my life was matched by the fear of the gender problems lurking around every corner ready to ambush me. So in 1980, driven by a fear of who I really might be, and the worry of upsetting the lives of those around me, I took up running. First marathons, then, within 5 years, ultra distance races of anything up to 140 miles in one go, and training up to 180 miles a week. My athletic 'career' and my flight from my problems culminated in the 154 mile Sparta to Athens race in 1992 (which I finished in 32 hours).

But, by this time, I'd had enough of running away and I'd had quite enough of pretending to be someone who I wasn't. I began to let go of the notion that 'these things happen to other people' and started to believe in myself. In 1996, everything began to become right and I underwent 'corrective' surgery finally assuming the life I'd always known was right.

I thought that was that. (Well you would wouldn't you?)

But there was more. Within the space of a year, I realised that I was not the heterosexual, stereotypical woman that I had taken myself for. It was a shock (a nice one) and, from the moment that I identified as lesbian, all the pieces fitted perfectly.

Within the short space of three years I wrote my first book Needle Point, opened Libertas! Women's Bookshop in York and fell in love with the woman who is now my life partner - my gorgeous Ann. (We tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony in 2006.)

I found the job of running a women's bookshop both exciting and fun and, with Ann, I also enjoyed organising the first four of the big Lesbian Arts Festivals in York which attract thousands of friendly lesbians to the city every year. It has been a privilege for me to be able to give something back to a women's community that has been so supportive of me. Don't believe the stereotypes - lesbians are warm and wonderful women.

Sadly Libertas is now no more but its memory lives on.

I really enjoyed writing these books. I loved giving people pleasure through storytelling and it is just great that they are now available again in e-book format.

More than anything though. I enjoy who I am. And I am who I want to be.

The destination has been worth the journey.

And the journey has been a homecoming.

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"A pacy, energetic thriller told in a crisp, direct style." -- Manda Scott

"An impressive debut, hugely believable characters and bright as a button prose." -- Alma Fritchley

From the Author

While on holiday in Amsterdam, I was walking along the canal side at 3am, I just loved the city and got this idea of a body in the canal. Up to that point I was going to write a crime thriller set in the Yorkshire Dale. Having broken two big rules - outing myself as a transsexual and a lesbian - the little rules don't matter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be rated among the top thriller list 18 Jan 2001
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I glanced at the first page of Needlepoint while on the phone waiting. . . and it took the poor person on the other end a great deal of effort to drag me back to the here-and-now; I had only intended a casual glance but as soon as my call was completed back I went to the book and finished it - and the fact that I did this despite being in the middle of packing to go to America for my first holiday in 25 years shows just what an attention-grabber the book is.
All this is the more amazing becasue it is Jenny Robert's first book - lets' have more, please and soon, Jenny - I read a great deal, and for a book to grab me in this way is unusual.
After that attention-grabbing start, the pace and plot picked up smoothly and easily, the background was excellent (and taught me a lot about a place that has always fascinated me -now I've GOT to go to Amsterdam!) and one of the things I really liked was that the sexy bits, while very sexy weren't overdone - in too many books these days I sigh and skip a few pages because I don't want to read yet another boring dose of something that is really only interesting in detail to the participants. Not so in 'Needlepoint'; the sex scenes were just enough to stir the imagination *VERY* nicely without producing any of that 'yawn' feeling. Also, the sex scenes weren't so heavily 'gay' that the book would be unreadable for a straight person. I feel that in today's more open society, the book would not be at all off-putting to the mainstream market. The other thing that really made the book for me was the good English - I am invariably put right off a book if I have to spend more time mentally correcting spelling grammar and syntax than reading the story.
Jenny - you've written a cracker and I am really looking forward to your next book. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,fast moving and well written 23 Feb 2001
Fantastic book,I couldn't put it down.The characters come to life and if you like Amsterdam,you'll love this.I really felt as if I was there.This is the author's first book and I shall be eagerly awaiting another.There is a little bit of love story in it-not very graphic but nice and romantic.Definitely 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful thriller set in Amsterdam 1 Mar 2012
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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Cameron McGill is mourning the death of her sister Carrie, an investigative journalist whose body was found in an Amsterdam canal two months ago. Cameron, a drugs counsellor in the city of York, cannot move on from this event (unsurprisingly) so her boss gives her a month off work. She decides to go to Amsterdam to find out what she can about what happened to Carrie.

Cameron is a tough character who has had a difficult childhood and a wild phase in her youth. Now she drives a Harley Davidson and only goes in for short-term relationships. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, Cameron stays at a bed-and-breakfast owned by the friendly Mariette, who tells her what she can of Carrie's last weeks. Cameron finds it hard to believe the autopsy results, which showed that her sister died of a drug overdose, and remembers identifying her body for the Dutch police, which through her grief caused Cameron some puzzlement. When she visits the policeman who was looking into Carrie's death, however, he tells Cameron the case is closed even though the drug in her system was not identified.

Cameron is even more determined to find out what her sister was doing, soon becoming aware of what was obvious to the reader, that Carrie was investigating some leads rather than being a drug addict herself. Cameron goes to a women's restaurant then a gay bar, following up with local drug counsellors, squatters and with people using the methadone "buses" to try to build up a picture of what Carrie was doing.

I enjoyed this book, including its vivid portrayal of Amsterdam and the Dutch scene, very much until the middle, then found it became rather predictable.
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