Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published June 25th, 2015 by Valancourt Books (first published 1980)
By now, I've become a big fan of Michael McDowell's work, and am making my way through all his books. I've yet to find a book of his that I dislike, and Gilded Needles is no exception. Sure, it's not as good as some of the others, but I still enjoyed reading it.
Throughout the story, we meet two different families; one of great reputation and wealth and the other a family of crime and scheming. Naturally, these two families clash at some point, and the build-up to these events is lengthy, to say the least. I didn't mind reading their background information, but it did become a tad cumbersome in places, especially since some of this info seemed nothing more than a filler. Considering that this story does take place in my favorite era, I will of course give it some bonus points.
Once we got to the nitty-gritty of the family feud, the story picked up and a lot of murderous things happened all at once. In the end, it was worth sticking with the story in the slower, earlier parts.
Overall, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.