Houdini's Last Handcuffs


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Vine Leaves Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.58 inches | 0.54 pounds

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About the Author

Charlie Young has been active as a physician/eye surgeon, writer, artist, vice president of the music company Denton and Haskins, creator of the radio podcast series Unheard of Jazz and most recently writer of the historical fiction Houdini's Last Handcuffs which he co-authored with his sister Cheryl Young.
Houdini's Last Handcuffs is Cheryl Young's debut novel co-authored with her brother. Raised and educated in Manhattan, she earned an MBA from Columbia University. In addition to a career in finance Cheryl is also a board member of the Finch College Alumni Foundation Trust, which focuses on awarding grants to tri-state area community college women continuing on for a four-year degree. Cheryl divides time between the cosmopolitan life of Miami and rural life in Essex Connecticut.


"This is a literary gut punch. It is the great Houdini book the world has been waiting for. A perfect escape." John Kelly, Detroit Free Press

"A compelling historical novel with a strong cast of characters. Highly recommended!" The Wishing Shelf

"A lovingly crafted mix of fact and fantasy featuring famous faces from the 1958 New York magic scene, including Houdini himself! Part reminiscence and part high adventure, this is a tale that will make you believe." John Cox, Wild About Harry Blog

"A rewarding work of fervid and fertile imagination" Joseph Caldwell, author of In the Shadow of the Bridge

"There are few authors more qualified to craft a story about Houdini than the Youngs, who quite literally grew up amidst the lore and legends surrounding the world's most famous magician." Gabe Fajuri Founder of Potter and Potter Auctions, author of Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring

"Houdini's Last Handcuffs is that rare book one will be lucky to find where the reader can look back at a beloved performer, enjoy some childhood memories and nostalgia, join the characters on a journey leading to an unexpected battle and look a bit more deeply into one's own inquisitiveness about the afterlife, spirituality and the mind's power." Chris Cordani, host of Book Spectrum

"Brother and sister duo Charles and Cheryl Young have quite successfully created a mesmerizing novel that is at once a masterful blend of history, science, magic, philosophy, cryptography, and investigative mind stretching." Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

"The authors' real lives combined with the creative storyline make for a one-of-a-kind read, and I would highly recommend this book to fans of Houdini, historical fiction, and fantasy!" Flying Books Review

"A delightful piece of historical fiction, Houdini's Last Handcuffs brings the magician to life as a group of kids seek to protect Houdini's journal, in which the secrets of his magic are kept. Inspired by real-life people, places, and objects, Charles and Cheryl Young take the reader on an adventure through this magical world." Lauren Lee, writer