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The Heartbreaker (2003)

de Susan Howatch

Séries: St. Benet's Trilogy (Book 3)

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The City of London in the 1990s is a dark, adrenaline-charged square mile deep in recession, where sex is just another commodity and keeping one's integrity is a daily struggle. Gavin Blake is riding high. He's up to his neck in money, sex and sleaze, but he's young, and handsome and he's making a lot of money. Carta Graham wants nothing more than to forget her life as a high-flying lawyer, so she's buried herself in a fund-raising project for the City Church of St Benet's. When she meets Gavin, she thinks the only thing they share is a temporary sexual attraction, but she's wrong. They are about to change each other's lives forever. For Gavin comes to see that in order to survive he must escape from the harrowing world he inhabits. His fight for freedom will be hard and fierce, but Carta, searching for her own freedom from the past, is with him every step of the way...… (mais)
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Not the kind of book I'd normally read, but Susan Howatch is an excellent author. This is the third in her St Benet's trilogy, and features a male prostitute called Gavin.

It's suspenseful, sleazy (though never TOO overtly explicit), horrific in places, yet somehow gripping and exciting despite my general dislike of the genre. A low-key Christian theme runs through part of the book. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is part three in a trilogy set around a Christian healing centre.

Gavin tells himself that's he's happy with his life as a high-class leisure worker (prostitute) but when he meets City lawyer Carta his life starts to change.

It's a story about Christian redemption and for that reason I didn't entirely get on with it.

*Spoilers*

The first and second parts of the book have some exciting moments, as Gavin realises that his situation is a trap that puts him physically at risk, not just from the sex, and he lays his plans to escape. The main plot (for me) reached its climax at the end of part two when Gavin finds out the extent of the danger he is in and makes a risky escape. There were some very tense moments which were all resolved at the end of this section.

Part three was entirely centred around Gavin's emotional and spiritual redemption following his escape. As I don't share the author's views on human psychology or spirituality, this fell rather flat for me. Personally, I would have cut the book by a third. ( )
  fairyhedgehog | Dec 14, 2013 |
I am a big fan of this Anglican Church-psychodrama series, but this one kind of gives me the ick.
I don't like how she writes her gay characters. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
Sequel to "High Flyer" ( )
  picardyrose | Mar 8, 2008 |
Gay prostitute finds God.

If only it were that simple, and thank God Howatch leaves most of the complications of a faith journey in this book. yes he does find God, kind of, but he also finds life, and in some pretty surprising places. ( )
  Arctic-Stranger | Mar 13, 2007 |
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Susan Howatch is an expert on the ministry of healing, both its intellectual justification and emotional impact; she has acquired a deep understanding of prostitution in contemporary London, and describes its sinister underworld in a detail which is at once frightening and credible.
adicionado por KayCliff | editarThe Telegraph, Jessica Mann (Mar 23, 2003)
 
As usual, plot improbabilities and long sections of spiritual musing are redeemed by Howatch's strongly drawn characters: if Carta can come across as brittle and prudish, Gavin's self-absorbed cant is continually entertaining, and supporting characters—such as the smoothly evil Asherton and tetchy but big-hearted ex-prostitute Susanne—round out the cast.
 

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The City of London in the 1990s is a dark, adrenaline-charged square mile deep in recession, where sex is just another commodity and keeping one's integrity is a daily struggle. Gavin Blake is riding high. He's up to his neck in money, sex and sleaze, but he's young, and handsome and he's making a lot of money. Carta Graham wants nothing more than to forget her life as a high-flying lawyer, so she's buried herself in a fund-raising project for the City Church of St Benet's. When she meets Gavin, she thinks the only thing they share is a temporary sexual attraction, but she's wrong. They are about to change each other's lives forever. For Gavin comes to see that in order to survive he must escape from the harrowing world he inhabits. His fight for freedom will be hard and fierce, but Carta, searching for her own freedom from the past, is with him every step of the way...

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