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After a curious incident, Dr. Clare Burtonall finds herself contacting the underworld to learn about her husband and the truth about who he really is, only to discover that she is in too deep and fears that upon reentering the real world, she may never be the same again. Reprint.
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That rascal Lovejoy never could resist the ladies, so it's only natural that when Gash put the antiquer/swindler/raconteur aside after 19 adventures (The Possessions of a Lady, 1996, etc.), he'd turn to an even more devout worshipper of female charm. In the case of his new hero, an illicit escort calling himself Bonn, an ex-seminarian capable of transforming himself into every woman's fantasy, devotion is essential to professional success. But Dr. Clare Burtonall, the physician who wants to pay for Bonn's time, isn't looking for fantasy; she recognizes Bonn as a witness to a traffic fatality from which the victim's briefcase disappeared--a briefcase that a courier duly delivered that night to her husband Clifford. Was insurance agent Leonard Mostern's death nothing more than an unfortunate accident? What does Clifford have to do with it? What will Clare make of the knowledge that the efficient Bonn, who ``talk[s] like a fairground guess-your-weight machine,'' is rapidly amassing for her? And is it really true that her relationship with this suave gigolo has no room for fantasy after all? A smooth, sexy suspenser fortified by Gash's trademark bits of frantically dispensed inside information about prostitution, cardiology, and car bombs. The alternation between Clare's and Bonn's points of view produces an effervescent effect of Lovejoy and sparkling water. The promised series is cause for rejoicing. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
It can be hard to recall that this involving novel is the first in Gash's series with Dr. Claire Burtonall, for in this instance the character of Bonn, an ex-seminarian male prostitute, overshadows the physician. Claire witnesses a troubling traffic accident (and goes to help the victim). Her husband is acting strangely, and there seems to be a connection. Through a patient, Claire meets Bonn, a "goer": an employee of an escort service who is hired by women for pleasure. Claire decides that Bonn can help her investigate and in employing him for that purpose, she is drawn into a world heretofore unknown to her and to a man who is increasingly compelling. Narrator Paul Martin is able to shift effectively from Bonn's world of rougher elements to that of Claire's life of medicine and social standing. His characterization of Bonn fully evokes the gentle nature of this man living in a world where sex is a commodity, letting the listener understand how Bonn maintains his humanity through it all. The emotions involved in ruthlessness, murder, love, and passion are all brilliantly conveyed. Enthusiastically recommended for fiction collections. Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC
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