Author(s): Susan Howatch
After A Question of Integrity and The High Flyer, Susan Howatch's exploration of power, love and healing in the modern world resumes with The Heartbreaker, another richly rewarding and utterly compelling novel set in the city of London. In this adrenaline-charged square mile deep in the recession of the 1990s, 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 sex and sleaze, but he's young and handsome and he's making a lot of money. Carta Graham wants nothing more that 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 lives in.