By Susan Howatch
NARRATIVE. . .Formidable personalities embroil themselves in ruthless strength struggles that might make a company raider blush."
--The Washington publish publication World
It is 1965, and Charles Ashworth has attained the plum place of bishop of Starbridge, an honor that retains him in a heady whirl of job that might exhaust the main professional company government. With the precious aid of his minions and his appealing, unsinkable spouse, Ashworth stands opposed to the amorality and decadence of the age--"Anti-Sex Ashworth." He slays his competitors through being a difficult, effective, convinced churchman, the torments of his prior lengthy considering lifeless and buried.
And then the unforeseen, the unthinkable, strikes.
Suddenly Ashworth reveals himself staring into the chasm of the entire lies hes been telling himself for years: approximately his marriage, his young ones, even his perspectives at the Church. And as he suspects his previous nemesis and dean, Neville Aysgarth, of ingesting an excessive amount of, of monetary chicanery, of--God forbid--having an affair, Ashworth discovers to his horror that he's tempted to devote the very acts that he has so publicly
denounced. . . .
"ENTHRALLING. . .Rich, dense, virtually indecently entertaining."
--San Jose Mercury News
"POWERFUL. . .MIRACULOUS."
--Booklist (starred review)
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