The Brutal Heart

The Brutal Heart

Book - 2008
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The bestselling Gail Bowen returns with a gripping story of marriage, politics, sex, and murder.

With a general election just weeks away, Joanne Kilbourn is following the campaign of Ginny Monaghan, a woman who has her eyes set on the leadership of the federal Conservative Party and whose success depends, not so much on the election-day poll, but on the outcome of a custody battle she's fighting with her ex. Joanne thinks this is perfect material for a TV program she's putting together on women and party politics. Happy to be back in the political fray that used to be her life during her first marriage, Joanne is soon also glad of the distraction it provides. A local call girl has been murdered -- a woman whose regular clientele included several of Regina's most prominent lawyers, including -- until he met Joanne -- her own husband, Zach Shreve.

Her new marriage creaking under the strain of this revelation, Joanne throws herself into her project -- and into finding out why the dead woman had started to threaten her clients with blackmail, an investigation that leads to the truth -- and to death.

In The Brutal Heart , Bowen expertly mixes the ingredients of marriage, family, politics, and murder into a constantly surprising and compulsively readable story.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2008
ISBN: 9780771016882
Characteristics: 438 p


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Bowen is a fairly good author, however she has not developed much over the years and her protagonist, Joanne, gets into the same predictable dilemmas, buoyed up by predictable friends with a smattering of implied hot love life. It is all very politically correct and an ok quick read but none of the stories are memorable.

Feb 09, 2010

An enjoyable book with many good moments. Keeps you flipping pages to the end.

Dec 17, 2008

Amazing as usual

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