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Scandalous Risks

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Like three of Susan Howatch’s previous novels (Glittering Images, Glamorous Powers, Ultimate Prizes), Scandalous Risks is steeped in Church of England theology. Set in the contemporary cathedral town of Starbridge, a thinly disguised version of Salisbury, Risks heats up the religious material by combining it with the passionate story of a young woman’s involvement with a married church official. A familiar combination to be sure, but one for which there seems to be an inexhaustible appetite. B