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“Robert Goddard’s elegant prose and intelligence…place him in the company of such masters of historical suspense as John Fowles and Daphne du Maurier.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“When it comes to duplicity and intrigue, Goddard is second to none. He is the master of manipulation.”
“The suspense mounts to a fine crescendo. A superior example of Goddard’s velvet-cloaked menace.”
“Goddard is a master of the sly double and triple cross.”
“Goddard is clever and riveting.”
"Satisfyingly complex... finishes in a rollercoaster of twists."
"Absorbing and intriguing."
— Evening Standard
"One of Britain's finest thriller writers."
There's an elegant arc to Goddard's fluid style, which gracefully orchestrates the story over its broad time span and through the ambiguous testimony of its complex characters. -- New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In G-Strings and Sympathy, Katherine Frank takes an important first step in investigating, reporting on, and beginning to truly understand one segment of these sex-paid consumers. . . .[S]he offers complex, multi-layered, sometimes paradoxical, explanations of what is at work, emotionally and culturally, for these men. . . . Frank's writing style invitingly combines academic and analytical rigor with an easy accessibility that is unusual in academically oriented work. . . . [F]our delightful fictional 'interludes'-well-written, enlightening short stories related to stripping provide yet an additional, refreshingly alternative perspective all their own. G-Strings and Sympathy offers a unique, intelligent, sympathetic, politically-aware look behind the curtain of secrecy and shame that shrouds the thriving culture of strip (and lap dancing) clubs across the nation. If you've ever wondered who the other guys are when you're at one of the clubs, or wondered why your guy might enjoy going there, a cruise through its pages is an enjoyable way to find out.
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Katherine Frank is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the College of the Atlantic.