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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Wages of Sin
  • Series Number:4
  • Pages:193
  • eBook ISBN:9780473252113

The Wages of Sin

by Jean Turvey

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Overview
‘What are the wages of sin, Diana?’ ‘Sixty dollars for oral and sex, Roger! I chanted. ….I really didn’t think that I’d ever see Roger again after making fun of him like that but I was wrong. ‘Religious Roger’ came back fortnightly for the rest of my time at Fleure’s, trying to make me repent, and not once did he stop me from taking my clothes off! ‘Religious Roger’ was just one of Angela Blake’s many clients during the years she worked as a prostitute. She encountered all sorts of people – both customers and co-workers – and each showed her aspects of human nature that she’d never seen before. She learned about their needs and dreams, their hang-ups and vulnerabilities. Her observations on the changing styles of massage parlours provide a previously unexplored side of New Zealand’s recent history. This is a fascinating, highly readable insight into a world most people know very little about. The author tells it how it is, but with humour and warmth. Jean Turvey’s best selling book; THE WAGES OF SIN.
Description
Jean Turvey’s best selling novel ‘The Wages of Sin.’ Initially published in 1999, this is the first in the series of four novels set in the New Zealand sex industry in the 1980’s, when soliciting was illegal and women had to work under extremely difficult and dangerous conditions. A time when parlour bosses hit on their workers for free sex, charged them huge amounts of money for trumped-up silly offences and fired them for no reason. The vice squad raided regularly and women were arrested and heavily fined. No woman’s dream career is to work in the sex industry, yet thousands of them take up the profession every year and each one has a story behind her decision. Jean Turvey’s The Wages of Sin tells the story of Angela Blake, a solo mother so deeply in debt she can’t see any way out of it. As a last resort she starts work in an Auckland massage establishment where she finds by the end of her first shift her prayers have been answered – until she gets stung by the vice squad that is. Angela takes us into five massage parlours and eventually a brothel. ‘What are the wages of sin, Diana?’ ‘Sixty dollars for oral and sex, Roger’ I chanted after him. ….I really didn’t think that I’d ever see Roger again after making fun of him like that, but I was wrong. ‘Religious Roger’ came back fortnightly for the rest of my time at Fleure’s, trying to make me repent, and not once did he stop me from taking my clothes off! Religious Roger was just one of Angela Blake’s clients during the years she worked as a prostitute. She encountered all sorts of people – both customers and co-workers – and each showed her aspects of human nature that she’d never seen before. She learned about their needs and dreams, their hang-ups and vulnerabilities. Her observations on the changing styles of massage parlours provide a previously unexplored side of New Zealand’s recent history. This is a fascinating, highly readable insight into a world most people know very little about. The author tells it how it is, but with humour and warmth.
About the author
Jean Turvey, a mother of three daughters, was born in England in 1943. Living near the beach in sunny New Zealand, Jean shares her time with her partner and her dogs, enjoying the quiet of country living which she says is “the perfect formula for writing number one best sellers.” Jean has always had a knack for writing and began to be serious about after she started working in the sex industry and realized she had stories to tell. Her first book was published in 1999, sold out in six weeks and is still sort after by avid readers. With “The Wages of Sin” this will be Jean’s first step into the world of e-books with many more on the horizon.