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The Spirit of Want

THE SPIRIT OF WANT
by WILLIAM H. COLES

A young dynamic lawyer gives a ride to a surgeon colleague of her father. She has been drinking and crashes injuring the colleague and the wife of a judge is found dead near the crash but it is unclear if it is accident related. Still, a prosecutor envious of the lawyers success builds a case of manslaughter against her. With time, she becomes involved with the injured colleague and hastily marries him, many think to prevent him testifying about the accident and her drinking.

As she awaits her trial, she continues her law practice and she falls in love with a TV-star evangelist client. She follows when he takes his ministry to Africa leaving her husband and infant daughter. She is disbarred for sexual involvement with her evangelist client while leading his defense against sexual abuse crimes. In Africa she learns of the evangelists true nature of philandering, deceit,and greed, and escapes her virtual captivity to return home penniless to Atlanta where she is rejected by family and colleagues, prevented seeing her daughter now loved and cared for by her sister and mother. She finds a job in California as a legal consultant and is assigned to a congresswoman running for reelection. But she breaks ethical boundaries, the election is lost, and she is terminated. The evangelist begs her to return to him in his religious compound in North Georgia. She cannot resist his effect on her. She lives in the compound in humiliation as a consort humiliated and finds truth in multiple accusations of sexual child abuse against the evangelist. He is jailed and she returns to Atlanta to renew her life but with tragic consequences. Subplots based on a true story of medical misconduct with wrong-eye surgery and cover-up (her father) and the compassionate support given to her by her former husband and estranged sister.

The major theme of the novel stems from the axiom: lust without love dooms a romantic attachment and is supported by the contrast of the parallel stories of the two sisters in "love" relationships.



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