Fringe Benefits by Rock Anthony
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
What we actually have here, despite the front and back cover jacket copy, is a story about the fight for control of the Polar Bear Corporation (they sell household freezers). Steve Turko, our bored and not terribly ambitious (or bright) protagonist, is actually more interested in getting laid than he is taking over the company, yet he still manages to land in the middle of all the office politics. He's a door-to-door salesman and the main pawn majority shareholder Adele Crandon is pushing around the chessboard. The problem here is that Rock Anthony (despite having a good "house name") is not in the same writing league as John D. MacDonald or Harry Whittington. The executives are dolts and the dialog is moronic. Sure, this is mindless sleaze, but it is all just too unrealistic, including the numerous sex scenes, to be worth the effort. Popular with collectors, however, because of the Paul Radar cover art.
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