Men will like this- and women, too. Once again the author of Executive Suite has used as his characters the types of men in...



Men will like this- and women, too. Once again the author of Executive Suite has used as his characters the types of men in big business and small with whom we are familiar. The situations are recognizable ones:- Grant Austin, who has built his own business from small beginnings to a sound Industrial plastic plant, is bored and unwilling to take a long term gamble --ready, he thinks, for retirement from the burdens and responsibility of a one- man responsibility; Will Atherson, banker, whose interests encompass many activities, is his confidante- up to a point, and suggests he can find a buyer; Gil Clark of Corporation Associates, youngish, ambitious, but not yet on top of his potentialities, also has an interest in the disposal of Suggolk Moulding; and Cash McCall, big time operator, who buys and sells businesses behind the scenes, turns out to be the prospect both Gil and Atherson have in mind. The deal goes through incredibly fast; McCall meets Austin's price; the wheels begin to turn. But the snag comes in the human equation, and no one is wholly free from obligations, commitments, secret aspirations. But it is the petty element of jealousy that really upsets the applecart, when Maude Kennard, assistant manager-and fancying herself in the driver's seat- of the hotel where McCall, a bachelor, lives, decides to mix business and personal achievement, only to find that McCall has already a vested interest in Grant Austin's daughter. So Maude interferes, and the house of cards begins to tumble. Just how romance proves the strongest card, and Cash McCall proves himself a bigger man than his opponents and associates know him to be brings the story to full fruition. McCall, giant size modern hero, is a figure out of fairy tales, but Hawley makes him live, and wishful thinking makes one believe in him. At times one senses the machinery of contrived situations, but all in all, the story and its people carry the sense of authenticity, the recognizable handling of today's situations in business. This is definitely for the Marquand market of such books as Sincerely, Wayde without the bite, and for that of Hawley's own Executive Suite. Used in part in Life magazine, Cash McCall has already roused interest.

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 1955


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Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1955