The Empire"" is a large corporation, and this story of a few man in its promotion department, who are perhaps more absorbed by it than in it forms a first novel aimed at the market of Executive Suite. Whether it will pay as big dividends is doubtful....Carlyle, worldly and worn at 48, finds himself completely obsessed by Stella, a beautiful slut, and suicides just as he is to be the new director of public relations. Somers, a quiet, steady type, loses his wife when he has to have her certified in an asylum after their baby dies, and he drinks himself out of a job and is beyond salvage. Harwood, an opportunist, plays it too smart too fast- and he is checked just in time. Martin Brill, who had not originally intended to spend his life with The Empire, overstays his young ideals and is caught as well by his love for April Tremaine, widowed by the war and unwilling to love again.... As you can see, there is not too much deskwork- this is largely the private lives of a few grey flannel-suited men in intimate detail. Sex is a chief commodity.