There's a little bit of everything here, and from that angle, it isn't wholly convincing. -- But that does not alter the fact that it is first rate reading, and has enough facets to interest a wide public. Into one man's life between the rise of boom days and the skid of the depression comes disenchantment, desertion of wife and home and traditions for the god of art, failure to prove his own powers, deterioration to the ranks of ""kept man"", and rehabilitation -- materially and in his personal life -- through the medium of success in a department store -- and ultimately, facing the facts of what the social implications are in the scheme of life that has fed and clothed him -- and escape. The last third of the book -- the department store picture, done a la Imperial Palace, will give the book its best sales slant, though the powers at the top wont like it. By the author of Star of Empire, and in a different vein and different mood, proves again that Grant Lewi has a social conscience and the pen of a story teller.