A very longwinded and slow paced novel of a middle aged man, a financial tycoon, mocked by a cheap actress whom money failed to hold. Lawson, divorced in his youth, suddenly realized the void in his life with no fitting heir and no woman. But neither loneliness or an heir could be remedied by his millions, and he is left in the lurch at the finish. Interspersed with long dialogues with his dependents, ex-wife, ex-son, and office staff, none of great interest. A certain irony and penetration in the satire, but insufficient action or holding power in the content.