THE POINT OF THE GAME by Maxwell E. Cox

THE POINT OF THE GAME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The game ultimately hasn't very much point since this deals with first class citizens (particularly the central character Jake, the product of an old family and the right schools) leading second class lives of compromise. He's a lawyer and at the time the book opens is involved in a commercial transaction--the buying up (with blackmail) of a smaller business by effecting a squeeze-play on its owner. He's also married to Clarissa in a definitely half-hearted way: he still remembers Kathie, his first girl, and she comes back now to remind him of what he's given up. All of this takes place among philistine, propertied people and it's a competent and readable book for those who enjoy say Cameron Hawley or the earlier Stephen Birmingham--perhaps proving that the people who have more to begin with seem to be settling for less.

Pub Date: May 19th, 1969
Publisher: Dodd, Mead