A Man of Affairs

by John D. MacDonald
Category: "Fiction - Mystery"
Year of Publication:1957
Date Added:07/20/2008
Date Read:08/12/1987
My Rating: 7

Reviews for A Man of Affairs

Review - A Man of Affairs

A complicated plot with a bunch of characters and not really worth going into in detail. Sam Glidden manages the Harrison Company. Mike Dean is attempting to take it over by buying up a controlling amount of stock. The whole deal hinges on whether Louise and Tommy, children of the founder, will vote with Dean. Dean invites them to his Bahama-island retreat. Sam wheedles an invitation, determined to keep Louise and Tommy from Dean’s influence.

There are a bunch of people on the island, all of them with their own problems and schemes. Sam is determined to resist, but Dean makes him an offer he can’t refuse and he signs a contract. He meets Bridget, a writer there to do a fluff piece on Dean, and they have a brief fling. But Sam has long been attracted to Louise. When Louise’s husband, Warren picks a fight with Sam, Louise decides to divorce him and marry Sam.

Things quickly so sour. Warren dies when attacked by barracuda while snorkeling. Louise decides to be the martyred widow. Bridget, the only reasonably-sane person on the island, decides that she’s sick of it all and determines to write an article blasting Dean and his island party-house. Sam, feeling guilty, decides to join her team. He confronts Dean about his contract. Dean gets mad and has a heart attack and dies. Dean’s men want to cash in on their stock before word of Dean’s death leaks out. They strand everyone on the island. Sam and Bridget take off in a rowboat but get caught in a storm and stranded on a deserted island. They are rescued the next day, get married and live happily ever after.

I’ve read this one before. Except for Sam and Bridget, all the characters are rather disturbingly disgusting. I didn’t care for it as much as I remembered doing.
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