Unsuitable Company

Judith H. Green, Author Bantam Books $20 (280p) ISBN 978-0-553-07006-4
Green's ( Sometimes Paradise ) newest is fast-paced, entertaining fantasy, the perfect escapist read. The glamour of high society, the power of the boardroom, behind-the-scenes gossip, blackmail and steamy sex--all these are dramatized by a good mix of characters and with flashes of humor. John ``J.K.'' Kaplan, an Englishman who's clawed his way to the upper crust of society and the top of the business world, aims to take over an American company, Wheaton Industries. J.K. plans to augment his trappings--which include his glitzy, aristocratic wife, Zara--by purchasing an $11-million New York City penthouse. But Wheaton founder George Wheaton and his outspoken, all-American wife, Erica, want the same apartment, as an alternative to their Nebraska home. J.K.'s old friend and business partner, Archer Blair, happens to live in the same building; when his affair with Zara is discovered, a blackmailer forces him to push the co-op board to choose the Wheatons despite their Midwestern gaucheries. An anticlimactic bidding war for Wheaton shares pits the Wheatons' homespun virtues against J.K.'s lust for money and power, with predictable results. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
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