Ordeal of Riley Mcreynolds

Ordeal of Riley Mcreynolds

by Michael Orourke
     
 
The story takes the reader on a journey through a modern American corporation where bottom-line profit and individual glory take precedence over all else, including the welfare of ordinary employees.

As a senior administrative officer with a large insurance and financial services company, Riley McReynolds deals day in and day out with a wide assortment

Overview

The story takes the reader on a journey through a modern American corporation where bottom-line profit and individual glory take precedence over all else, including the welfare of ordinary employees.

As a senior administrative officer with a large insurance and financial services company, Riley McReynolds deals day in and day out with a wide assortment of egos, personalities and political game-players, led by the son of a backwoods religious fanatic who struggles mightily to grow rich and gain status through a finely tuned blend of bravado, social climbing, and the power of the imperial chairmanship.

Thinking he had seen everything there was to see when a prosecutor and criminal defese attorney, McReynolds is strangely unprepared for the Byzantine politics and insular dysfunction of The Lindbergh Companies. When, because of the company's relationship with a large and powerful area family, a routine government filing relating to an attempted money laundering becomes a political hand grenade, McReynolds finds himself at a moral intersection involving his own career and the welfare of Liddy Jonssen, an up-and-coming middle manager.

Against the backdrop of a massive downsizing and the political machinations of The Lindbergh's senior leadership, the author manages to entertain us with searing social commentary, side-splitting humor, and, ultimately, a touching tale of the central importance of individual responsibility and moral choice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael O'Rourke is a former law firm partner, state district court judge, and corporate executive. He attended Creighton University and the University of Minnesota, where he received degrees in liberal arts and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878391462
Publisher:
North Star Press of Saint Cloud
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

Vince Flynn
With a great take on life's absurdities and excesses, Riley McReynolds is an engagingly likable character, who takes you on a sometimes hilarious and sometimes sad journey through a side of big business rarely glimpsed. This is a unique and entertaining novel well worth the read. (VINCE FLYNN, New York Times best-selling author of TERM LIMITS and TRANSFER OF POWER)
Thomas Gifford
Michael O'Rourke's first novel rings so many changes on the comic scale that I found myself laughing uproariously all by myself. It has some of the witty brilliance of Richard Russo's Staright Man, which is probably the best novel I've read this decade. The hardest thing to believe about it is that it is a first novel rather than the latest accomplishment of a wry and seasoned observer of the passing parade. It's a wonderful book. (THOMAS GIFFORD, New York Times best-selling author of THE WIND CHILL FACTOR, THE ASSASSINI, and most recently SAINT'S REST)
Roger Meyer
Laugh out loud humor and touching sadness are joined in this beautifully written account of one man's walk through the corridors of a modern dysfunctional corporation and his struggle to maintain a moral compass along the way. It is an unsparing depiction of what can happen when the leadership of a company is blind to the needs of its employees, the very people upon whom the enterprise depends for success. Stay with this story to the powerful conclusion—you'll be glad you did. (ROGER MEYER, Director of the Management Center, Graduate School of Business, University of St. Thomas)

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