The Cost of Living

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Richard Cahill is working more insane hours than ever - and getting less and less in return. His e-mail grows in geometric proportion to the amount of time he spends answering it. He's days away from the big client presentation for the account that will get him a promotion and buy his dream house - talisman of the upper-middle-class life he and his wife have slaved for. The stress is ripping holes in the fabric of his family. Then everything changes. Rich and his son stumble into a holdup at McDonald's and into ...
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Richard Cahill is working more insane hours than ever - and getting less and less in return. His e-mail grows in geometric proportion to the amount of time he spends answering it. He's days away from the big client presentation for the account that will get him a promotion and buy his dream house - talisman of the upper-middle-class life he and his wife have slaved for. The stress is ripping holes in the fabric of his family. Then everything changes. Rich and his son stumble into a holdup at McDonald's and into the unflinching peripheral vision of a black drug lord, one Eugene Price. Price sees Cahill as an easy pawn in his last big deal - his springboard to a new legitimate life. And its clear that, to Price, using Cahill is just the cost of doing business. Through Price, Rich also meets a powerful temptation - whose name is Paulette. Paulette is a veritable force of nature who knows full well the effect she has on Rich even as she's drawn to him in ways she can't quite control. Together, Price and Paulette provide Rich with a ruthless initiation into just how the world uses well-intentioned people like him. Yet though the world may in fact be just as harsh as Rich always feared, he's about to learn that the real cost of being tough enough to get what you want is that, sometimes, you get it.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This comic first novel by the author The Force, a nonfiction account of the Xerox sales team, puts an adman through some Bonfire of the Vanities-like paces but falls short of its satirical mark. Narrator Richard Cahill works a gazillion hours at his Rochester, N.Y., advertising firm. Putting in still more hours at his home office nights and weekends, he's losing touch with his teenage daughter and his art-dealer wife. When he does find a spare minute to treat his son to a quick burger at McDonald's, he walks into the middle of a hold-up. And that's when his life gets really complicated. The twist: when hard work isn't enough to secure his financial future, Cahill turns to crime, manipulated and threatened by a savvy drug dealer. What begins as a clever parablefilled with scheming co-workers and cheating spousesabout today's kill-or-be-killed business environment degrades into a catalogue of brand names thinly wrapped in a story (barely a page goes by, it seems, that doesn't mention Seinfeld, Spike Lee or MTV). Outside the mass media that are his bread and butter, Cahill proves an unobservant narrator, content to define charactershimself includedby the brands they wear and clichs of their personal history: "I could pass for just another J. Crew suburban dad, as if I hadn't grown up in a broken home...." Meanwhile, Cahill's involvment in a drug deal never beccomes convincing. On the miseries of mid-level life, Dorsey can be very funny, and his book would have been better, perhaps, had he let it run more confidently into the absurd. He does hit enough targets, hoever, to catch the attention of both real-life media mavens and less harried readers. (Aug.)
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Dorsey here does in fiction what he did for stressed-out corporate strivers in nonfiction (his recent work, The Force, LJ 5/1/94, reported on Xerox's sales reps). Protagonist Richard Cahill is just about to make the advertising pitch of his life when drug lord Eugene Price makes him an offer he can't refuse.
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Dorsey's (The Force, 1994) fiction debut is a slick fable about the increasingly high cost of realizing the American dream. One typically hectic day, Rich Cahill (an overworked, underpaid account executive at a midsized ad agency in Rochester, New York) and his 12-year old son Alec are caught up in a holdup at their local McDonald's. While Rich (who's relieved of his wallet in the confusion) gets a good look at the all-black crew of bandits, he's curiously reluctant to cooperate with the police. A county cop nonetheless nabs one of the gang, a teenage athlete named Will Breedlove. The cop prevails on Rich to cooperate in an informal rehabilitation project that has Will tutoring an enthusiastic Alec on the finer points of basketball. Before long, Rich is being financially enticed by Eugene Price, the man who staged the fast- food robbery as a rite of passage for young hoods eager to work for his upstate drug dealership. At the same time, he's under round- the-clock pressure on a job that has yet to earn him rewards commensurate with his efforts. Nor is his crowded home a refuge for him (he's the product of a dysfunctional family from the wrong side of the tracks). Indeed, after ferrying their two kids about, he and Meg, his art-gallery-owner wife, scarcely have a moment for each other. Rich agrees to run a one-shot errand for Price, which nets him money enough to build his dream house in a tonier neighborhood. At the close, a confident and independent Rich is considering an offer from the savvy Price (now completely out of the narcotics trade) to join him in a legitimate, lucrative venture involving ethnic radio stations. A well-told tale that works both as a suspenseful andcautionary take on unfamiliar forms of white-collar crime and as an absorbing account of the suburban life and its discontents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670874712
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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