Warner, Jun 2002, 6.99, 288 pp.
Middle manager Walter is a typical red-blooded American yuppie until Luna Wolfe joins the office. When he sees Luna for the first time, Walter falls into a daze, which leaves him unable to communicate with anyone including himself. From that sophisticated first encounter when he destroyed his shirt with ink, Walter becomes even more pathetic as anytime Luna is in his vicinity, he falls, crashes into things, or spills coffee. Luna realizes infatuation when she sees it and finds Walter's pitiable retreats kind of cute.
Walter knows he is behaving out of character while struggling with the physical side effects of his lust for Luna. Even his bowel movement has turned as mushy as his mind. Every plan he concocts is perfect until execution when his mind turns blank. Luna likes Walter, but more as a pet rock until he becomes a sexual attraction for other women.
INTER-OFFICE MALE is an offbeat amusing contemporary romance. Walter's schemes turn what could have been a schmaltzy tale into a fun read as he hooks the audience into wanting the hero to succeed in his quest. The story line provides humorous insight into his once intelligent mind that has turned into applesauce ever since Luna landed in the office. Luna will surprise the audience as she is not some selfish sex siren. John Richards provides a facetious, unusual, and entertaining relationship comedy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner