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Avon, Jul 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0380817845

In DC, personal injury lawyer Marcy Paglinowski has worked hard to achieve the professional success she has attained and has a goal to continue to climb the legal corporate ladder. While seeking evidence to support a negligence case, Marcy intercedes when a nasty construction foreman kicks a dog. However, worker Truman Fleming needs to rescue the Good Samaritan from his boss. For his efforts Truman is fired. Marcy offers to help him, but he rejects her attempt. Unbeknownst to the attorney is that Truman is extremely wealthy, but he is tired of the social whirl and thus seeking solace by using his hands.
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Marcy tries to persuade Truman to assist her on her case against his former employer. He assumes that like him she was born with a silver spoon and rejects her materialism. However, love still surfaces though neither has enlightened the other about their true background.

Using miscommunication, misinterpretation, and misconceptions caused by omission, Elaine Fox provides an amusing romance with serious undertones involving work place safety and stereotyping. The story line engages the reader who wonders when the truth will surface. The lead couple is interesting to observe the way they stereotype and consequently put down the other, but on the other hand this leads to questioning how a relationship can form when the foundation's material is made of uncorrected falsifications. MAN AT WORK is fun and will leave readers pondering when Ms. Fox will release her next work.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   rich/upper class

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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