(From the publisher):
New York businessman A.J. Strode is one of those wealthy financiers who always gets his way, whether with women or with business. Nearing sixty, he's about to dump wife number four. Once a decade he turns in the latest Mrs. Strode for a newer model.
He's also about to acquire a new toy to add to his list of corporate holdings: the House of Glass. Started as a small manufacturer of quality glass objects, the House of Glass is now one of the largest, most successful purveyors of wine bottles and windshields. Strode needs this company, and he'll stop at nothing -- or almost nothing -- to get it.
Persuading the incumbent Mrs. Strode to vacate the premises turns out to be much easier than taking control of House of Glass, however. A relatively few shareholders own all the stock, and Strode needs one more large block.
Strode's months of planning all come down to three House of Glass shareholders: Joanna Gillespie, a famous violinist; Jack McKinstry, an infamous playboy; and Richard Bruce, the powerful owner of an international shipping firm. If Strode could just convince one of the three to sell, he'd have the stock he needs.
Strode can fight dirty when he has to, and he knows enough about the three House of Glass shareholders to make them dance to his tune. But Strode makes the fatal mistake of underestimating his adversaries. Respectable fašades can sometimes hide deadly intent, as Strode learns to his peril.
Original title: He Huffed And He Puffed
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural