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"It is a page-turner to be sure..." - San Francisco Book Review
"Highly recommended."  -  Midwest Book Review
"Great debut novel"  -  Fran Turner for Goodreads
"...a novel of corporate greed that leaps off its pages."  Bookviews by Alan Caruba


''A sharply observed saga of workplace tyranny...the author clearly knows this territory.'' -- Kirkus Discoveries

''This book is so well written and is frightening in its accuracy and its realism and ferocity.'' -- Cynthia Brian, World Talk Radio

''...a real page turner to be sure.'' ---- Anita Finley, magazine publisher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Though a member of the California Bar, I've worked for decades on both coasts, in the marketing/advertising departments of major magazine and newspaper publishing companies. As an attorney, I have received the Wiley M. Manual Pro Bono Services Award from the California Bar. My wife, daughters and son-in-law live in Southern California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595521894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595521890
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,911,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richard Wanderer, Esq. has worked in the publishing field in New York City and Los Angeles for more than 30 years. In fact, he worked with the real MAD MEN of Madison Avenue. This included employment with major national magazines such as Family Circle, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, and Playboy. Richard also worked for major newspaper chains in
multiple capacities including public relations, publicity and primarily advertising sales.

Later in life, while working full time in publishing and raising a family, Richard attended law school. Upon graduating and passing the Bar Exam he became a member of the California Bar. He received an award from the California Bar for his pro bono work. He met his wife when both worked for Esquire in New York City and they now have two grown daughters, and at this point, one son-in-law.

Considered an authority on the American magazine industry, Richard was invited to write an op-ed piece on the survival of magazines in America for the prestigious Bulldog Reporter. It can be seen on their website as it appeared on 6/25/09.

His suspense novel, The Holiday Party (A Tale of a Corporate Takeover) centers on a fictitious tale of what happens to the lives of employees whose companies fall victim to corporate takeovers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Langley on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book, I thought: "A Tale of a Corporate Takeover? Why would I care about that?"

I didn't expect much from this, until I started reading.

Vivid descriptions, interesting characters, and a very exciting plot.

From the very first page, this book grabs your attention...

Who's the guy in the horned mask?

Who are all these wiccans, and why do they keep on taking their clothes off?

What does any of this have to do with a Holiday Party or a Corporate Takeover?

Richard Wanderer has woven quite a tale in this book... I suggest you take a look.

keep smiling,

Benjamin
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DWB on August 14, 2009
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I bought several of these books as holiday gifts because of the tile and everyone of them enjoyed it as did I. If you like advertising, witches and $itches and Madison Avenue, you will really get into it too. Also, anyone who is watching "Mad Men", the series about the Golden Age of advertising, will really like this too.Mad Men: Season 2Mad Men - Season One
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Mcnew on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book that explores the inner workings of the publishing business. You've got sex, skullduggery, double crossing executives, money, witches (yes, witches), and a once great Christmas party gone bad.

Hey, what more could you possibly want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on July 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Holiday Party takes you into the lives and psyche of the players involved in a corporate takeover. Though all the players appear to have a common goal, they all have their own agendas, and secrets.

The story opens in New York. Daniel Davenport, one of the vice presidents of mighty media giant, Ballard Media Group, heads to a secret monthly meeting - not just any meeting, but one for his coven, which follows an ancient Druid strain of witchcraft. On the West Coast, Forest Green prepares for the annual holiday party for family owned Gladstone Magazine, owned by all seven Gladstone siblings but run by brothers Adam and Warren. When power hungry Davenport hears that Gladstone Magazine needs to sell their company, Davenport devises a plan for Ballard Media Group to take over Gladstone Magazine but will have the latter company ultimately fall into his hands. And so begins a game of strategy, trust, betrayal, success and loss.

Author Richard Wanderer writes a suspenseful tale, effectively integrating one character after another into a plot that is filled with twists and thickens as more characters get involved and complicate the corporate takeover with their own conspiracies.

The transition in point of view from one character to the next is smooth, however, the inconsistent reference to characters either by first, last or both names is a little distracting. Also, the narrative flow is somewhat interrupted when the author over-explains scenes; for example, when Blessington and her chosen partner in crime, Calista Hunt set up a meeting on the ferry and promptly tell him that his job duties have been changed due to lack of performance. He then wonders to himself: "Why did they choose a boat ride to drop this on me?
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