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Company Man.

William Covington is a company man, which is the title of Brent Wade's odd little novel of office politics and personal racial paranoia. He is also an anomaly bearing scant resemblance to most contemporary African-American corporate officers.

In 1969 Covington, Wade's protagonist, arrived at Varitech Industries Inc. and followed his patron up the ladder. Twenty years later, he is a flashy marketing communications director spending his days fretting about corporate impotence and his nights worrying over the physical kind.

Wade, an AT&T Corp. sales manager, who has written one of the first novels with a black-oriented corporate theme, turns the heat up when he places Covington in a delimma soluble only if he knows how to use both black and corporate finesse.

Covington doesn't and that is the heart of the protagonist's and the book's puzzle.
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Author:McCoy, Frank
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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