Books: Freelance the Cheat

by Pat Jordan Villard Books; 259 pages; $13.95

Bobby Giaquinto's wife is "a soft, pale girl who bruised easily and feared penetration." As compensation, he brings a succession of sad, passionless women to his office, and there on the couch Bobby proceeds to make sad, passionless love. Between affairs, the magazine writer cranks out puff pieces about celebrities. He hates his life, his frustrating marriage, the hack work that gets him through the day.

But the routine continues until he meets Sheila Doyle, a strong-willed woman who has recently changed her life by jettisoning her husband and their four children. She tries to alter Bobby's life as well, when...

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