Lightning Rods, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


'All I want is to be a success. That's all I ask.' Failing salesman Joe has a dream - or rather an outrageous fantasy. Because holed up in his trailer Joe comes up with a jaw-dropping plan that will stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace and make his fortune.

Win-win? As he turns his life around, Lightning Rods takes us to the very top of corporate America.


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I... am not sure how I feel about this book. I think it had the potential to be part-Arthur Miller, part-Chuck Palahniuk - the introduction certainly bigs it up quite expansively - but in the end I wasn't that impressed. It was more like reading an interesting journalistic book about a bizarre business idea than a novel, at times anyway. The 'lightning rods' of the title are basically women who provide anonymous sexual services to top businessmen to increase their productivity and diffuse the potential for sexual harassment in the workplace. This scheme is the brainchild of failed salesman Joe, who subsequently becomes rich and famous because he persuades companies (and sort-of the reader) that this, and its accompanying features, is a vital addition to any office. Though I did wonder - what about the women? Couldn't it be argued that high-flying women might be just as frustrated as men and demand the same access to a lightning rod facility? (Haha, lightning rod.) Anyway, it's interesting and it definitely kept me reading, the pages flew by... but for me it didn't live up to its potential and was generally a bit underwhelming.

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