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“Run away with me.

When spoken by a much younger woman, few men will resist those words.

But at what cost?
When Bob Lutz quits his executive post to head an Internet start-up, he begins a harrowing spin into neurosis: he becomes obsessed with Valerie Quinn, his young employee, jeopardizing a successful career. His marriage crumbles. Why would a fifty-year old married man become involved with a twenty-three year-old? Why not?

But what does Valerie want?

Lutz watches his life and career spiral out of control, powerless to do anything but succumb to Valerie’s advances. His psychiatrist battles his own addictions, his wife finds solace in old vices, and all the while others plot to take over Lutz’ new company.

“Run away with me,” she said. Once was all it took.

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About the Author
Ratcliffe’s business background crackles in the narration of Manhook, a fictional account of an Internet start-up. A former financial officer of Apple Computer, Ratcliffe left the global powerhouse in 1993 to invest in Internet ventures. He was an early investor in then the CEO after the company secured venture funding. Many of the twists, turns, and flawed characters that Ratcliffe creates in Manhook are the result of behavior exhibited by the venture capital community as Internet portfolios collapsed. The book is fiction. The experience is real.

The author holds a BSBA with Distinction in Economics, an MBA with Honors from Babson College, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He resides with his wife, Christine, on Cape Cod.


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