Overload Author:Arthur Hailey This is a tale of power and people-their lives, ambitions, loves, deceits, consciences, greed, terror... — Angry critics of Golden State Power and Light accuse the giant public utility of being a heartless monster, piling up profits at the expense of its hapless customers-the users of electricity and gas. — True or False? — False!-argues Nim Goldma... more »n of GSP&L, the dedicated, aggressive assistant-to-the-chairman, who strives to convince his coleague of their short-sightedness and the public that a devestating electrical famine is near.
True!-charges Davey Birdsong, colorful, dynamic leader of p&lfp (power and light for people), an activist engaged in his version of a holy war.
Maybe!-broods Laura Bo Carmichael, ex-atomic scientist and chairman of the prestigious Sequoia Club, a rallying point for environmentalists.
These conflicts, and more, plus passion and divided loyalties, pit the men and women of Overload against each other.
Among the women are Ruth Goldmen, Nim's wife, whom he loves, yet neglects while indulging in a succession of affairs, including one with Ardythe Talbot, widow of his best friend; Karen Sloan, a beautiful quadriplegic whose every breath depends on electric power; Nancy Molineaux, a black, investigative news reporter whose targets are Nim Goldman and GSP&L.
THen there is the detective Harry London, matching wits with power thieves; Paul Sherman Yale, retired Supreme Court Justice, self-proclaimed "Mr. Integrity"; Georgos Archambault, terrorist eader of "Friends of Freedom" whose bombs deal destruction and death.
And punctuating the swift-moving story are fascinating "inside" glimpses of the little-known world of electric power production-which, increasingly, is vital to us all.« less