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Guy Farbar Not Always Fiction

In his novel The Privileges, published by Random House, Jonathan Dee introduces a company executive who may be very true to life: The main character’s equity investment firm is on its way to meet Guy Farbar, the outsized personality who has taken a Wisconsin cryogenic rubber company from receivership to eleven million in profit in less than three years.

But. . .

“His staff turnover was incredible, a fact that his seeming compulsion to ______ every single one of his female employees did nothing to diminish. In fact, probably the biggest red flag about getting into business with Guy at all was that there were already two pending lawsuits against him, one of which involved a temp who had been nineteen at the time. He turned out to be even more of a character in person.”