A Matter of Support is reality-based fiction. The story centers on Frank Mangino, a child support enforcement agent working in Maine. Saddled with a typically heavy caseload, the veteran of failed love relationships uses alcohol, a sense of humor and a wavering belief in the future to fight depression, loneliness, a baffling judicial system and an unforgiving state bureaucracy. The story provides a unique insider's view about how the child support system works (and doesn't) and those who operate in and around it. Frank finds he is necessarily an investigator, a law-enforcer, a social worker, and more than occasionally, a target of misplaced anger. Frank searches for reasons to carry on with what he does. He gets up in the morning because people depend on him and he holds stubbornly to the hope that he will yet find someone with whom he can share life and love. There are possibilities for Frank but he worries that he cannot overcome his painful past. Surrounded by peers hardened by years in the system, Frank's world is full of dark humor and crisp, wisecracking dialogue. Their misunderstood, under-appreciated work is important for the voiceless in society, and they readily, sometimes dangerously, sometimes comically, confront those who try to avoid the legal responsibility of supporting children. While millions of Americans are affected by how our child-support system works, very little has been written about it. A Matter Of Support takes us to the place where Frank Mangino works, a world usually misunderstood by politicians and the public and to another place, inside, where we all travel to find meaning, and, if lucky, moments of true joy.