Book Review: Terminal Ambition by: Kate McGuinness

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Two XX Press

Publish Date: March 24, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Maggie Mahoney wants justice for women at her law firm.
The firm chairman wants to be Attorney General.
Only one can win.

Sweeny, Owens & Boyle sits at the top of Wall Street law firms. Brilliant and beautiful, Maggie Mahoney became a partner and the trophy wife of its managing attorney. Her husband's death renders Maggie an outsider with the firm's male establishment and creates a power vacuum.

Obsessed with his dream of becoming the next Attorney General, firm chairman, Andy Anderson, chooses a surprising replacement: Jack Slattery, a reputed sexist. Jack's background hardly qualifies him for such a prominent position. Maggie suspects Jack has something on Andy, but what is it?

Andy's ambition drives him to desperate measures. With proof of misconduct in hand, Maggie demands justice, but it comes at a high price.

If ambition rules, can justice prevail?

Review: Maggie Mahoney is a partner at the prestigious law firm of Sweeny, Owens & Boyle. Some of the people there feel she was only made partner because of her senior level husband, but she is a great attorney in her own right. When her husband and her best client perish in a tragic skiing accident, Maggie’s left to fend for herself. ‘Terminal Ambition’ isn’t your regular legal thriller as it is entirely based within the confines of Sweeny, Owens & Boyle and deals exclusively with the sexual harassment of female employees. Maggie hasn’t realized how stressful and damaging an environment Sweeny, Owens & Boyle is for female employees as she hadn’t been a victim of sexual harassment during her tenure there. However, once her eyes have been fully opened to the rampant the harassment and abuse is for the female employees, there is no going back. She’s got to make this right, but there are plenty of powerful men standing in her way. Can she overcome the odds and clean up Sweeny, Owens & Boyle for good?

I enjoyed ‘Terminal Ambition’ very much and I was pleasantly surprised at this different style of law drama. Maggie is a strong character who once she uncovers the depth of the sexual harassment at her office is determined to end it once and for all. The author has also brought to light the fact sexual harassment can happen anywhere and at any time. I think it’s an issue more people need to be cognizant of and Ms. McGuinness helps bring it to shocking life. All of the characters are well-developed and due to the author’s experience as a lawyer in a major firm, she has nailed the internal politics. A smart, savvy, and timely novel, ‘Terminal Ambition’ will make you look closely at your own life and your actions. 


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