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Terminal Ambition, A Maggie Mahoney Novel

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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 establishme
Paperback, First, 308 pages
Published March 24th 2012 by Two XX Press
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Paula Ratcliffe
Early on in this book Maggie is faced with the death of her husband who was a partner in the law firm of Sweeny, Owens & Boyle. After a time grieving she goes back to work and realizes she has lost her major client and is trying to get some clients to cover her own bills, when she gets appointed to a discrimination group to see if women are happy in the law firm. Maggie soon learns what is really going on, and it infuriates her to no point.

This was a very quick read and I couldn't put it dow
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Losing her husband in an avalanche that she survived has given Maggie Mahoney a new view on life in general and her life as a lawyer/partner at Sweeny, Owens & Boyle. She loses her biggest client so when asked to be on Gender Equity Committee she agrees knowing the committee is just a smokescreen by Andy Anderson to make him look good as he vies for the office of Attorney General but it makes her look good to the firm. Unfortunately Sweeny, Owens & Boyle really does have a problem with s ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women, people interested in gender equality, attorneys, lovers of suspense

I highly recommend this book. It's a riveting read on all fronts. Terminal Ambition has an opening chapter you'll never forget. The writing is as high-quality as any you'll find. The author drops you into the lightning-speed, competitive atmosphere of the highest levels of a major law firm. It feels like you're there: The dialogue, descriptions of the clothing, homes, and offices--everything about book's characters and their lifestyles is spot on.
Todd Fonseca
Jun 24, 2012 Todd Fonseca rated it really liked it
Terminal Ambition - A Shocking tale of Discrimination and Harassment

Author: Kate McGuinness
Rating: 4 of 5
Format: Kindle, Paperback

After the tragic death of her husband, Maggie Mahoney learns that her once firm position as partner at the law firm her and her late husband practiced at, is now much more tenuous. Manipulated into participating on the firms new "gender equity committee", Maggie learns the shocking truth of the firm's true intentions - to rid the staff of female trouble makers. But wh
Jul 02, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
When Maggie Mahoney became a partner at a top Wall Street law firm, she had earned her position; however, some felt that her husband Bryce was more than a little bit responsible for her success.

With his death came a change in how she viewed herself and how others saw her. Additionally, the attorney chosen to replace her husband had some questionable qualities, including a tendency to intimidate the female attorneys and other female employees.

So when Maggie is appointed to a committee to investig
Mary (BookHounds)
Aug 18, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it
Maggie Mahoney is not your typical trophy wife since she has a law degree and is married to a the managing partner but when he drops dead, she finds herself on the outs in the firm. When a rival and known womanizer (cue Brittney Spears) is named as the new manager, Maggie knows that even in her grief she can't sit back and watch. She fights her way through the old boys network and works to expose Jack Slattery as he tries to get rid of the female leaders through harassment and
Aug 27, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
When I was offered the chance to read and review Kate McGuinness’s legal thriller Terminal Ambition, I was really excited. I may have kissed corporate life goodbye several years ago to be a self-employed writer/actor/improviser, but I still appreciate a good story. (I’m still waiting for someone to write one centered on the mortgage industry.)

I was not disappointed. McGuinness’s protagonist, Sweeney and Owens law partner Maggie Mahoney is as three dimensional as any of the women I know in real l
Nov 13, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I was excited to read this legal thriller about a female lawyer fighting for women's rights. When I first started reading the book I was overwhelmed by the amount of important characters. However, the more I read the easier it was to keep track of them because they were all very well developed.

Maggie is a successful lawyer and partner of one of the top Wall Street law firms. She has just lost her husband to a terrible accident and her best client for the same reason. She begins looking for new
Sep 14, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
Brilliant and beautiful, Maggie Mahoney became the trophy wife of its managing attorney. After a torrent of snow kills both her husband and her principal client, Maggie is reduced to being just another powerless female partner at the venerable Sweeny, Owens & Boyle.

Obsessed with his dream of becoming the next Attorney General, firm chairman Andy Anderson creates a tangled web of deceit in a desperate gamble to conceal the firm's secrets and the shocking skeleton buried deep in his own closet
Maggie Mahoney is a partner in a major Wall Street law firm.

When her husband dies in a skiing accident and she returns to work, she is asked by a senior partner to look into the Gender Equity Committee and the treatment of women in the firm. What makes this seem less than sincere is the senior partner's political ambitions and the fact that the chair of this committee is a know womanizer.

As Maggie spends more time with the woman at her firm, her eyes are opened about the way women are treated an
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
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 ha ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
When I started Terminal Ambition, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Don't get me wrong, I am all for women's rights, especially in the work place. However, I was afraid it would be too preachy. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found that once I started it, I was eager to see where the story would lead.

At first, Maggie is pretty ambivalent about the way women seem to be treated in her law firm. Even to the point that she just deflects advanc
Ruth Hill
Dec 24, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it liked it
It is clear that this book is written by a lawyer. I am one who likes writing that includes lots of detail and character development, and this does not include nearly enough of that for me. But that does not mean it is a bad book--not by all means! The message of the book is amazing--sexual harassment and sexism in a world that is still dominated by males. Even in this day and age, women struggle with this issue, and the author does a fantastic job of getting her point across.

I grew tired of the
Jan 01, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel about sexual discrimination In a major law firm. As a lawyer herself, the author gets the details right so the reader can focus on the characters. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
Cynthia Hamilton
The enthralling first chapter sets up the dynamics for the impending power struggle in a top Wall Street law firm. The dialog between partners and their subordinates is so pitch-perfect, the scenes unfolded before my eyes like I was witnesses the action first hand. Though fiction, I'm guessing the author has had firsthand experience with the issues she raises in this well-crafted novel.
The author effectively portrays discrimination, sexual harassment, and how males take advantage of situations such as the case between two colleagues.

In the book club guide, it asks how effective the suspense aspect is. While there was speculation between a few of the attorneys, I don't recall reading what if anything Jack might have had on Andy that would have him nominate him as chair considering his known background.

A showdown toward the conclusion was missing; It felt flat. Resolutions thr
James Harkess Harkess
Jun 30, 2013 James Harkess Harkess rated it it was amazing
This MUST READ for all women, especially those who work in the corporate world, is being offered for FREE right now on until Tues (7/3/13).

Go check it out! You won't be disappointed.

Jul 30, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
interesting, the foul language was off-putting because this author, obviously, CAN write a good plot with interesting characters.
Karen B
May 22, 2013 Karen B rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I wanted more "thriller" but the storyline was a good one.
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Legal Career
Kate McGuinness practiced law in courtrooms, conference rooms and boardrooms. Despite sexual harassment and discrimination, she fought her way to success.
Following graduation from law school, she joined a major international law firm. After seven years in the trenches, she was invited to join the partnership, becoming one of only a handful of female partners among the firm's equity own
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