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Terminal Ambition, A Maggie Mahoney Novel

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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...more
Paperback, First, 308 pages
Published March 24th 2012 by Two XX Press
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Paula Oliver
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...more
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 5 of 5 stars
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....more
Todd Fonseca
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...more
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...more
Mary (BookHounds)
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...more
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...more
Ravina Andrea Kurian
This isn't your regular mystery where evidence needs to be sought for a murder or crime that has been committed. The tones of this book are a cross between the movies Fatal Attraction and Disclosure; and the writing styles of John Grisham and JD Robb (Nora Roberts). Yes, suspense filled as you can see.

There were tiny bits that I felt needed a bit more explanation or could have been done differently but this isn't a reflection on the author's skills. It's just me being a reader with one too many...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Ruth Hill
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...more
The actual storyline was a very slow start, but once it really started pulling together, about halfway through, it got more interesting. The lead character is a partner at a major law firm and asked (basically told) to participate on a gender equality committee, to make sure women are getting equal treatment, but as she starts looking at the firm with a new view, she's horrified to discover the extent of the sexual harassment within the firm and determined to do something about it. The situation...more
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...more
James Harkess Harkess
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.

Cindy Barnett
interesting, the foul language was off-putting because this author, obviously, CAN write a good plot with interesting characters.
Karen B
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...more
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