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Firm Ambitions

(Rachel Gold Mysteries #3)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Attorney Rachel Gold knows her way around a courtroom, but back in her hometown of St. Louis and on her own after a stint in a big Chicago firm, Rachel's cutting a path through a more dangerous terrain - the cutthroat tactics of divorce law. The case she's just landed called Landau v. Landau is sure to be a slugfest. But even Rachel doesn't expect it to land her in an upsc ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Onyx (first published July 1st 1994)
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Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm. How to describe the first chapter of this book. Rachel has moved to St. Louis where she has started a new firm. Her first client is, well, how shall we put this. The case involves a will, an irate wife, fellatio, Big Macs with special sauce, Golden Showers, Visa statements, and the threat of photographs. It’s also very funny.

Although she has sworn never to take another divorce case, Rachel is persuaded by Anne, her sister, to help Eileen Landau. As she soon learns, Eileen is having an aff
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, judaism, usa
This is not the type of book I would typically read, but years ago I worked with the author at SMF. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for years. This week I needed somethig quick and easy and this one fit the bill.

Reading the book was like eating Imo's pizza followed by a trip to Ted Drewes. It will fill you up but maybe not in the best way. The story is set in St. Louis, specifically the St. Louis Jewish community, so if you live in St. Louis or have ever lived in St. Louis you will find this
Kahn, Michael - 4th in Rachel Gold series

Attorney Rachel Gold didn't expect her very last divorce case to land her at a chic health club full of rich, bored wives who find Andros, its fitness trainer, irresistible. But savvy Rachel can spot a con man when she sees this one, with his buns of steel and body to die for. Unfortunately for the love-starved ladies, he's the one who dies, suddenly of cyanide-laced vitamins. So who wanted God's gift to women to burn in hell?

Rachel sus
Kevin Lanahan
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is another in the unambitious, slightly charming, St. Louis-based Rachel Gold mysteries. I've read three of them now, and here's how they work:
1) Rachel gets an odd case.
2) Case ties in with a bigger case.
3) Rachel and her posse decide to be detectives instead of hiring an actual detective.
4) Rachel wins, after narrowly escaping death.

The stories are light, easy to read, have lots of St. Louis character, and fail to explain why a Harvard Law School graduate would be able to lure her law pr
Lynn Pribus
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This one is about 20 years old, hence our lawyer heroine must cope with a world sans cell phones and google. Yet it doesn't feel dated except for the technology.

Not sure why the male writer has a female protag. and some of her comments and sentiments rang pretty "tough male" to me. Still, an entertaining read with some polish and I'm looking for her, uh, his next one.

This one I got from the library was a paperback, well reinforced with tape, but the pages were a bit fragile. Let's see what the n
Robert Scott
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finished 07/14/2013. Rachel is invited to an aerobics class by her sister Ann. R. has moved back to St. Louis and is living with her mother after her father's death. The xercise instructor is murdered and Ann is charged with the murder. Turns out she was having an affair with him, but so were about 30 others who had been receiving home instruction. But R. finds that his home visits have been to case the house for burglars by passing on the security and items of value. Mom (Sarah) starts dating a ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-i-like
I may get tired of this series at some point, but this was my third & I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot moved with sufficient speed to keep me engaged & I love the principals and their teamwork. The Rachel & Benny interactions are often raw & very funny...I enjoy them for the same reasons I like Janet Evanovich's team of Stephanie & Lulu...bigger than life & ready to plunge into weird adventures that would be too daunting for ordinary humans.
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Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
First time reading a book from this series. Highly entertaining. Be warned: sexual content.
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Pseudonym for Michael Baron.

Michael Kahn is a trial lawyer by day and an author at night. He wrote his first novel, GRAVE DESIGNS, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. "Not bad," he would say, "but I could write a better book than that." "Then write one," she finally said, "or please shut up." So he sh

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