Today’s Featured Kindle Book of the Day is Terminal Ambition , by Kate McGuinness, is just $4.99 and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 71 customer reviews.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
In this gripping tale, an avalanche upends the meteoric career of Maggie Mahoney, a high-flying female partner in a prestigious Wall Street law firm. Brilliant and beautiful, she 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 insignificant 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 suspects he has a hidden agenda when he appoints Jack Slattery, a former prosecutor unqualified to be managing attorney, to replace her husband. She is certain Jack has potentially lethal information about Andy, but what is it?
Forced to become a sleuth, Maggie stages a break-in to gather evidence. But she’s not the only one inside the firm playing detective. Andy will stop at nothing to achieve his ambition and deploys his loyal lieutenant to recruit unknowing partners in breaking all the rules. Rape ups the stakes as the cat and mouse game between Maggie and Andy plays out to its shocking finish.
Readers will be hooked by this addictive and unusual story that reveals the inner workings of a powerful law firm. The novel’s nimble pacing will keep them turning pages long after bedtime. McGuinness is a born storyteller who creates three dimensional, complex characters. Their dialogue is pitch perfect, and their motivations ring true. Terminal Ambition holds a mirror up to the excesses and immorality of Wall Street in a manner reminiscent of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities.
Kate McGuinness practiced law with a major international law firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Her work took her to cities like London, New York and Denver. While the travel may sound glamorous, the pressure of getting big deals done meant long hours in conference rooms smelling left-over lunches and dinners. Kate managed some huge leveraged buyouts and represented banks loaning billions of dollars – yes, that’s billions with a a “b.” She learned to spot typos very quickly!
A Fortune 300 company recruited Kate to be its general counsel. That job posed an entirely different set of problems. She was responsible for a staff of 16 lawyers working in Los Angeles and New York City. Managing personnel and legal issues proved to be less of an issue than navigating corporate politics where earning per share are everything!
After Kate left the corporate world, she studied creative writing at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles. She loved her teachers at UCLA and has no qualms about cheering for the Bruins when they play their cross-town rivals the Trojans.
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