FIRM AMBITIONS by Michael A. Kahn
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In what she vows will be her last divorce case, feisty St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold (Death Benefits, 1992) agrees to represent her sister Ann's friend, Eileen Landau, against her rutting developer husband, Tommy. But it's one divorce too many for Rachel. Eileen admits she's been carrying on herself with Andros, the dishy instructor whose aerobics clients at Firm Ambitions wiggle their bottoms for nobody but him; Rachel visits Firm Ambitions and has to fight off Andros's sales pitch for private sessions; and minutes after one last high-impact workout with Eileen, Andros pops some poisoned vitamins -- after which the police arrest not Eileen, not Tommy, but Ann, another tearful victim of Andros's wiles, who'd written him a seriously nasty letter after she'd found he was 22timing her. A cache of indiscreet photos of Andros's clientele makes Rachel realize that winning Ann's acquittal won't be enough; the only way to keep the lid on a scandal damaging to both Eileen and Ann will be to prevent the case from ever coming to trial. How? By enlisting her mother and her raffish sidekick, Benny Goldberg, to penetrate the ingenious scare Andros was really running on all those socialite twits. Like baseball's ever-deserving Cardinals, Rachel would be a lot better known if she played in a major media market. Her latest case -- starting with sex, drugs, and gambling, and then getting really dirty -- is a beaut.

Pub Date: July 11th, 1994
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dutton