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Catherine McKenzie

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"At thirty-nine, Type-A Nicole Muller's life is on the rocks. Her once brilliant law career is falling apart. Her friends are all having their last-minute babies before they turn forty and she remains childless. She loves her husband, Daniel, but they're soon to be forced out of the family apartment they've rented for years. Shortly after a warning from her senior partners, she's shocked when she receives an email from an exclusive women's networking group, Panthera... Leo. Membership is anonymous, but every women is a successful professional. And although Dan worries this group might be a cult, Nicole signs up for their retreat in Wyoming. Once there, she meets the other women who will make up her Pride. A CEO, an actress, a finance whiz, a congresswoman: Nicole can't believe her luck. The founders are a famous musician and the founder of a massive wellness empire. They explain the group's core philosophy: they're a girl's club in a man's club world. Nicole is all in. And when she gets back home, she soon sees dividends. Her new network quickly provides her with clients that help her relaunch her career, and a great apartment too. The favors she has to provide in return seem benign. But then she's called to the congresswoman's apartment late at night where she's pressed into helping her cover up a crime. And suddenly Dan's concerns that something more sinister is at play seem all too relevant"--

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Legal fiction (Literature)
Legal fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
New York : Atria Books [2022]
First Atria Books hardcover edition
Physical Description
307 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Catherine McKenzie (author)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Heading toward 40, New York City corporate lawyer Nicole Mueller, the narrator of this entertaining psychological thriller from McKenzie (Six Weeks to Live), is aware that her career has stalled. When she's invited to join Panthera Leo, a businesswomen's networking retreat in Colorado whose membership includes CEOs and top-ranking politicians, she happily accepts. Headed by a charismatic billionaire, Panthera Leo offers extreme team building exercises designed to create absolute loyalty among its members. Nicole returns to New York to find her luck has turned around: she attracts new lucrative clients to her firm and finds a stunning new apartment at a suspiciously low rent. Could some exchanges of Panthera Leo favors be responsible? When Nicole gets a desperate call for help from a newly elected congresswoman and member of her Panthera Leo team, she can't refuse. Soon her life becomes a swirling nightmare of blackmail, murder, and corruption. Readers will cheer the quick-witted Nicole all the way to the satisfying conclusion. This look at the realities women face working within a system predicated on boys' club rules will resonate for many. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary. (Aug.)

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