Five of Washington's most powerful women. They know all the right people. They make all the right moves. Until one of them ends up dead. (front cover)
"A great romp of a read."--Cokie Roberts, ABC News correspondent
"A terric novel. I have attended a number of ladies' lunches in my time, but none as exciting or revealing as this!" --Nina Totenberg, U.S. Supreme Court Correspondent, NPR
Five women, who are best friends, have met for lunch for years. All are in positions of power in Washington, D.C. Sara Webber is a Supreme Court nominee; Carol Lundgreen, a congresswoman; Faith Paige, presidential press secretary; Leona Maccoby, a caterer whose husband's financial power reaches to the White House; and Maggie Steadman, a well-known journalist. When Faith's unexpected death is revealed as a suicide, her friends are forced to examine their own lives and decisions. O'Brien spins a good tale. She certainly knows her political ins and outs, having served with the 1988 Dukakis presidential campaign and written the highly readable The Candidate's Wife (LJ 1/92). However, O'Brien's characters lack "the right stuff," for they don't have the luster and spice typically attached to well-known people. Ultimately, this lack of character depth keeps The Ladies' Lunch from being a first-rate read. Purchase according to demand.
both funny and sad, enjoyed it
From back of book:
They are the cream of the Washington elite -- admired, envied secure -- until one of them dies a violent, mysterious death. Now the remaining four have come together to mourn, to questions and ultimately to launch an investigation that will change their lives forever.
This is a wonderful , don't want to put down book..
having a job at the pool, checking badges all day, allows for me to read read read... this was read in a day of checking badges and sunshine....
very good ...