No Way to Treat A First Lady

No Way to Treat A First Lady

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Christopher Buckley, the bestselling author of the comic classics The White House Mess and Thank You for Smoking, returns to the funniest place in America: Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the First Lady of the United States, has been charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no choice but to put the First Lady on trial for assassination.

The media has never warmed to Beth MacMann (her nickname in the tabloids is “Lady Bethmac”), and as America girds for a scandalous, sensational trial, Beth reaches out to the only defense attorney she trusts, Boyce “Shameless” Baylor, who charges $1,000 an hour and has represented a Who’s Who of scoundrels: murderous running backs, society wife-killers, Los Alamos spies, and national-security sellouts.

Why Boyce Baylor? Because Beth loved him once, when they were law students. Boyce wanted to marry her, but Beth chose the future President instead. Now, after all these years, Boyce has a second chance. To what lengths will a shameless lawyer go to win the Trial of the Millennium and regain the love of his life?

Buckley has been described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as “one of the best and surest political humorists in America” and by Entertainment Weekly as “a superb writer of politically incorrect satire.” No Way to Treat a First Lady is flat-out hilarious. And furthermore, it’s a love story for our time.

Baker & Taylor
When First Lady Beth MacMann is charged with killing her philandering husband, the president of the United States, during a bedroom argument and the attorney general puts her on trial for assassination, she turns for help to notorious defense attorney Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, her former flame. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the First Lady of the United States, has been charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no choice but to put the First Lady on trial for assassination.
The media has never warmed to Beth MacMann (her nickname in the tabloids is "Lady Bethmac"), and as America girds for a scandalous, sensational trial, Beth reaches out to the only defense attorney she trusts, Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, who charges $1,000 an hour and has represented a Who's Who of scoundrels: murderous running backs, society wife-killers, Los Alamos spies, and national-security sellouts.
Why Boyce Baylor? Because Beth loved him once, when they were law students. Boyce wanted to marry her, but Beth chose the future President instead. Now, after all these years, Boyce has a second chance. To what lengths will a shameless lawyer go to win the Trial of the Millenium and regain the love of his life?

Baker
& Taylor

When First Lady Beth MacMann is charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States, during a bedroom argument, she turns for help to notorious defense attorney Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, her former flame.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375507342
0375507345
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 25 cm

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tritonesub
Jul 02, 2016

As always, Buckley is a master at witty, fast moving dialogue which caused me to burst out laughing at many parts of the book. The story seems especially pertinent in 2016, with the former First Lady running for president. Very enjoyable read.

kmcinto Mar 29, 2014

It has some funny moments and lots and lots of outlandish moments done done during the trial that's probably never even been heard of in any real trial. I read a previous book of Christopher Buckley called "Boomsday" of his and even though the story was dragging, the characters were interesting and fun. I didn't really find that in this book which was sad. The relationship between the first lady and lawyer was good at first, but quickly wore out.

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Ellington4
Jan 19, 2012

A terrific combination of political satire and courtroom whodunnit. Buckley is an incredibly funny writer, a master manipulator of plot and pace, and adds a dollop of bawdiness. Who killed the president and how? A great read!

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eUser999
Mar 16, 2010

A great Buckley book, very funny, I'm smiling just remembering reading it. One of my favourites of his.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 06, 2009

The First Lady Beth MacMann asks an old love from law school to defend her when she is accused of killing her husband, the President of the United States.

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