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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005243
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Weeks before the election, California senatorial candidate Warren Burkett hires lawyer Jack MacTaggart to help him out of a spot of trouble. Set up by a green-eyed woman, Burkett finds himself in a compromising position, charged with stealing a valuable painting. MacTaggart, in practice with Marta Suarez after the demise of his prestigious Pasadena firm, sets out after the painting, seen briefly in a campaign ad videotaped in a cabin owned by Burkett’s opponent, then gone again. But when the title character, Jordan Mardian, who ran an escort service and fenced high-end art, is found dead in a presumed suicide, and her assistant dies in a fire at Mardian’s art studio, there’s more to investigate than a missing painting. Greaves’ second MacTaggart mystery (after Hush Money, 2012) is grounded in politics, but its madcap plot includes clues sent on an Etch A Sketch, a nighttime sting carried out at the famed Hollywood sign, and savvy use of the media. While this leaves the narrative focus somewhat scattered, the breezy MacTaggart—whose bywords are “Trust me. I’m a lawyer”—is always good company. --Michele Leber

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Praise for Green-Eyed Lady:

Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greaves is the wickedest read of the year: smart, real, vivid as hell, and so plausible it could be in the Times. Greaves is a master of the language. I loved this book."
—Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times best-selling author and co-creator of the famed Pendergast novels
 

"A legal thriller with the delicious intricacy of a well-plotted mystery, Green-Eyed Lady marks the welcome return of Jack MacTaggart, Chuck Greaves' likeable and compelling attorney-protagonist.  Greaves proves again why he is among the front-rank of legal thriller authors . . . the verdict is a unanimous 'must read'."

—Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of City of Secrets

 

“In Green-Eyed Lady, his sequel to Hush Money, Chuck Greaves has the recipe for a sure-fire hit: several dead bodies, two politicians short on good sense and willing to do anything, one stolen masterpiece, one political scandal...then two, the timer counting down to a critical election, and Jack MacTaggart--a lawyer with a heart, a conscience, a wry sense of humor, and steel balls--who loves to turn up the heat...and voila, a tasty dish you'll want to consume in one sitting.”

—Deborah Coonts, author of So Damn Lucky

 

Green-Eyed Lady is a smart, funny, 277-page gateway-drug/siren’s song that will fill law schools with innocent children. Chuck Greaves is going to hell.”

—Charlie Newton, author of Start Shooting

 

“Colorful characters, snappy dialogue, and some nifty twists lend credence to MacTaggart’s mantra: ‘Trust me, I’m a lawyer.’”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Greaves’s legal thriller with comic overtones successfully builds on his multi-award-nominated series debut (Hush Money) and will amuse Californians with its spot-on cultural references. … Pair with Brad  Parks, Tim Hallinan ('Junior Bender'), and Deborah Coonts.”

Library Journal

 

“Once again Greaves’ knowledge of the courtroom shines, and his grab bag of characters is varied and appealing.”

RT Book Reviews

 

“Not one reader in a thousand will guess the ending.”

Kirkus Reviews

 

“A suspenseful and witty legal mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.”

Fresh Fiction

 

Praise for Chuck Greaves:
 

“Greaves sports a smoking new voice in crime fiction, reminiscent of John Hart. . . . Chuck Greaves has major writing chops.”

—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier

Praise for Hush Money:

“Take John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee, Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware, and the best of John Grisham’s protagonists, shake and serve, and you’ll have Jack MacTaggart."
—Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick

Hush Money is smart, entertaining, and funny. In Jack MacTaggart he has created a likable, wisecracking lawyer-detective---Jim Rockford with a law degree. A great read.”

—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

 

Hush Money is a fast-paced, funny mystery, and Jack MacTaggart is a delightful, wisecracking hero. I hope we see more of him.”

 —Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder

 

“A stellar first novel . . . Greaves makes the most of his twenty-five years as a trial attorney in relating courtroom tactics. The combination of confident writing and a determined and ethical protagonist add up to a winner.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“Cleverly intermingles equestrian show jumping, insurance claims, and high-tech science in this sunny California thriller. Great read-a-likes for tone would be Jack Fredrickson and Spencer Quinn.”
Library Journal (starred review)

 

“An auspicious debut. Jack would be welcome back in the winner’s circle anytime.”

Kirkus Reviews

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I can hardly wait for the next book.
Cindy Irvin
Chuck Greaves has done it again--His second Jack McTaggart novel is just as good as the first one, maybe even better.
Cowboy Mike
Fast read, great pacing and deft misdirection, right up to the surprise ending.
Terence G. Cady

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By addicted to books on August 15, 2013
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Jack is a fun protagonist - partly because he is a cocky arrogant guy who does need to be taken down a notch - but then he redeems himself with lots of smarts. I enjoy a book that is set in a known place and so it takes you mentally into that location. It is a trick that Tony Hillerman does well for the Southwest and I feel that Chuck does the same for the LA area even if I don't know it. I would say it's a good thing I am not a detective because the logic leaps that occur in Chuck's books catch me off guard but just go with it because in reverse it makes sense. Chuck writes page turners! First horses, then art and graffiti - What is next?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne on October 9, 2013
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I hadn't read the first book, but didn't have a problem with the character set up after I understood there was a character switch between the first and second chapters. The book starts off with a man helping a woman, I initially thought this was MacTaggart too, but it was his client. After I got that straight, I was good to go. Lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming.

While there were light points, I didn't really find the book humorous at all.

I give this a 3 star rating (maybe 3.5) because I liked the story and not being able to tell whodunnit, but the characters weren't that engaging for me and I don't want to rush out and get the first book which is more indicative of a 4 or 5 star review.
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By Cowboy Mike on July 11, 2013
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Chuck Greaves has done it again--His second Jack McTaggart novel is just as good as the first one, maybe even better. Greaves uses his 25-year career as a trial lawyer based in Southern California to bring a high level of verisimilitude to the legal and courtroom details, as well as the ins and outs of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where he has set the action. His plotting is inventive and highly creative. Readers must pay close attention because every detail counts.

The estimable Mayday Suarez, is also back, now as Jack's law partner, and is also being developed into a winning character on her own. Greaves also gives us a bit of a tease regarding the possible future return of Tara Flynn, his horsewoman love interest from "Hush Money", but we'll have to stay tuned to see if the tease is any more than that.

The plot superficially involves political dirty tricks in a highly partisan Senate campaign, and probably Democrats and Republicans alike will feel that "their" side was portrayed unfairly--suffice it to say that neither candidate would be considered a winner in life. Fortunately, the candidates themselves are background music as the twists and turns among the true personae dramatis, an eclectic assortment including a latino ex gang member/pimp now celebrated graffiti artist, a mafia hitman, a society madam, and two honky-tonk sisters from the ranchland high desert east of LA, and that's not all. You're going to love getting to know them and watching as Jack figures out the mystery of the Green Eyed Lady. Even money you don't figure it out.
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Having been a Rex Stout fan all my life (Nero Wolfe primarily), I was ecstatic when Robert Goldsborough received permission from the Estate and started re-witting those Novels many years ago, unfortunately, that was short lived, and I have been searching for something to fill that gap for literally decades.

When I read Chuck's first Novel, Hush Money, in his style of witting and his character Jack MacTaggart, I saw a remarkable similarity to the style of witting and character development that I had been missing for so many years.

Now with his latest novel, Green Eyed Lady, the development and witting style has drawn me in even more. All I can say is thank you Chuck for finally providing something that is worth buying and reading. Your novels are both entertaining, and also challenging at the same time (God do I hate reading Mysteries that after a Chapter or so, you already know where it is going and who is involved).

If you are someone that loves a good Mystery that is mentally challenging and has very strong character development, then look no further, it is all here thanks to Chuck Greaves.

My only regret at this point is that I will have to wait for the next Novel before I can enjoy reading anything this entertaining again (maybe I should just go back and re-read the first two novels while I wait)
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By KBAtlanta on July 5, 2013
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In his second book in the Jack MacTaggart,private detective & lawyer series, author Chuck Greaves once again creates pure storytelling magic for his readers with an intelligent murder mystery filled with such real characters you not only you feel like know them, but you are standing next to them in the room as the clues are revealed. From the opening page until the aknowledgements, you're hooked into this story of politics, wealth, passion and revenge all set in the layered world of LA beyond the Hollywood veneer. Just be ready to not put the "Green-Eyed Lady" down until she is done with you.
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The minute the book arrived, I started reading it. Could not put it down until 6 hours later when I finished it. Kept me wondering what was coming next from beginning to end. Not only is Chuck a great writer, but an unusually talented storyteller as well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action packed mysteries that keep you guessing right to the end and not putting it down until you get there. You will not be disappointed.
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Chuck Greaves spent 25 years as an L.A. trial lawyer before turning his attention to fiction. His debut novel HUSH MONEY (Minotaur), a legal mystery, won the SouthWest Writers' International Writing Contest, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and was a Critics' Pick from Kirkus Reviews. HUSH MONEY has been named a finalist for numerous national awards and honors, including the Rocky Award (Left-Coast Crime), the Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Book Reviews), the Shamus Award (P.I. Writers of America) and the Audie Award for Best Mystery audiobook of 2012 (Audio Publishers Association.)

GREEN-EYED LADY (Minotaur), the first sequel to HUSH MONEY, was published in June of 2013, and was promptly hailed by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston as "the wickedest read of the year . . . Greaves is a master of the language. I loved this book." The third installment in the series, THE LAST HEIR (Minotaur), will be in bookstores in June of 2014.

In addition to his Jack MacTaggart series of legal mysteries, Chuck also writes literary fiction as C. Joseph Greaves. HARD TWISTED (Bloomsbury), his Depression-era saga of kidnapping and murder in the American Southwest, was called "a gritty, gripping read, and one that begs to be put on film" (Los Angeles Times) and a "taut and ingriguing thriller" (London Sunday Times), and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in Fiction.

To learn more, please visit www.chuckgreaves.com.

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