“Superbly written and paced, this sensational legal thriller reads like a polished jewel. Set in the Mercedes and Rolex horse show world, Greaves sports a smoking new voice in crime fiction, reminiscent of John Hart. Hush Money's riveting characters and snappy dialogue round out a smashingly memorable first effort. Chuck Greaves has major writing chops.”
—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of One Was a Soldier
“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 the hero of Hush Money. Chuck Greaves has written a confident, cool and totally engrossing legal thriller with the pop and sizzle of some of the greats of the genre. It’s a hell of a debut.”
—Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author
"One heck of a debut, and a welcome addition to the genre. Jack MacTaggart is a joy to root for, and there are enough twists and turns to keep you up way past bedtime. A thoroughly enjoyable mystery."
—Ira Berkowitz, author of 2010 Shamus Award-winning Sinners’ Ball
“Chuck Greaves writes with style and an insider's knowledge of the courtroom and the lawyer's life. Hush Money is smart, entertaining and funny. And in Jack MacTaggart he has created a likeable, wise-cracking lawyer-detective -- Jim Rockford with a law degree. A great read.”
—William Landay, author of Defending Jacob
“Greaves’ debut mystery, Hush Money, sparks with snappy dialog, rich imagery, and sarcasm sharp as a razor. Early in the book, the line, ‘…above the blooms, like a spider at the center of her web, floated the head and shoulders of a smallish woman, her darting eyes alert to the activity around her,” told this reader she’d stumbled upon darn good writing.”
—Sasscer Hill, author of Agatha and Macavity Best First Mystery nominee, Full Mortality
"Greaves makes the most of his 25 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 readalikes for tone would be Jack Fredrickson and Spencer Quinn.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
"An auspicious debut. Jack [MacTaggart] would be welcome back in the winner’s circle any time."
“With its "whoa, boy!" central character, sharp dialogue, and hit-the-spot Southern California venues, this is a series with plenty of potential.”
“If you combine the horse-centered suspenses of Dick Francis with the legal thrillers of John Grisham you’ll have Chuck Greaves and his first novel, Hush Money.”
—The Chronicle of the Horse