A Jack MacTaggart Mystery

As a deputy public defender, Los Angeles attorney Jack MacTaggart never learned to get along by going along. Now practicing amid the sun-drenched affluence of Pasadena, Jack's penchant for irreverence and his fondness for the underdog prove equally abrasive to the moneyed interests outside of government -- and his past has a nasty habit of intruding into his pastoral present. Hush Money, the first installment in the Jack MacTaggart series, won the grand-prize Storyteller Award in the SouthWest Writers' International Writing Contest, and was named a finalist for several national honors including the Rocky Award from Left Coast Crime and the Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association. 

 

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The Last Heir
The Last Heir
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Philippe Giroux, estimable patriarch of the Château Giroux wine empire, has tragically lost a son. Or has he? Once confirmed by the court, Alain Giroux’s death will pave the way for his brother Phil to inherit America’s most storied winery. Or will it? Andy Clarkson, Alain’s boyhood chum, covets the Château Giroux vineyard acreage for his neighboring golf resort. Or does he? Claudia Giroux, Philippe’s hauntingly beautiful daughter, has proof that Alain’s death may not have been all that it seems. Or does she?

As the scions of a privileged California wine dynasty grapple for control of their family’s legacy, attorney Jack MacTaggart is caught in a cross fire of estrangement, betrayal, and murder. To complicate matters, Jack is being shadowed by film star Ethan Scott, who hopes to spin the dross of a family’s private travails into box-office gold.

Amid the stately oaks and sylvan vineyards of California’s fabled Napa Valley, Jack learns the hard way that while blood may be thicker than water, money is a powerful anticoagulant. As the long-buried secrets of a troubled family are finally revealed, only one question remains to be answered: Who will survive to become the Last Heir?
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A Jack MacTaggart Mystery (Volume 3)

Chuck Greaves

St. Martin's Press

Philippe Giroux, estimable patriarch of the Château Giroux wine empire, has tragically lost a son. Or has he? Once confirmed by the court, Alain Giroux’s death will pave the way...

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Green-Eyed Lady
Green-Eyed Lady
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"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

Award-winning author Chuck Greaves returns with the rollicking sequel to his acclaimed debut novel, Hush Money.

U.S. Senate candidate Warren Burkett has a history of marital infidelity. Three weeks before Election Day, Burkett comes to the aid of a beautiful green-eyed lady, only to find himself alone and naked in a stranger’s home from which a priceless painting is missing. As the resulting scandal threatens to tilt the election, the painting turns up in a most unexpected place . . . and so does a dead body.

Hired to defend Burkett and unravel the deepening mystery, Jack MacTaggart must traverse a minefield of ruthless politicians, felonious art dealers, swarming paparazzi, the amorous wife of Burkett’s billionaire opponent, her mobbed-up brother, and a district attorney with an old score to settle.With the electoral clock ticking and the press following his every move, Jack’s investigation leads him on a roller-coaster ride through the lofty heights and gritty depths of Los Angeles and Southern California, lending new meaning to the adage that all’s fair in love and politics.


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A Jack MacTaggart Mystery (Volume 2)

Chuck Greaves

St. Martin's Press

"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...

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Hush Money
Hush Money
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A Finalist for Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel

A Finalist for Left Coast Crime's 2013 Rocky Award 

When Hush Puppy, Pasadena socialite Sydney Everett’s champion show horse, dies under suspicious circumstances, junior lawyer Jack MacTaggart is assigned to handle the insurance claim. But the case soon takes an unexpected turn, thrusting Jack into a spiraling web of blackmail and murder in which he finds himself both the prime suspect and the next likely victim.

In this acclaimed debut novel, the first in a series, former Los Angeles trial lawyer Chuck Greaves takes readers into the high-stakes worlds of big-firm litigation and professional equestrian show-jumping, where no one can be trusted, and where nothing is quite what it seems.


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A Jack MacTaggart Mystery (Volume 1)

Chuck Greaves

St. Martin's Press

A Finalist for Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel A Finalist for Left Coast Crime's 2013 Rocky Award  When Hush Puppy, Pasadena...

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