"A legal thriller with the delicious intricacy of a well-plotted mystery, Green-Eyed Lady 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
Author Chuck Greaves's returns with the rollicking sequel to his acclaimed and Shamus Award-nominated 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, attorney 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is another fun frolic with snarky SoCal lawyer JackMcTaggart. This one includes mystery, murder and political mayhem which is pretty timely for the crazy 2016 elections. It's especially fun for me since I used to live in Sierra Madre, and I know all the locations mentioned in the book. It's a bit of a stumper too: I had no clue whodunnit until it was revealed at the end. An interesting plot line with a number of twists and turns, and some uneasy views into the world of political cloak-and-dagger. Recommended for a pleasant and quick-moving read.
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).
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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