Monday, July 15, 2013

Green-Eyed Lady - Chuck Greaves

My review of Green-Eyed Lady first appeared in Shelf Awareness. I am reprinting it here with their permission.

First line: "Even now in vivid hindsight, he could not recall which he'd noticed first: her crumpled shape on the blacktop or her voice echoing across the nearly empty parking lot."

When a California candidate for U.S. Senate is caught with his pants down, he turns to Jack MacTaggart for help—legal help that is.

Warren Burkett, known womanizer and former L.A. mayor, is in the middle of his bid for Senate when he unwittingly helps a woman steal a high-priced painting. Burkett hires MacTaggart to help him not only in court but also to find the “green-eyed lady” who vanished with the art, leaving Burkett to take the fall. The case gets sticky when the “green-eyed lady” is found dead from an apparent suicide and the painting is seen hanging in Burkett’s opponent’s home.

As clues are delivered to MacTaggart on Etch-A-Sketches, he enlists the help of his partner Marta Suarez, his office secretary Bernie Catalano and Officer Regan Fife of the Sierra Madre police department. They race the clock and the L.A. County District Attorney in an effort to solve the mystery before a possible murderer is elected to the U.S. Senate.

Green-Eyed Lady, the follow-up to Chuck Greaves’ debut Hush Money, is a light-hearted, funny legal mystery. It integrates legal process without weighing down the plot and channels Greaves’ inner Hitchcock.

The characters comprising Greaves’ cast are quirky and convincing, from the tax-evading accountant to the candidate’s brother-in-law, “whose position at Archer Properties seemed to be vice president of Union Affairs and Cement Footwear.”

Whether readers have experienced Chuck Greaves before or not, Green-Eyed Lady promises an engaging reading experience. It is a riotous campaign in the all-too-real world of political antics.

Green-Eyed Lady is available in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250005243) from Minotaur Books. It is also available as an unabridged audio (ISBN: 9781482101409), narrated by Dan Butler, from AudioGo


Irene Jennings July 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM  

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 disappoint.

Zaira Lynn (CashFund)

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