Green-eyed lady

Chuck Greaves

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Mystery fiction
New York : Minotaur Books 2013.
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Item Description
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Physical Description
277 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Chuck Greaves (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The two leading candidates in a California senate race both end up rolling in scandal; trouble is, one of them is probably a murderer, too. With only a few weeks to go until the election, Warren Burkett is caught in a sex scandal-cum-art heist. But wait! It looks like opponent Larry Archer orchestrated the heist. Burkett hires the law firm of Jack MacTaggart and Marta Suarez to clear him. MacTaggart thinks both candidates have strangely disconnected families and is troubled that Archer's brother-in-law is a mobster. Then the woman in Burkett's scandal turns up dead. Add two more victims in quick succession, and now you've got to wonder if a write-in candidate might be the best choice. MacTaggart is feeling confident about solving the case until the murder weapon turns up in his garage. VERDICT 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. He maintains a madcap pace, even if the cast of characters seems a bit overpopulated. Pair with Brad Parks, Tim Hallinan ("Junior Bender"), and Deborah Coonts. [Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Political chicanery provides the backdrop for Greaves's amusing sequel to Hush Money (2012), which introduced Pasadena, Calif., lawyer Jack MacTaggart. A clever setup involving a sexy redhead and an art theft lands former Los Angeles mayor Warren Burkett, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, in a scandal just weeks before the election. This crisis may be enough to erase Burkett's poll lead and assure the victory of his Republican opponent, Larry Archer. Burkett hires MacTaggart, now the head of his own law firm, and partner Marta "Mayday" Suarez to undo the damage. As Burkett and Archer jockey for advantage, MacTaggart struggles with the machinations of Archer's wife, a contemporary art museum trustee who "could have passed for one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey." With a Senate seat at stake, it doesn't take long for murder to enter the picture. Colorful characters, snappy dialogue, and some nifty twists lend credence to MacTaggart's mantra: "Trust me, I'm a lawyer." Agent: Antonella Iannarino, the David Black Literary Agency. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When prominent senatorial contender Warren Burkett is wrongly arrested for a setup that threatens his career, he hires Jack MacTaggart to identify the responsible party and his actual agenda.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A follow-up to Hush Money finds prominent Senatorial contender Warren Burkett wrongly arrested for a setup that threatens his career, a situation that compels lawyer Jack MacTaggart to identify the responsible party and his actual agenda."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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 SecretsAuthor 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.