Hush Money by Chuck Greaves


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This is a marvelous book to take on vacation.
-NY Times


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.


About Chuck Greaves

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CHUCK GREAVES was born in Levittown, New York. He is an honors graduate of both the University of Southern California and Boston College Law School and spent twenty-five years as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles. Hush Money, his first novel, was named by SouthWest Writers as the Best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Adventure Novel of 2010, and won SWW's Storyteller Award. He lives in the American Southwest. Learn more at
Published May 8, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Crime. Fiction
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NY Times

Reviewed by Jim Bouton on Jun 01 2012

This is a marvelous book to take on vacation.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on Jun 29 2012

It is indeed a volume that deserves a special place in baseball’s literary canon.

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Reviewed by Donna M. Brown on Jun 01 2012

Fast-paced and inspired, written with an insider’s knowledge of the legal world.....

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Reviewed by Jeff Pearlman on May 17 2012

...Appel has written an important, memorable and riveting history of the world's most dominant sports franchise.

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The Courier-Journal

Reviewed by Steve Kaufman on Jul 13 2012

If you’re going to read about baseball’s last 100 years, you pretty much have to start with the Yankees... And if you’re going to do that, you could do worse than this “Empire.”

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The Big Thrill

Reviewed by Anthony J. Franze on Apr 30 2012

From the high-stakes world of professional show-jumping to the inner sanctum of big firm litigation, Greaves takes readers on one hell of a ride. HUSH MONEY is a winner right out of the gate.

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Reviewed by Mark Newman on Mar 30 2012

No book since [Frank] Graham's has successfully taken the mantel of "definitive" for this franchise, but it appears we finally have a taker.

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Reviewed by Harold Friend on Apr 21 2012

Baseball fans, not only Yankees' fans, have a great experience ahead of them.

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