The Last Heir:

A Jack MacTaggart Mystery

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An intriguing new case lures attorney Jack MacTaggart to the rarified air of California wine country in order to investigate the death of an heir to a Napa Valley empire.

Monsieur Giroux is not a happy man. Of course, who could be happy while discussing the death of their son? Without an heir, his Château Giroux winery will be inherited by another family member, its grapes plowed under to make way for a lucrative real-estate deal. Yet Giroux believes that his son may still be alive and hires MacTaggart to investigate.

In the third entry in his Shamus Award–nominated series of legal mysteries, author—and sometimes vigneron—Chuck Greaves blends themes of greed and vanity, rivalry and revenge, bottles them with an unexpected murder, and pours forth a plummy magnum of page-turning mystery about a privileged but deeply dysfunctional American family.

Editorial Reviews

“Greaves’s intrigue-laden third Jack MacTaggart mystery takes the Los Angeles–based attorney to Napa Valley to represent Philippe Giroux, an elderly vintner holding the family business in trust for his two sons…Oenophiles should enjoy the Napa Valley flavor, and the legally savvy, irreverent Jack makes a fine tour guide.”

Publishers Weekly

“A gripping look at a world where great resources and the best intentions can go horribly wrong.”

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Author Biography

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 debut novel, won the SouthWest Writers International Writing Contest and was named a finalist for several national honors, including the Rocky Award from Left Coast Crime, the RT Award for First Mystery, and the Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association. He lives in Colorado, where he also writes literary fiction as C. Joseph Greaves.

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Dan Butler, an actor, writer, director, and producer, has had major roles on and off Broadway and has appeared in numerous television shows, including Frasier, House, and Monk. He cowrote and directed Karl Rove, I Love You, and has appeared in such feature films as Crazy, Stupid, Love; Silence of the Lambs; Enemy of the State; and Fixing Frank, among others.

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