Greaves’ memorable debut introduces a wisecracking hero who gets his wit from his Uncle Louis. Fast-paced and inspired, written with an insider’s knowledge of the legal world, it’s a terrific addition to the genre, and one hopes there will be more Jack stories.
Jack MacTaggart is on the fast track at the prestigious law firm of Henley & Hargrove. When his mentor and friend, Russ Dinsmoor, assigns him to represent a socialite regarding an insurance claim on a dead champion show horse named Hush Puppy, he discovers the horse did not die a natural death. He also encounters the stable manager Tara Flynn, with whom he begins a relationship. They discover that this is the second horse belonging to the socialite to perish, leaving her a healthy payoff. When Jack’s friend is murdered and he is considered a suspect, the rules of the game change. In fact, some of the people at the Fieldstone Riding Club are more than they seem, and one dead horse is just the beginning of Jack’s quest for a killer. (MINOTAUR, May, 304 pp., $24.99)