The Last Heir
By Chuck Greaves
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9781250045560, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
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Philippe Giroux, estimable patriarch of the Château Giroux wine empire, has tragically lost a son. Or has he? Once confirmed by the court, Alain Giroux’s death will pave the way for his brother Phil to inherit America’s most storied winery. Or will it? Andy Clarkson, Alain’s boyhood chum, covets the Château Giroux vineyard acreage for his neighboring golf resort. Or does he? Claudia Giroux, Philippe’s hauntingly beautiful daughter, has proof that Alain’s death may not have been all that it seems. Or does she?
As the scions of a privileged California wine dynasty grapple for control of their family’s legacy, attorney Jack MacTaggart is caught in a cross fire of estrangement, betrayal, and murder. To complicate matters, Jack is being shadowed by film star Ethan Scott, who hopes to spin the dross of a family’s private travails into box-office gold.
Amid the stately oaks and sylvan vineyards of California’s fabled Napa Valley, Jack learns the hard way that while blood may be thicker than water, money is a powerful anticoagulant. As the long-buried secrets of a troubled family are finally revealed, only one question remains to be answered: Who will survive to become the Last Heir?
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 Reviewers' Choice Award from RT Book Reviews, and the Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association for Best Mystery of 2012. Both a novelist and a vigneron, he lives in Colorado, where he grows Viognier and Pinot noir grapes while also writing literary fiction as C. Joseph Greaves.
“In Jack MacTaggart [Greaves] has created a likable, wisecracking lawyer-detective—Jim Rockford with a law degree.” —William Landay
“Take John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee, Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware, and the best of John Grisham’s protagonists, shake and serve, and you’ll have Jack MacTaggart.” —Chelsea Cain
“Jack MacTaggart is a delightful, wisecracking hero.” —Phillip Margolin
“MacTaggart is full of awesome.” —Library Journal