Welcome to my monthly musings, on topics ranging from the writing process to books and authors I admire to whatever else might spark my interest and imagination.  I hope that through these essays you’ll get to know me, and that from your comments (please post them below), I’ll get to know you.  I’ve begun, by way of introduction, by recounting my unlikely journey from L.A. trial lawyer to published novelist.  Just start from the bottom and work your way up.  And if anything tickles your fancy, feel free to share it.  You have my permission.

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Mobsters and Madams in the Big Apple

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Tom Nolan calls Tom & Lucky “Boisterous historical fiction” with “the wild energy of a 1930s Warner Bros. crime-movie . . . Mr. Greaves is one helluva good storyteller.”

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“Getting Lucky” in the ABA Journal


My feature article in the November, 2015 issue of the ABA Journal, the monthly magazine of the American Bar Association, recounts the colorful and controversial 1936 vice trial of mobster Lucky Luciano, which is also the subject of my 2015 novel TOM & LUCKY (AND GEORGE & COKEY FLO).

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When It’s Time to Part With Your Agent

One question an author often hears is, “How did you find an agent?”  In my case, therein lies a tale, and I’ve told it to my friends over at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Comment on the piece before Sunday at noon (rocky mountain time) and you could win a signed book.

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Read an Excerpt from The Last Heir


Last HeirYou can take Jack out of L.A. — in this case, all the way to Napa Valley — but you can’t take the L.A. out of Jack, as this excerpt from THE LAST HEIR at CriminalElements.com conclusively proves.

Meanwhile, I talk to The Sirens of Suspense about the writing process, and how my three careers — lawyer, author, and vigneron — all came together for this book:

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The Cuckoo Case

judges-wig-and-gavelIn today’s news, the lawyer who “leaked” J.K. Rowling’s secret identity as Robert Galbraith was fined for breaching a client confidence.  Below is my version of what might have happened had the case gone to trial.

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