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.
Almost 80 years from the date on which the verdict in People v. Charles “Lucky” Luciano was returned (June 7, 1936), TOM & LUCKY AND GEORGE & COKEY FLO has been nominated for the 2016 Macavity/Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award from Mystery Readers International. Needless to say, I’m deeply honored by this recognition, which comes on the heels of TOM & LUCKY’s selection as a Wall Street Journal “Best Books of 2015” and as a finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
I’m hugely honored to announce that TOM & LUCKY AND GEORGE & COKEY FLO (Bloomsbury), my historical/true crime novel of gangsters, madams, and lawyers in Depression-era New York, which was previously a Wall Street Journal “Best Books of 2015” selection, has been chosen as one of three finalists for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
The Harper Lee Prize was inaugurated in 2011 to coincide with publication of the 50th Anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, and is a joint venture of the American Bar Association and the University of Alabama School of Law that honors the work of American fiction that, in the spirit of Mockingbird, “best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.” The award will be presented in September of 2016 in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington D.C.
I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, and to thank my publisher, the selection committee, and all of my loyal readers for this fabulous career milestone, and for the opportunity to join the likes of John Grisham and Michael Connelly as Harper Lee Prize winners.
Fans of the Jack MacTaggart mystery series, or readers who’ve yet to meet the wisecracking L.A. lawyer/detective, will finally have the opportunity to enjoy his exploits in paperback, starting with HUSH MONEY, which was a finalist for (among other honors) the Private-Eye Writers of America’s prestigious Shamus Award and the Audio Publishers’ Association’s Audie Award for the Best Mystery of 2012. These mass-market paperbacks are available for less than $7.00, exclusively from Harlequin’s Worldwide Mystery imprint, and you can order them here.
The Wall Street Journal’s annual year-end Best Books list included a familiar title this year as Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) was named one of the Journal’s Ten Best Mysteries of 2015.
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.”