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Attorneys Turn from Practicing Law to Writing Legal Thrillers

Joseph Greaves ’81 and Jeffrey Siger ’69 are delighting readers and critics alike with their crime-fighting novels.


Greaves recently announced the publication of his sixth novel, Church of the Graveyard Saints, published by Torrey House Press. A previous book, Tom and Lucky, was a Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015 selection and a finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize.

After experiencing a self-described “epic mid-life crisis,” Greaves left his California law practice and moved to Santa Fe to pursue his long-deferred dream of writing. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the book critic for the Four Corners Free Press in southwestern Colorado, where he currently lives.

Siger is the author of The Mykonos Mob, the tenth book in his Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series, which was published by Poisoned Pen Press in April. An Aegean April, the ninth in the series, was included in Library Journal’s“Best Books of 2018.” Siger was named as Greece’s thriller novelist of record in the August 2018 New York Times Book Review article, “All the World’s a Crime: Thrillers from Around the World,” and selected as one of six authors—and the only American—writing mysteries that serve as a guide to Greece by the Hellenic General Secretariat of Media and Communications.

A Pittsburgh native and former Wall Street lawyer, he left his New York City law firm to write mystery novels and now lives on the Greek Island of Mykonos.