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TERRY SHAMES, LAURA OLES, & JAMES ZISKIN- A Reckoning in the Back Country, Daughters of Bad Men, & Cast the First Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery
Monday, February 5th at 7PM
TERRY SHAMES, JAMES ZISKIN AND LAURA OLES
speaking & signing
A Reckoning in the Back Country, Cast the First Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery, and Daughters of Bad Men
ABOUT A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY
Acting Police Chief Samuel Craddock investigates the murder of a visiting physician, whose mangled body is found in the woods.
When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, since lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local.
Craddock’s focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy.
Digging deeper, Craddock discovers that the public face Wilkins presented was at odds with his private actions. A terrible mistake led to his disgrace as a physician, and far from being a stranger, he has ongoing acquaintances with a number of county residents who play fast and loose with the law.
ABOUT CAST THE FIRST STONE
February 1962 Tony Eberle has just scored his first role in a Hollywood movie, and the publisher of his hometown newspaper in upstate New York wants a profile of the local boy who's made good. Reporter Ellie Stone is dispatched to Los Angeles for the story. But when she arrives on set to meet her subject, Tony has vanished. The director is apoplectic, Tony's agent is stumped, and the producer is found murdered.
Ellie is on the story, diving headfirst into a treacherous demimonde of Hollywood wannabes, beautiful young men, desperately ambitious ingenues, panderers, and pornography hobbyists. Then there are some real movie stars with reputations to protect. To find the killer, Ellie must separate the lies from the truth, unearthing secrets no one wants revealed along the way. But before she can solve the producer's murder, she must locate Tony Eberle.
ABOUT DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN
Jamie Rush understands what it takes to disappear because her parents taught her that long ago. Leveraging her knowledge of why and how people run from their own lives, Jamie has built a business based on bringing those in hiding back to answer for their actions. She takes pride in using her somewhat shady skills to work both inside and outside the law.
When her estranged brother, Brian, calls and says his daughter is missing, Jamie initially turns down the case. Kristen has always been a bit wild, frequently dropping off the grid then showing up a few days later. But Brian swears this time is different, and even though Jamie vowed years ago to keep her conniving sibling at arm’s length, she can’t walk away if Kristen could be in real trouble.
As Jamie begins digging into Kristen’s life, she uncovers her niece’s most guarded secrets. Uncovering the truth will put a target on Jamie’s back and endanger the lives of those she loves.
ABOUT TERRY SHAMES
Terry Shames is the author of A Killing at Cotton Hill, The Last Death of Jack Harbin, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake, and An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, the first six Samuel Craddock mysteries. She is the coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
ABOUT JAMES ZISKIN
James W. Ziskin is the author of the Ellie Stone mysteries. Winner of the Anthony(R) Award for Best Paperback Original and the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel (Sue Feder Memorial), his books have also been finalists for the Edgar(R), Barry, and Lefty awards.
ABOUT LAURA OLES
Laura Oles is a photo industry journalist who spent twenty years covering tech and trends before turning to crime fiction.
Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including MURDER ON WHEELS, which won the Silver Falchion Award in 2016. Her latest short story, Island Time, has been selected to appear in Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical, to be published this spring.
Laura's debut mystery, DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN, is the first in a new series. It introduces Jamie Rush, a skip tracer working in a Texas coastal town. DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN was named a Killer Nashville Claymore Award Finalist in 2016. Laura is also a Writers’ League of Texas Award Finalist.
She lives on the edge of the Texas Hill Country with her husband, daughter and twin sons.
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