The book follows the story of skip tracer Jamie and her bulldog, Deuce, as Jaime tries to uncover the mystery behind her niece's disappearance. Unfortunately for Jamie, that means she has to confront family tension that she swore never to get involved with again. The book takes a fascinating look at family relationships as it weaves to the end in fast-paced-mystery style.
The book is set in a fictionalized version of Port Aransas, TX, a place where Laura spends a lot of time with her family, which was hit very hard by Hurricane Harvey.
In an interview, Laura will talk about:
- Port Aransas, how it relates to her fictionalized Port Alene, TX, and how her experiences there shaped the novel
- Transitioning from photojournalism to novel writing
- Writing about complex family relationships
- Becoming a finalist for the Claymore Award and publishing her debut novel
Jamie Rush understands what it takes to disappear because her parents taught her that skill 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.
When her estranged brother, Brian, calls and says his daughter is missing, Jaime 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. Searching for the truth will put a target on Jamie’s back and endanger the lives of those she love.
KILLER NASHVILLE CLAYMORE FINALIST
A gritty and suspenseful tale of murder and betrayal, Daughters of Bad Men introduces PI Jamie Rush, a streetwise survivor who has walked on both sides of the law. When Jamie goes looking for her missing niece, she finds herself in the middle of a brutal turf-war that will test the bonds of friendship, family, and sisterhood. A five-star debut from Laura Oles!
– Elizabeth Buhmann, author of Lay Death at Her Door
Laura Oles is a photo industry journalist who spent twenty years covering tech and trends before turning to crime fiction. She has published over 200 articles in retail and consumer magazines and has served as a columnist for Digital Camera Magazine, Memory Makers Magazine, Picture Business, PhotoInduced, Cafe Mom) and others. Her book, Digital Photography for Busy Women, was named a photography category finalist in USA Book News.com’s ‘Best Books’ awards.
Laura’s short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Murder on Wheels which won the Silver Falchion Award in 2016. Her debut mystery, Daughters of Bad Men, was a Claymore Award Finalist and will be released by Red Adept Publishing in November 2017. She is also a Writers’ League of Texas Award Finalist for Point and Shoot, which will be available next year.
Laura lives on the edge of the Texas Hill Country with her husband, daughter and twin sons. When she isn’t writing or working, you’ll find her serving as the family Uber driver or at her kids’ sporting events. After several years of watching soccer, she still can’t tell when a player is off sides. #itsastupidrule. She does, however, know a bad volleyball call when she sees it. #itwasdefinitelyout
She spends too much money in bookstores.