Courtney Pierce, author
If there’s one thing author Olivia Novak loves more than books it’s family dirt. The success of her deceased mother’s best-selling novel begs for further investigation to find out if the so-called fictional murder is true. But Olivia has one complication: the new love of her life, 62-year-old attorney Woody Rainey, is connected to the story through his mother, too. And now, dead mothers tell no tales. Cracking open the family “dirtball” requires a call to Olivia's street team in Portland, Oregon: her two sisters, Lauren and Danny, a Portland cop, and a pair of wise-guy therapy dogs, Pogo and Beauregard. Protecting Mom’s reputation takes more than an unbreakable sibling bond and a vow of lifelong love—it requires a risk of life and limb to have a sit-down with elderly mobsters in a Pennsylvania prison.