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"With Stone Cribs, her fourth Smokey Dalton mystery, Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author....Nelscott brings her mysteries both a sense of moral urgency and the instincts of the muckraking social novelist. She's a superb plotter with a steely grasp of how to sustain tension. I have yet to finish one of her Smokey Dalton novels without feeling that she has navigated the divisiveness of a tumultuous time in our collective social history..." Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

It's Christmas time, 1969, in Chicago. After a night out, Smokey Dalton, Kris Nelscott's enigmatic African-American P.I., and his girlfriend find a young woman bleeding to death in his neighbor's apartment. Upon arriving with her at the hospital, they discover that her injuries are due to a botched illegal abortion.

This act of charity blooms into a more complicated situation when Smokey learns that the woman became pregnant after being raped. The woman survives, but the fallout is deadly: Her ex-husband vows revenge at any cost. And in a city torn apart by racial strife, gang wars, and a burgeoning drug problem, Smokey believes that cost could be too high.

Kris Nelscott, one of the most nuanced, intelligent writers of crime fiction working today, has authored another heart-stopping, complicated novel of a country ripped apart at the seams and a lone man doing all he can to put things right.

Review:

"Without the slightest hint of preaching, Nelscott brilliantly illuminates the ugliness of that era — which defines Smokey's world but does not destroy him. Because of Nelscott's strong hand, it also does not overwhelm the drama of this remarkable story." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Apart from the strong continuing characters, the compelling treatment here of the pre-Roe v. Wade era-furtive and often grisly abortions...take this crackerjack series to new heights." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Nelscott skillfullly re-creates a troubled 1960s Chicago, complete with sympathetic protagonists who fight its racial inequalities, widespread ignorance, and political ineptness. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Nelscott has built a series that is both sensitive to the nuances of human relationships and painfully cognizant of how the uncontrollable forces of the historical moment can drive behavior. Another winner in a high-class crime series." Booklist

Synopsis:

African-American P.I. Smokey Dalton investigates the death of a black police detective in 1969 Chicago. The fourth in this critically-acclaimed series.

Synopsis:

Edgar-finalist Nelscott once again delivers a heart-stopping novel that is part thriller and part chronicle of one of the country's most turbulent times. It's 1969 in Chicago. Smokey Dalton saves the life of a young woman after a botched illegal abortion, and this act of charity blooms into a more complicated situation when Smokey learns that the woman had been raped.

Synopsis:

It's Christmastime, 1969, in Chicago. After a night out, Smokey Dalton, Kris Nelscott's enigmatic African-American P.I., and his girlfriend find a young woman bleeding to death in his neighbor's apartment. Upon arriving with her at the hospital, they discover that her injuries are due to a botched illegal abortion.

This act of charity blooms into a more complicated situation when Smokey learns that the woman became pregnant after being raped. The woman survives, but the fallout is deadly: Her ex-husband vows revenge at any cost. And in a city torn apart by racial strife, gang wars, and a burgeoning drug problem, Smokey believes that cost could be too high.

Kris Nelscott, one of the most nuanced, intelligent writers of crime fiction working today, has authored another heart-stopping, complicated novel of a country ripped apart at the seams and a lone man doing all he can to put things right.

About the Author

Kris Nelscott lives on the Oregon coast. The first Smokey Dalton novel, A Dangerous Road, won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery and was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; the second, Smoke-Filled Rooms, was a PNBA Book Award Finalist; and the third, Thin Walls, was one of the Chicago Tribune's best mysteries of the year.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312287849
Author:
Nelscott, Kris
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Abortion
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Rape victims
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
Dalton, Smokey
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
No. 4
Publication Date:
February 1, 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.40x6.50x1.08 in. 1.34 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312287849 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "With Stone Cribs, her fourth Smokey Dalton mystery, Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author....Nelscott brings her mysteries both a sense of moral urgency and the instincts of the muckraking social novelist. She's a superb plotter with a steely grasp of how to sustain tension. I have yet to finish one of her Smokey Dalton novels without feeling that she has navigated the divisiveness of a tumultuous time in our collective social history..." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "Without the slightest hint of preaching, Nelscott brilliantly illuminates the ugliness of that era — which defines Smokey's world but does not destroy him. Because of Nelscott's strong hand, it also does not overwhelm the drama of this remarkable story."
"Review" by , "Apart from the strong continuing characters, the compelling treatment here of the pre-Roe v. Wade era-furtive and often grisly abortions...take this crackerjack series to new heights."
"Review" by , "Nelscott skillfullly re-creates a troubled 1960s Chicago, complete with sympathetic protagonists who fight its racial inequalities, widespread ignorance, and political ineptness. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Nelscott has built a series that is both sensitive to the nuances of human relationships and painfully cognizant of how the uncontrollable forces of the historical moment can drive behavior. Another winner in a high-class crime series."
"Synopsis" by , African-American P.I. Smokey Dalton investigates the death of a black police detective in 1969 Chicago. The fourth in this critically-acclaimed series.
"Synopsis" by , Edgar-finalist Nelscott once again delivers a heart-stopping novel that is part thriller and part chronicle of one of the country's most turbulent times. It's 1969 in Chicago. Smokey Dalton saves the life of a young woman after a botched illegal abortion, and this act of charity blooms into a more complicated situation when Smokey learns that the woman had been raped.
"Synopsis" by ,
It's Christmastime, 1969, in Chicago. After a night out, Smokey Dalton, Kris Nelscott's enigmatic African-American P.I., and his girlfriend find a young woman bleeding to death in his neighbor's apartment. Upon arriving with her at the hospital, they discover that her injuries are due to a botched illegal abortion.

This act of charity blooms into a more complicated situation when Smokey learns that the woman became pregnant after being raped. The woman survives, but the fallout is deadly: Her ex-husband vows revenge at any cost. And in a city torn apart by racial strife, gang wars, and a burgeoning drug problem, Smokey believes that cost could be too high.

Kris Nelscott, one of the most nuanced, intelligent writers of crime fiction working today, has authored another heart-stopping, complicated novel of a country ripped apart at the seams and a lone man doing all he can to put things right.

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