Kris Nelscott

Biography

Kris Nelscott is an open pen name used by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
The first Smokey Dalton novel, A Dangerous Road, won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery and was short-listed 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. Kirkus chose Days of Rage as one of the top ten mysteries of the year and it was also nominated for a Shamus award for The Best Private Eye Hardcover Novel of the Year.
Entertainment Weekly says her equals are Walter Mosley and Raymond Chandler. Booklist calls the Smokey Dalton books “a high-class crime series” and Salon says “Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author.”
For more information about Kris Nelscott, or author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s other works, please go to KrisNelscott.com or KristineKathrynRusch.com.

Books

Sob Sisters
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Madison, Wisconsin, 1972—When Detective Hank Kaplan calls Valentina Wilson to a crime scene, she wonders why. She soon finds more questions than answers in a secret room belonging to a wealthy female philanthropist, whose brutal murder the police hastily cover up.
Street Justice: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 102,930. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
In the first week of the new decade, an emergency phone call shatters Chicago Private Detective Smokey Dalton’s hopes for a good 1970. His adopted son Jimmy and Jimmy’s best friend and cousin Keith Grimshaw need help.
Clinic
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The party on Haight-Ashbury Street in San Francisco ended two years before and now only a handful of people remain to clean up the mess. One of them, the receptionist at the Free Clinic, studies medicine with the hope of becoming a doctor, but everyone—from her professors to the staff at San Francisco General—tell her she can’t because of her gender.
Family Affair: A Smokey Dalton Story
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Series: Smokey Dalton. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,670. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Smokey Dalton gets a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. When Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their problems.
Guarding Lacey: A Smokey Dalton Story
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Series: Smokey Dalton. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Private detective Smokey Dalton does his best to protect his adopted family, from his 11-year-old son Jimmy to his friends, the Grimshaws. But Smokey can’t see everything. Jimmy notices that Lacey Grimshaw—“thirteen going on trouble,” Smokey says—skips school to hang out with an adult man. Jimmy doesn’t want to tattle, but he’s worried about Lacey.
Days of Rage: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Series: Smokey Dalton, Book 6. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,960. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the landlord at one of Sturdy Investments’ South Side properties dies alone in his apartment, Smokey Dalton agrees to investigate. He finds old human bones in the basement, along with hints of more. As he and Laura, his girlfriend and Sturdy's CEO, dig deeper, they discover secrets that could threaten them, Sturdy, and one of Chicago’s greatest institutions. Secrets worth killing for.
War at Home: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Series: Smokey Dalton, Book 5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 116,040. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The case starts out close to home: Daniel Kirkland never arrived at Yale for the spring semester. What at first seems like a missing persons case becomes something bigger, as Smokey delves into the heart of the anti-war movement. Gradually he realizes that he has stumbled into America’s second war of the decade: the war at home.
Stone Cribs: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Series: Smokey Dalton, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 115,620. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Private investigator Smokey Dalton and his powerful girlfriend discover a critically injured woman in his neighbor’s apartment, and his neighbor missing. Smokey gets the woman to a nearby hospital, but the doctor won’t treat her until she tells him what happened to her. Smokey finds himself in a secret part of America. None of it makes sense, and all of it threatens everything he believes in.
Thin Walls: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Series: Smokey Dalton, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 121,260. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Smokey Dalton and Jimmy, the young boy he protects, have settled into a new life on Chicago’s South Side. But when Smokey gets hired to investigate the death of a black man in a local park, he realizes that the murder might not be an isolated case. The case forces Smokey to dig deeper into the area's history—and secrets. Secrets so dark, they threaten his very existence.
Smoke-Filled Rooms: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Series: Smokey Dalton, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 87,960. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
On the run after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Private Investigator Smokey Dalton has settled under an assumed name in Chicago. But history won’t leave him alone. His job in security at the Chicago Hilton places him in the center of the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Worse, a killer works his South Side neighborhood. Smokey must take action, before he loses everything.
A Dangerous Road: A Smokey Dalton Novel
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Series: Smokey Dalton, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 96,120. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Set against the backdrop of the strike and protests that will end with Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, A Dangerous Road combines the politics of race, betrayal, unexpected love, and the terrible cost of trust into a story so memorable the Mystery Writers of America chose it as one of the top five novels of the year.

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