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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.
on March 05, 2013 :
Days of Rage kicks of in Chicago during 1969, a time of high tension (the Chicago Eight were on trial then). So, Smokey Dalton, being a large and noticeable black man, has to be extra careful in his movements. But, problems have a way of finding Smokey. While doing a routine building evaluation, Smokey stumbles across some bodies behind a brick wall in a basement. This find starts Smokey on an investigation that links early 1900s Chicago gang activity to present day police corruption. This story develops in a more leisurely fashion than is usual in a Smokey Dalton story; however, the story builds as old skeletons come out (both literally and figuratively) and it becomes shockingly violent near the end.
Days of Rage is the final (so far) Smokey Dalton historical mystery. (More please Ms Nelscott! ;-))
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)