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September 12, 2008 / C.T. Henry

FORGOTTEN BOOK: A Dangerous Road

A DANGEROUS ROAD – Kris Nelscott -2000

Most readers haven’t heard of Kris Nelscott.  Many probably know her as Kristine Kathryn Rusch, an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. In fact, she’s written many novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery.

In this first book in the series, Smokey Dalton takes on an unusual client–Laura Hathaway–a white woman, who is curious about her dead parents’ past. In addition, Laura’s mother leaves Smokey $10,000 in her will. Years ago, Smokey accepted the same amount from an anonymous source. The book really works because Smokey has a personal stake in the case. What he finds out about Laura’s parents will also lead him to uncover some dark secrets of his own troubled past.

Smokey Dalton leaps off the pages as a smart, moral, and meticulous black detective, who is as real as you and me. With Memphis’ 1968 Sanitation workers’ strike as the historical backdrop, you know you’re in for an intense reading experience. Nelscott’s polished writing brilliantly captures the time period and adds to the book’s allure.  All the characters are well developed, the dialogue is fresh, and the mystery unravels quite naturally.

Simply brilliant!

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  1. Cathy / Sep 12 2008 7:37 pm

    I’m one of the readers who has heard of Nelscott. I read A Dangerous Road a few months ago and thought it was excellent. I’ve got the second in the series on my TBR shelves.

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