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A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1 | [Kris Nelscott]

A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.
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Publisher's Summary

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

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.

©2000 Kristine K. Rusch (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"More than just offering a puzzle, this novel encourages self-examination about identity, responsibility, and the consequences of choices. Smokey proves himself a man of conscience able to make tough choices." (Publisher’s Weekly)

"It's not hard to draw parallels between Nelscott’s PI Smokey Dalton and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins, another secretive, canny black man trying to solve mysteries while circumspectly navigating the white world. But Dalton’s no knock-off. (Would you label the hundreds of hard-boiled detectives who’ve appeared in Raymond Chandler’s wake mere Marlow Xeroxes because they’re white?)" (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-17-13
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-17-13

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Smokey Dalton"
    What did you love best about A Dangerous Road?

    I liked everyting about the book. It was part history, part mystery and part love story.


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Road to and why?

    I can't think of any book off hand that's quite like this one. At least not in the African American genre. Nothing that gives the reader so many different angles.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked the narrator. He spoke clearly and concisely. he almost over ennuciated his words. but that's ok. I'd rather have that than slurring his words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not sure. But I could definately see this as a film.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a author and a story-line I will definately follow.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer STAMFORD, CT, United States 01-12-14
    Amazon Customer STAMFORD, CT, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable and informative read."
    What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Road the most enjoyable?

    This book covers a time in history that I lived. I enjoyed the experience from the level of a real person.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but it had enough to it to keep me listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many scenes that I can't pick just one out as a favorite. It was a good book.


    If you could take any character from A Dangerous Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be the beautiful young lady who opened up Dalton's world with her appearance. She appears to have courage and insight that I would find interesting to learn more about.


    Any additional comments?

    It looks like the Smoky Dalton story will take a fair amount of time and the purchase of several books if I decide to read the entire thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R.W.Styles Montrose, Australia 02-23-14
    R.W.Styles Montrose, Australia 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A great listen to"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dangerous Road?

    I think this story captures the times & the characters of the 60's exactly as I remember them.


    If you could take any character from A Dangerous Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Smokey Dalton would make a great dinner companion


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this story because the characters are believable & are not not some super hero who can out shoot, out run & out think the most unbelievable super criminals on the earth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-18-13
    Ken Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family

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    "Interesting Slice of US History...but Ponderous"

    This detective is described as being physically intimidating and yet he fails to engage in even the most obvious opportunities to assist. He thinks about saying and doing things but just can't quite bring himself to make it happen. He's black and falls for a nice woman who is white. He's psychologically stuck in his heritage and thus little to nothing actually happens due to these feelings of either hatred or guilt or both. Makes for a boring book.
    Cheers, Ken

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. Sterry Los Angeles, CA 07-16-14
    S. Sterry Los Angeles, CA 07-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Brush up on History"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, I learned a bit of history from this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator !


    What does Mirron Willis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hes got a one of a kind booming, resounding, easy to listen to voice.


    Do you think A Dangerous Road needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Theres a few follow up books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronn BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-05-14
    Ronn BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-05-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great Audible find!"

    Nelscott has accurately re-created a racially divided Memphis of the early 60's as the backdrop for this unique detective novel. The plot is well-conceived and kept me guessing throughout. Smokey Dalton has quickly become one of my favorite detectives and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 03-05-14
    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I was surprised."

    I didn't know what I expected, but was really surprised when the book ended because I couldn't stop listening. It is a good book. I plan to get more of Kris Nelscott's books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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