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.
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"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)
This book covers a time in history that I lived. I enjoyed the experience from the level of a real person.
No, but it had enough to it to keep me listening.
There were so many scenes that I can't pick just one out as a favorite. It was a good book.
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.
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.
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.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
I liked everyting about the book. It was part history, part mystery and part love story.
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.
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.
I'm not sure. But I could definately see this as a film.
This is a author and a story-line I will definately follow.
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.
I think this story captures the times & the characters of the 60's exactly as I remember them.
Smokey Dalton would make a great dinner companion
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.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
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.
Sure, I learned a bit of history from this.
The narrator !
Hes got a one of a kind booming, resounding, easy to listen to voice.
Theres a few follow up books.
A story that redefines the meaning of family and takes a man on a search to find the reason for the murder of his parents and what his ties may be to a wealthy family who anonymously gifts him with money.
Humanizing the history of the assassination of Martin Luther King is no small feat. We have so lionized the man and his movement that it is easy to forget that he was a man with friends and one who faced an unknowable future just as do we all. Kris Nelscott has placed her protagonist on the periphery of the civil rights movement but squarely in the center of the civil rights story. The mystery around which she winds her telling is a well-utilized MacGuffin but it is the richly drawn characters and simple, smart, informed style that make this book one to which I will return.
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