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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.

Smokey arrives at a South Side hotel across from the boys’ school in time to clean up a horrible mess, one the boys mostly solve on their own. But the boys’ heroic actions echo across all of Chicago. Smokey finds himself standing alone against street gangs, the mob, and the Democratic Machine.

If he fights this battle and fails, he stands to lose not only Jimmy and their future together, but also his life.

©2014 Kristine K. Rusch (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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What do you do when you cannot go to the police?

In the early cruel winter months of 1970 Smokey Dalton is struggling re-stabilize his life after the gut wrenching events of "Days of Rage". He receives a frantic phone call from his son's friend, Keith Grimshaw. Keith's 13-year-old sister, Lacey, has been lured to the Starlite Hotel and attacked. Smokey hurries to the Starlight and finds that his "son" Jimmy has rescued Lacey from a rapist. He rushes the injured and traumatized girl to hospital.
When Dalton tracks down the rapist, he discovers that Lacey is not the only victim. The Outfit, a mob-based group with political connections has been preying on girls from Lacey's school and brutally forcing them into prostitution. Smokey tries to get help from official channels but soon finds that the police have been bought off and other options are blocked. Then, just when things are starting to look hopeless, he finds unlikely allies. Street justice will be required to stop this evil, and Smokey Dalton and his allies are just the ones to administer it.
I love this series. Smokey Dalton is a real hero.

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Excellent but Bittersweet

Wonderful story. It is bittersweet because there is not another book in the series.

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  • Shaden
  • Sugarland, TX, United States
  • 07-31-15

my favorite Nelscott book

this book had me on edge from the absolute beginning till the absolute end. interesting to see how much smokey has changed with every book.

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  • C Smith
  • Northern California
  • 05-27-15

Some of the best listening ever.

loved it. I've listened to all Nelscott ' s books and enjoyed all of them. They were full of suspense, intrigue and most entertaining. I'm waiting for her next book. Good job Kris!