Smokey Dalton

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 744 ratings

A Dangerous Road 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.
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  • Book 1

    • A Dangerous Road

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 1
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 325
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 286

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable and informative read.

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Smoke-Filled Rooms

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 2
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    On the run after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Private Investigator Smokey Dalton and Jimmy, the young boy he rescued, have settled under assumed names in Chicago. But history won’t leave him alone. His job in security at the Chicago Hilton places him in the center of the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Worse, a killer works his South Side neighborhood, killing children. Smokey can’t ignore the crimes, any more than he can ignore the tension building in the city that hot August. He has to take action, before he loses everything.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very well done!

    • By Shaden on 06-19-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Thin Walls

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 3
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    Smokey Dalton and Jimmy, the young boy he protects, have settled into a new life on Chicago’s South Side. But when Smokey gets hired to investigate the death of a black man in a local park, he realizes that the murder might not be an isolated case. The Chicago Police Department doesn’t really investigate black deaths, particularly near the South Side. Smokey thinks the case easy, until he digs deeper into the history of the area, a history that includes gangs, racism, and secrets so dark they threaten his very existence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Awesome book

    • By J.Gant on 05-17-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Stone Cribs

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 4
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    After attending a charity fundraiser, private investigator Smokey Dalton and his powerful girlfriend discover a critically injured woman in his neighbor’s apartment, and his neighbor missing. Smokey gets the woman to a nearby hospital which proves to be a mistake: the doctor won't treat the dying woman until she tells him what happened to her. Smokey has entered a secret part of America - the arcane rules of a hospital trying to follow the law as well as save lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THE BEST IN THE SERIES TO DATE

    • By Lanna S. Seuret on 03-02-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • War at Home

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 5
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    The case starts out close to home: Daniel Kirkland never arrived at Yale for the spring semester. Daniel's mother Grace, a friend of Smokey Dalton's and his son Jimmy's beloved teacher, sacrificed everything to get Daniel into one of the country’s most prestigious schools. What at first seems like a missing persons case becomes something bigger, as Smokey delves into the heart of the anti-war movement. Gradually he realizes that he has stumbled into America’s second war of the decade: the war at home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • VERY RUGGED - THE WORST OF THE BLACK PANTHERS

    • By Lanna S. Seuret on 03-10-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Days of Rage

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 6
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    Chicago, 1969: The trial of eight protestors from the Democratic Convention the previous year has the whole world watching - and all of Chicagoland on edge. Smokey Dalton feels the pressure: more cops on the streets, more FBI in his neighborhood. But when the landlord at one of Sturdy Investments’ South Side properties dies alone in his apartment, Smokey agrees to investigate. He finds old human bones in the basement, along with hints of more. Smokey and his girlfriend, Sturdy’s CEO Laura Hathaway, worry that Laura’s father knew who used that basement and why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book 6 - May Be the Best of the Series

    • By Dr. Meggin McIntosh on 12-07-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 7

    • Street Justice

    • Smokey Dalton, Book 7
    • By: Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What do you do when you cannot go to the police?

    • By Clyde M. Wisham Jr. on 09-11-14

    Regular price: $24.95