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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.

“Easy comparisons can be made to Dave Robicheaux, Spenser, and Easy Rawlins, but Smokey is his own man. Women want to be near him and cook his dinner as he settles his nerves with three fingers of Scotch. A great read for fans of detectives guarding an inner city’s grimy streets.” —Library Journal

“Dalton’s hard won small victory vividly illustrates a turbulent period of our recent cultural history.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“… a gripping read that drags us deeper into [Smokey] Dalton’s uneasy world.” —Entertainment Weekly on War at Home

Acclaim for the Smokey Dalton Series

• Edgar Award nomination
• Shamus nomination for Best Private Eye Hardcover Novel
• Winner of two Spotted Owl Awards for Best Mystery by a Northwest Writer
• Oregon Book Award Nomination

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Praise for the Smokey Dalton Series

“Nelscott’s series setting, in the turbulent late ’60s, gives her books layers of issues of racism, class, and war, all of which still seem to remain sadly timely today.” —Oregonian

“Nelscott has her own, very distinct voice, and her series creates its own deeply satisfying pleasures and cogent points.” —Seattle Times

“Nelscott is good at conveying the edgy caution that blacks once brought to their movements among white society.” —Houston Chronicle

“(A) crime writer deliberately taking chances.” —Chicago Tribune

“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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Read The Prequel to the New Kris Nelscott Novel

In October of 2017, the next Kris Nelscott novel will appear. It’ll feature Valentina Wilson instead of Smokey Dalton. (The next Smokey book will probably appear in 2018.) I’ve written about Val in Stone Cribs, and then again in a bunch of my short stories. She’s a different character in the short fiction than she is in Stone Cribs, due to life experience and the passage of time.

However, I’ve always wanted to write the novel that shows how she became the woman in the short stories. I had written three different versions before I realized I needed to tell a broader story. A Gym of Her Own will focus on Val, yes, but also on two other women—Pammy and Eagle.

Before I could write Gym, however, I needed to know who Pammy and Eagle were. So I did what I always do. I wrote a short story about them, which is now in the the January/February 2017 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The story “Blaming The Arsonist” features both women and the gym itself. You can even read an excerpt from the story online here.

I hope you enjoy the short story. I’ll let you know as soon as the novel becomes available for preorder.

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