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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

Ebook available from your favorite ebook seller and trade paperback available from your favorite bookstore.

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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Dark Justice Storybundle

Dark Justice ad2I am very pleased to announce that my novel, A Dangerous Road, is part of a mystery Storybundle. Storybundles give you a chance to order inexpensive ebooks as a sampler. This bundle features the first novels in a variety of series, from award-winner Melissa Yi’s Hope Sze series to New York Times bestseller Rebecca Cantrell’s new Joe Tesla series.

You can also sample series novels from Dean Wesley Smith, J. Daniel Sawyer, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Patrice Greenwood, and David DeLee. Grand Master Lawrence Block provides a sampler all his own of Matthew Scudder short stories, and New York Times bestseller Julie Hyzy presents the first book in what I hope will be a new series as well.

I know some of you haven’t yet tried A Dangerous Road, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel, and won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery.

About the novel, Publisher’s Weekly said, “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.”

And the Philadelphia Inquirer adds, “Nelscott has an absorbing story to tell, and she does it justice.”

So pick up the bundle. For as little as $15, you can get all ten ebooks—and donate to a charity. If you want to give the bundle as a gift, you can do that as well.

But hurry! This bundle runs until November 21. After that, you won’t be able to get these books at this price again. Click here to order.

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