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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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Street Justice Nominated For Shamus!

Street Justice eboo#14C5CF9I am honored to announce that my novel, Street Justice, has been nominated for a Shamus award given by the Private Eye Writers of America. I found out when I woke up yesterday on a rare day off, and it was the perfect way to start a perfect day. I’m completely thrilled and more than a little gobsmacked. For those of you who don’t know, the Shamus is for Private Eye novels. Smokey Dalton may not have a P.I. license, but that’s because he never wants to be on the books. And it’s so nice to see him recognized  again, this time for a novel from WMG Publishing.

The book is in the Best Paperback Original category, along with novels by Michael Craven, M.C.Grant, Robert K. Lewis, and Vincent Zandri. I’m honored to be in their company. 

For a list of all the nominees, please click this link. The award will be given at Bouchercon in October. I’m thrilled. Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with the nomination!

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