Called “a first-rate storyteller” by Kirkus Reviews and “a crime writer deliberately taking chances” by the Chicago Tribune, award-winning author Kris Nelscott tackles the turbulent era of the late ‘60s with hard-hitting historical mysteries.
The Smokey Dalton series:
Called “an outstanding series” by Booklist and “triumphant” by the Chicago Tribune, Kris Nelscott’s Smokey Dalton mysteries boast numerous awards, including finalists for the Edgar and Shamus awards.
The Oregonian says: “The Nelscott 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.” And Entertainment Weekly says of the main character: “It’s not hard to draw parallels between Nelscott’s PI Smokey Dalton and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins…”
A Gym of Her Own:
Coming in October 2017, A Gym of Her Own continues the story of Valentina “Val” Wilson (from the Smokey Dalton series) and introduces June “Eagle” Eagleton and Pamela “Pammy” Griffin to provide an amazing trip into the experiences and lives of 1969 Berkeley told with Nelscott’s usual riveting attention to detail.
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
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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