A Dangerous Road : Smokey Dalton

  • by Kris Nelscott
  • Narrated by Mirron Willis
  • Series: Smokey Dalton
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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." (Publisher’s Weekly)
"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyable and informative read.

What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Road the most enjoyable?

This book covers a time in history that I lived. I enjoyed the experience from the level of a real person.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, but it had enough to it to keep me listening.


Which scene was your favorite?

There were so many scenes that I can't pick just one out as a favorite. It was a good book.


If you could take any character from A Dangerous Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would be the beautiful young lady who opened up Dalton's world with her appearance. She appears to have courage and insight that I would find interesting to learn more about.


Any additional comments?

It looks like the Smoky Dalton story will take a fair amount of time and the purchase of several books if I decide to read the entire thing.

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- Amazon Customer

Breathtaking. Complex. Heartbreaking.

Humanizing the history of the assassination of Martin Luther King is no small feat. We have so lionized the man and his movement that it is easy to forget that he was a man with friends and one who faced an unknowable future just as do we all. Kris Nelscott has placed her protagonist on the periphery of the civil rights movement but squarely in the center of the civil rights story. The mystery around which she winds her telling is a well-utilized MacGuffin but it is the richly drawn characters and simple, smart, informed style that make this book one to which I will return.
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios