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.


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)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting Slice of US History...but Ponderous

This detective is described as being physically intimidating and yet he fails to engage in even the most obvious opportunities to assist. He thinks about saying and doing things but just can't quite bring himself to make it happen. He's black and falls for a nice woman who is white. He's psychologically stuck in his heritage and thus little to nothing actually happens due to these feelings of either hatred or guilt or both. Makes for a boring book.
Cheers, Ken
Read full review

- Ken Draeger "I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review."

Smokey Dalton

What did you love best about A Dangerous Road?

I liked everyting about the book. It was part history, part mystery and part love story.

What other book might you compare A Dangerous Road to and why?

I can't think of any book off hand that's quite like this one. At least not in the African American genre. Nothing that gives the reader so many different angles.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I liked the narrator. He spoke clearly and concisely. he almost over ennuciated his words. but that's ok. I'd rather have that than slurring his words.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not sure. But I could definately see this as a film.

Any additional comments?

This is a author and a story-line I will definately follow.

Read full review

- Leslie "I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!"

Book Details

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