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.
"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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Interesting Slice of US History...but Ponderous
- Ken Draeger "I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review."
I liked everyting about the book. It was part history, part mystery and part love story.
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.
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.
I'm not sure. But I could definately see this as a film.
This is a author and a story-line I will definately follow.
- Leslie "I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!"