After attending a charity fundraiser, private investigator Smokey Dalton and his powerful girlfriend discover a critically injured woman in his neighbor’s apartment, and his neighbor missing. Smokey gets the woman to a nearby hospital which proves to be a mistake: the doctor won't treat the dying woman until she tells him what happened to her.
Smokey works to save the woman and find his neighbor, but everything he does makes the situation worse. Smokey has entered a secret part of America - the arcane rules of a hospital trying to follow the law as well as save lives. None of it makes sense, and all of it threatens everything Smokey believes in.
"With Stone Cribs, her fourth Smokey Dalton mystery, Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author." (Salon.com)
"Without the slightest hint of preaching, Nelscott brilliantly illuminates the ugliness of that era - which defines Smokey’s world but does not destroy him. Because of Nelscott’s strong hand, it also does not overwhelm the drama of this remarkable story." (Publisher’s Weekly)
"Like the best of Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer stories, Kris Nelscott’s Smokey Dalton novels are infused with an understanding of the social, political, and moral complexities of the community in which they’re set. Her characters not only struggle with the contradictions that rule them but are in perpetual conflict with their surroundings. Thus, brutality is no surprise, but then neither is an act of kindness. The most dilapidated building may house a gentle soul or a rabid criminal, and so too may a luxurious home. This type of subtlety treats readers with a level of respect that makes for a rich, rewarding experience, and so it is with Stone Cribs, Nelscott’s exceptional new novel." (The Boston Globe)
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The Narrator/Reader was soooo slow it was sleep-inducing. Also, he emphasized the wrong syllables and words in sentences which made for a really broken performance. I have been trying to listen to this over the last two weeks - tonight I am giving up.
The reader. I couldn't tell if the story was good because the performance was so bad, I could not get past it.