Days of Rage by Kris Nelscott
(Smokey Dalton Novels)

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It's 1969 and the city of Chicago is in turmoil. The celebrity trial of the Chicago Eight---charged with inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention---has begun. Protests abound over the trial and the conflict has caught the attention of everyone from the Black Panthers to city gangs to local trade unions.

Meanwhile, African-American P.I. Smokey Dalton and his adopted son, Jimmy, are keeping a low profile. They've been on the run from their native Memphis since Jimmy witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., but have slowly settled into a steady life in Chicago. Smokey continues to accept cases and to inspect property for Sturdy Investments, the real-estate company owned by Laura Hathaway, his on-again, off-again girlfriend.
But the delicate balance in Smokey's daily life is threatened when he makes a horrible discovery in a house he's inspecting. Does what they've found have any connection to Laura's business, and her father, who used to run it? Is it evidence of a long-ago killer, and if so, how has it remained buried for so long? Or is it something that could threaten Smokey---and Jimmy, and Laura---today? Smokey must answer all these questions before the truth about what he's found is discovered by someone willing to kill to keep it secret, while the violent chaos surrounding "the trial of the century" whirls around them.

About Kris Nelscott

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Kris Nelscott lives on the Oregon coast. The first Smokey Dalton novel, A Dangerous Road, won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery and was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; the second, Smoke-Filled Rooms, was a PNBA Book Award Finalist; the third, Thin Walls, was one of the Chicago Tribune’s best mysteries of the year; the fourth, Stone Cribs, was honored by the Wisconsin Library Association as one of the best books of 2005, and it and the fifth, War at Home, were both shortlisted for the Oregon Book Award. Visit her Web site at
Published December 16, 2013 by WMG Publishing. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Working with forensics expert LeDoux and autopsy specialist Minton, Smokey unbricks more bodies and some clues dating back to 1919 when the area, known as the Levee, was rife with gambling, prostitution, racial warfare over jobs, and cops used to dumping black troublemakers wherever they pleased.

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DAYS OF RAGE, Kris Nelscott's sixth Smokey Dalton mystery, provides the reader with a story full of hidden secrets and discovery.

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Historical Novel Society

This latest entry in the Smokey Dalton series concerns the racial politics of Chicago in 1969.

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