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Stone Cribs: A Smokey Dalton Novel (English Edition)
 
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Stone Cribs: A Smokey Dalton Novel (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Kris Nelscott

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Sinossi

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.

"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
starred review

"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

Kris Nelscott is an open pen name used by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
The first Smokey Dalton novel, A Dangerous Road, won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery and was short-listed for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; the second, Smoke-Filled Rooms, was a PNBA Book Award finalist; and the third, Thin Walls, was one of the Chicago Tribune’s best mysteries of the year. Kirkus chose Days of Rage as one of the top ten mysteries of the year and it was also nominated for a Shamus award for The Best Private Eye Hardcover Novel of the Year.
Entertainment Weekly says her equals are Walter Mosley and Raymond Chandler. Booklist calls the Smokey Dalton books “a high-class crime series” and Salon says “Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author.”
For more information about Kris Nelscott, or author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s other works, please go to KrisNelscott.com or KristineKathrynRusch.com.

L'autore

Kris Nelscott is an open pen name used by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The first Smokey Dalton novel, A Dangerous Road, won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery and was short-listed for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; the second, Smoke-Filled Rooms, was a PNBA Book Award finalist; and the third, Thin Walls, was one of the Chicago Tribune’s best mysteries of the year. Kirkus chose Days of Rage as one of the top ten mysteries of the year and it was also nominated for a Shamus award for The Best Private Eye Hardcover Novel of the Year. Entertainment Weekly says her equals are Walter Mosley and Raymond Chandler. Booklist calls the Smokey Dalton books “a high-class crime series” and Salon says “Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author.” Smokey Dalton’s story will continue at long last in March 2014 with Street Justice, the seventh novel in the series. For more information about Kris Nelscott, or author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s other works, please go to KristineKathrynRusch.com.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 336
  • Utilizzo simultaneo di dispositivi: illimitato
  • Editore: WMG Publishing (11 dicembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B008BAKTTS
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5.0 su 5 stelle The ethics of doing bad to do good 17 settembre 2012
Di JS - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
I've read most of The Retrieval Artist (science fiction) series featuring Miles Flint, written by the same author under the name Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and see some interesting parallels with those books and this series featuring Smokey Dalton. Both Flint and Dalton are well-educated outsiders. Flint is a former computer whiz turned detective who steps away from policing when he can no longer enforce unfair laws. Dalton is an Korean vet turned unlicensed detective. Both men lost important family members to violence, and both are compelled to try to help children regardless of personal risk. Flint operates mainly on the moon in a domed city (Armstrong), while Dalton works on the South Side of Chicago in the late 1960s. Both locations are dangerous, scary places, although the Moon is somewhat less corrupt.

Rusch/Nelscott's range in pretty amazing. I believe that she is on par with Walter Mosley, and that's high praise.

It helps to read the Nelscott Smokey Dalton series in order because events build from book to book. You can follow the plot here but the subtleties of adult/child interactions in the book won't mean the same to you if you don't know the story of Jimmy and Smokey.

Briefly without trying to give too much away, in this book in the series, a woman nearly dies from an illegal abortion and Smokey (going by the name of Bill Grishman for reasons explained in earlier books) agrees to try to track down the butcher and find a way to end his atrocities. But that story quickly becomes intertwined with what's happening to kids on the South Side, where the Blackstone Rangers and the Black Panthers are competing with the Disciples for 10-year-old kids to run drugs and train to be assassination teams. To protect Jimmy and the children of his good friends the Grishmans, Smokey works out a deal with the Rangers, to inform them from time to time if he hears things that want to know in return for leaving the kids alone. It's a deal with the devil, and Smokey knows it. As he continues to try to find the abortionist he calls in a Polish cop who is going through some drastic ethical questioning about his own racism and the ethics of the Chicago cops circa 1969, and both of them attempt to help a black cop who has personal ties to the abortionist's victim. By the end of the book there's a lot of dead people, and only a few of the good guys have come out of it alive. The compromises made to get rid of some evil actors have led to an even more dangerous position for Smokey and Jimmy.

As with the other books in this series, I've bought them expecting to read a few chapters each evening, and have ended up staying up well past my bedtime because I have to read 'just one more chapter.' They are compelling, tough books about life for black people in the 60s, but they aren't preachy. You care about these people, you get angry for the arrogance and coldness of the white world, but you mostly just want them to survive.
5.0 su 5 stelle Well-written mystery set in a harsh worlod 5 settembre 2013
Di Cissa - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
I found this book very timely for today, because it's set in Chicago in 1968. There and then, abortion was very illegal- just as various pols are trying to make it today. The story starts with a graphic example of exactly whey that is a terrible, horrible, cruel idea.

There and then- and, so hope these pols, here and now- if a woman comes in with what might have been a botched abortion (or might be a natural miscarriage, of course), she is refused medical treatment until she reports the name of the abortionist. Obviously, if it's a miscarriage, she can't do that. And if she's in really bad shape, she can't do that. But- the hospitals require this since unless this happens, anyone who treats her could be charged with a felony, too. And then, to top it off- if she does get treatment before she dies, said treatment usually includes sterilizing her; obviously if she didn't want THIS baby- even though it might have been conceived by rape- she is unfit to ever be a mother.

The dying woman gets treatment, but only as a result of some fairly aggressive and (I think) unrealistically effective influence-peddling by Laura, Smokey's girlfriend and a member of an influential white Chicago family. If not for that, they would have preferred to let her bleed out in the entrance to the emergency room, while peppering her with questions.

Is this really what we want, again?

I did appreciate the subtle shout-out to the Jane collective, which tried to make safe albeit illegal abortions available to desperate women.

As a flourish to that, Smokey in his work finds a squatter family of a woman and 2 kids, all of whom are starving; the toddler has never eaten decently in her life. Their flat burned down; since they didn't then have an address, they could not get the welfare checks they depended on because they had no address- and no chance of getting one with NO money. While Helen said nothing about abortion herself, this is the sort of fate that forced-pregnancy advocates wish to force women into.

OK, I'm off my soapbox now!

The abortion subplot is not the theme of the novel, though it's a part of a major plot thread that becomes intertwined with the other major plot thread(s). Gangs, violence, r5acism, and corruption are again the themes, and again handled very well. While the past is a foreign country, these books will give those of us too young to remember it (and I'm just barely too young) a look into some of those appalling truths.

As always, Nelscott writes a very solid albeit complicated plot, filled with realistic and interesting characters who each have their own priorities and agendas. It was interesting to see 2 female characters- who had been at odds- bond over their shared desire to make sure that women who needed abortions had safe ones- and it's telling that this was all NEWS to Smokey, who just plain hadn't had or bothered to think about it before.

Also as always, Chicago in 1968 is maybe the most major character of them all. These books bring that foreign country to life.

Highly recommended. It could stand alone, but you'll get more out of it if you start with #1 in the series.
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 2 agosto 2014
Di SavannaIce - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Great read.

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