Book: Days of Rage

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Days of Rage: A Smokey Dalton Novel

Author: Kris Nelscott
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Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur

As racial tensions mount during the 1969 celebrity trial of the Chicago Eight, African American PI Smokey Dalton is keeping a low profile with his son, Jimmy, who knows a dark secret about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. When Smokey finds a group of skeletons hidden in the wall of a building hes inspecting for investor Lara Hathaway, his investigation leads him into Chicagos racist past and implicates some of the nations most powerful people in a deadly 1919 riot.

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 use to run it? It is 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.

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