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Stone Cribs (Smokey Dalton #4)

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It's Christmastime, 1969, in Chicago. After a night out, Smokey Dalton, Kris Nelscott's enigmatic African-American P.I., and his girlfriend find a young woman bleeding to death in his neighbor's apartment. Upon arriving with her at the hospital, they discover that her injuries are due to a botched illegal abortion.

This act of charity blooms into a more complicated situati
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2004)
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May 04, 2016 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of noir mystery
I'm continuing to enjoy the Smokey Dalton series centering on Smokey, an African-American man who solves problems for his friends. In this one, Smokey is returning home with his girlfriend Laura when they hear an ominous noise in his neighbor Marcella's apartment. When they check it out, they discover a woman badly bleeding. They rush her to the hospital where Laura has to fight with hospital staff to get the woman seen, as it appears that she's had an illegal abortion. It turns out Smokey's met ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Monica rated it liked it
It's winter 1969 when Smokey Dalton, unlicensed PI, is returning home from an Ella Fitzgerald concert with his wealthy white girlfriend. They hear a noise, which turns out to be a cry for help from an unknown woman at his neighbor's apartment. She is bleeding severely and Smokey and Laura take her to the hospital.

It turns out there was a botched abortion, and in the good old days when abortion was illegal, women could be prosecuted for having one, no matter what the circumstances. There could be
Kathleen Hagen
Stone Cribs, No. 4 Smokey Dalton, by Kris Nelscott, a-minus, Narrated by Mirron Willis, Produced by Audible Inc., downloaded from

Smokey and Jimmy have remained in Chicago during the third and fourth books. And Smokey and Laura Hathaway have resumed their relationship more openly. In fact he goes to a charity ball with her. When they come back to his apartment, they hears cries for help in his neighbor’s apartment next door. They find, not his neighbor, but another woman apparently b
Kae Cheatham
Apr 14, 2011 Kae Cheatham marked it as didnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
Although Nelscott has won awards for her previous Smokey Dalton novels, I'm not convinced this is up to caliber.

The story deals with 1969 Chicago, and the extreme racial tension between the black and white communities. Smokey is caught in the middle, since he dates a white wealthy entrepreneur. In this story, the main theme is adoption of black babies and illegal abortions. Smokey and his lady Laura arrive at his place after a banquet to find a woman hemorrhaging in a neighboring apartment. They
Aug 27, 2008 Therese rated it really liked it
Recommended to Therese by: Partners in Crime reading group
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Another good read in the Smokey Dalton series.
Smokey and his girl friend return home after a night out and discover a woman bleeding to death from an illegal abortion.
Going to look for the person responsible for this, brings Smokey into nasty situations and at the same time, he is finding his relationship with young Jimmy is becoming strained, for no reason that he can understand.
Kris Nelscott's Smokey Dalton books are very good. I am working through them a second time now, this time in audiobook format.
In Stone Cribs, the combination of a botched abortion and a friend's death forces Smokey into a moral crisis. He finds that sometimes there are no choices without negative consequences. Smokey has to protect family and friends even if it takes him outside the law. Great story with a powerful finish.
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Aug 15, 2015 Katie Sunsdahl rated it it was amazing
once again, I am enjoying this series of books
Kris Nelscott's Smokey Dalton books just keep getting better. I am powering through them now.
In Stone Cribs, a friend's death forces Smokey into a moral crisis. He finds that sometimes there are no choices without negative consequences. Smokey has to protect family and friends even if it takes him outside the law.
Very good book.
Aug 05, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
concerning a botched illegal abortion in 1969
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Nov 19, 2013 Jean-marie Heard rated it it was ok
Couldn't even finish it

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Dec 09, 2013 Renetha Addo rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Great series.
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer. She has written many novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery. Her novels have made the bestseller lists--even in London--and have been published in 14 countries and 13 different languages.

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