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War at Home (Smokey Dalton #5)

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It's summertime in 1969 when African-American P.I. Smokey Dalton heads east to look for a missing college student. Daniel Kirkland never showed up for his spring semester at Yale and seems to have disappeared without a trace.
The search for Daniel takes Smokey from the hallowed halls of the nation's wealthiest university to the poorest slums on the outskirts of New Have
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 1st 2005)
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Apr 21, 2016 Carol. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, multi-culti
Smokey Dalton is once again looking for one of Grace Kirkland’s sons. This time it is Daniel, an intelligent black teen and former Yale student now caught up in the Revolution. Sightings of Daniel in the vicinity of Yale dovetail with Smokey’s restless feet, so he decides to investigate in person. Thankfully, its summer, so Jimmy can come, along with Malcolm as a co-investigator and child caregiver. Rising unrest in Chicago feels particularly threatening, so the investigation has the added benef ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Mervi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth book in the historical mystery series about Smokey Dalton.

It’s 1969 in Chicago and summer vacations at school have just started. Smokey Dalton and his adopted son Jimmy are still on the run from the FBI because Jim saw the person who really killed Dr. King, and now the police are after them. Jimmy’s teacher Grace Kirkland asks Smokey to search for her eldest son, Daniel. He had gotten a scholarship to Yale but she found out that Daniel hasn’t been in Yale for the spring semester. He se
Jan 10, 2014 Dick rated it it was ok
I didn't know what to think when my wife told me I should read War at Home by Kris Nelscott. At first I was dubious. A female author, white, writing from the point of view of a black male in the 1960's. From my perspective this was filled with potential problems. Add to this that rarely have my wife and I agreed on what makes an intriguing and what makes a poor book. However, I was surprised by how much I liked War at Home.

First, her protagonist, Smokey Dalton, despite having a somewhat silly na
It seems I can't get enough Smokey Dalton. This was my second time through War at Home, this time in audio format.
In this, the fifth book in the series, Grace Kirkland, a neighbor who tutors Smokey's son Jimmy, asks Smokey to find her missing son Daniel. The search takes him east. First he goes to New Haven to try to find out why Daniel never showed up for his spring semester at Yale. There he learns that Daniel has become involved in a radical antiwar movement and that he was asked to leave Yal
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In this, the fifth Smokey Dalton book, a friend of Smokey’s and Jimmy teacher, asks him to track down her son, Daniel Kirkland, who she hasn’t heard from for six months and who seems to be missing. Smokey, along with Jimmy, and Malcolm, goes first to New Haven to trace Daniel’s history at Yale. But Daniel has left New Haven and has moved on to New York City. Smokey hears more
Mar 07, 2013 Hedrives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting novel in the Smokey Dalton series. A white female author tells the story of a black male on the lamb during the mid 60s. Descriptions of the tension between races and how that permeated even the anti-war underground rang very true to someone who lived through and knows a lot of what was happening in those dark days. Best thing I can say is I want to read another from the series. Check it out for a change of pace from your typical procedural.
May 28, 2009 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Excellent series. Smokey Dalton is so human. Nelscott not only peoples her books with characters you'd like to know, but places them in a historical context that is not only educational, but thought provoking.
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Jun 25, 2015 Harry Addington rated it it was amazing
Very good story as Smokey Dalton heads to Yale and NYC helping out a friend look for her college student son turned bomb maker revolutionary.
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Another good book in the Smokey Dalton series.
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Aug 25, 2015 Katie Sunsdahl rated it liked it
pretty good, but not as good as the first ones in the series
Aug 05, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
the anti-war movement and the Weather Underground..and much
more. a great historical detective 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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