Re: RARA-AVIS: Kris Nelscott - "Thin Walls"

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 31 Oct 2006

I've read the first two or maybe three. The first in the series involves a witness to the King assassination, after which the protagonists hide in Chicago in time for the events of 1968 there. I've enjoyed the books for their inside-history aspects, and they're written well enough, but the suspense-thriller-romance---generic genre, could we call it?---framing starts to pall.


E. Borgers asked:
> I'm reading a novel by Kris Nelscott: THIN WALLS- from her Smokey
> Dalton series (an occasional Black investigator). It seems to be
> something like a derivate from Walter Mosley's Easy Rowlins' series, a
> story centered on Black Americans but not really immersed in that
> community. And certainly not with the same social acuity that Mosley put
> in his works.
> It's a kind of thriller/suspense novel with some noir ingredients, but
> it seems to me rather superficial even if the author tries to reach
> higher grounds. Nelscott appears to be a prolific writer and produces
> many series.
> Any Avian who knows better her corpus could confirm (or contradict) my
> rather negative feelings about the writer and her Smokey Dalton series?
> Thanks in advance.

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