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Free Fiction Monday: Family Affair: A Smokey Dalton Story

Smokey Dalton gets a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. When Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their problems. Chosen as one of the best mystery short stories of 2009, “Family Affair” shows why Booklist calls the Smokey Dalton books “a high-class crime series.”

“Family Affair” by Edgar-award nominee Kris Nelscott is free on this website for one week only. The story’s available for $3.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Omnilit, Smashwords, and in other ebookstores.


Family Affair: 

A Smokey Dalton Story

Kris Nelscott


The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. There’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!


  1. January 21, 2014    

    Quite a story. I’ve been wondering if Smokey would make your short stories online.

    He definitely merits joining my novel queue.

    Thank you.

  2. January 21, 2014    

    I liked this one the first time it popped on here, and it’s still just as good on the reread.

    • January 21, 2014    

      Thanks, Liana. 🙂 Only it didn’t appear here before. It was free on Subterranean Online’s website. So far, I haven’t duplicated stories. I will have to eventually, but not for a while yet. (3.5 years and counting!)

  3. Dave Raines Dave Raines
    January 20, 2014    

    Thanks so much for giving us a sample of the Smokey Dalton stories. I’m curious about all your series and have sampled some of them, but not Smokey Dalton. A strong story. I did not see the end coming — the shooter, I mean.

  4. January 20, 2014    

    Nice. Thanks for sharing.

    Sorry, but I can’t turn off my proofread eye sometimes. Typo: “letting her anger out without aiming it at the woman we had **drive** an hour and a half to help.”

    • January 21, 2014    

      Thanks, Karen. I was traveling so I had to use the unedited file. I’ll fix it!

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