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General Information

Name:  Kristine Kathryn Rusch  

Pen Name: Kris Nelscott, Sandy Schofield, Edward Heyer, Kris Rusch, Kristine K. Thompson


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1960 in Oneonta, New York

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Illinois Connection

Writes novels set in Chicago under the name Kris Nelscott

Biographical and Professional Information

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an award-winning mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy writer whose novels have been published in 14 countries in 13 different languages.Kristine is the former editor of ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction''. She lives and works on the Oregon Coast.

Published Works

    Written under the pen name, Kris Nelscott:
  • A Dangerous Road, St. Martin's Press, 2000
  • Smoke-Filled Rooms, St. Martin's Press, 2001
  • Thin Walls, St. Martin's Press, 2002
  • Stone Cribs, St. Martin's Press, 2004
  • War at Home, St. Martin's Press, 2005
  • Days of Rage, St. Martin's Press, 2006Written under the name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch:
  • Duplicate Effort, Roc, 2009
  • Diving into the Wreck, Pyr, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

A dangerous road /
ISBN: 0312262647. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2000.

In early 1968, Memphis private detective Smokey Dalton investigates why a white woman has left him so much money in her will. As tension mounts in the city, Smokey awaits a visit from his estranged friend, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Smoke-filled rooms /
ISBN: 0312262655. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. ©2001.

"Smokey Dalton has fled Memphis with Jimmy, 10-year-old witness of the Martin Luther King assassination. The man Jimmy saw kill King was not the man the police arrested and Smokey knows that Jimmy's life is in danger. Unfortunately for both, Smokey chooses Chicago as his hiding place. The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago makes that city a dangerous place for a man on the run."

Thin walls /
ISBN: 0312287836. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2002.

In 1969 Chicago, Smokey Dalton is hired to investigate the brutal murders of three African American men.

Stone cribs /
ISBN: 0312287844. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2004.

"A Smokey Dalton novel"--Cover.

War at home /
ISBN: 0312325274. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2005.

Searching for a missing Yale student who never arrived for his 1969 spring semester, African American private investigator Smokey Dalton pursues leads between the New Haven slums and New York City.

Days of rage /
ISBN: 0312325290. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2006.

In 1969, African-American private investigator Smokey Dalton and his adopted son, Jimmy, who witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., try to keep a low profile in Chicago as the city is thrown into chaos by the trial of the Chicago Eight, but they soon realize someone has tracked them down and is out to kill Jimmy.

Duplicate effort :
ISBN: 0451462602. OCLC Number:

ROC/New American Library,. New York :. 2009.

Retrieval Artist Miles Flint is on a mission to bring down a corrupt law firm. Then a journalist working with him is murdered, and Miles may be next. But before he can investigate, his daughter Talia--one of six clones of Miles' long-dead child--leaves to find the other five.

Diving into the wreck /
ISBN: 1591027861. OCLC Number:

Pyr,. Amherst, NY :. 2009.

Boss loves to dive derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Then one day, she finds the claim of a lifetime. But some secrets are best kept hidden, and the past wont give up its treasures without exacting a price in blood.


Herodotus Award, Best U.S. Historical Mystery for

A Dangerous Road

in 2000 Hugo Award, Best Novelette in 2001 Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award John W. Campbell Award

Speaking Engagements

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Contact Information

Agent Merrilee Heifetz Writers House 21 W. 26th St. New York, New York 10010 (212)