Pre-release links set for ‘The Weight of Living’; Kindle, Kobo. Out April 26.

The third Frank Nagler Mystery, “The Weight of Living,” will be released on Wednesday, April 26.

My publisher Imzadi Publishing, has set up online pre-release links to secure your copy of the book, for Kindle or Kobo ebook formats

Kindle version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071CXW1JW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_xnQ-yb4WA6C3Y

Kobo ebook version: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-weight-of-living

weightcover2-2-17 “The Weight of Living:” A young girl is found in a grocery store Dumpster on a cold March night wearing just shorts and a tank top. She does not speak to either Detective Frank Nagler, the social worker called to the scene, or later to a nun, who is an old friend of Nagler’s.

What appears to be a routine search for the girl’s family turns into a generational hell that drags Nagler into an examination of a decades old death of a another young girl, and the multi-state crime enterprise of the shadowy ringmaster.

The deeper Nagler looks, the more he and his companions are endangered, until the shocking climax that leaves Nagler questioning his actions to both solve the crimes and heal his damaged soul.

 

The previous Nagler books are:

“The Swamps of Jersey” (2014) is about political corruption and murder, and I attempted to write it in real time, that is to say, reflecting some of the activities that mark our present lives, but use them in a story that is broad and wide, and with luck, filled with the lives of characters struggling to make sense of troubled times. The central character is Frank Nagler, a cop, whose troubled heart is ever present.

Nagler is called out on stormy night to investigate the report of a dead woman in the Old Iron Bog. It is the first event in a chain of events that set the hard-luck city of Ironton, N.J. on edge. Besides the possible murder, the city was flooded when a week-long storm settled in and wrecked homes, businesses, and streets, and Nagler is trying to make sense of a series of letters that claim to expose theft of city funds, except they are so incomplete he wonders if it is really so.

Then there is Lauren Fox, a woman sent to Ironton to jump-start economic development. She and Nagler are attracted to one another and begin to become serious when she leaves town without an explanation. Nagler was an emotional recluse following the death of his wife years before. They had been childhood sweethearts, and her death crushed Nagler.

 

The story of Frank Nagler picks up two years after “Swamps”  in “A Game Called Dead” (2016)

Ironton, N.J., is still a city struggling with its economic and rebuilding troubles, but new heroes emerge. Meanwhile a break-in at the local college leaves two women badly beaten, and one later dies. Following a series of criminal acts in the city, including several that damage the book store owned by Leonard, Nagler’s friend, the story takes on a sinister twist.  The title comes from the students’ name for a video game that has taken on a real-world life. They call it “A Game Called Dead.”

The story is tense and propulsive.

The Nagler books are available online at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

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New library date: May 20 at North County Library, Clinton, NJ

I will be reading from and discussing the Frank Nagler Mystery series at the North County Branch Library, Hunterdon County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, from 11 to noon, Saturday, May 20.

 Thanks to adult program coordinator Dana Neubauer for setting up the visit.

This is the second time I have read at the North County library.

This will be first chance to read from the third book in the series, “The Weight of Living,” set to be released April 26.

I will also be at the West Deptford Township Book Festival at the Riverwinds Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 6.

I will be reading from all three Nagler stories at the Mountainside Public Library, Constitution Center, Mountainside, N.J. at 1 p.m., June 17

The books are also available at the following New Jersey libraries:

Mountainside; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

 

The Nagler books are available online at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

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‘The Weight of Living’ trailer released on YouTube

My publisher, Imzadi Publishing, has posted on YouTube a video trailer (that makes me sound all techie, doesn’t it?) for “The Weight of Living,” the third Frank Nagler Mystery. The trailer was developed by graphic artist Anita Dugan-Moore, who also designed the  covers of the three books. She is actually techie.

The book will be released April 26.

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVSlNwqbhIM

weightcover2-2-17 Synopsis: “The Weight of Living” (2017) brings Frank Nagler face-to-face with a soulless, manipulative killer whose crimes stretch back decades.

A young girl is found in a grocery store Dumpster on a cold March night wearing just shorts and a tank top. She does not speak to either Detective Frank Nagler, the social worker called to the scene, or later to a nun, who is an old friend of Nagler’s.

What appears to be a routine search for the girl’s family turns into a generational hell that drags Nagler into an examination of a decades old death of a young girl, and the multi-state crime enterprise of the shadow ringmaster.

The deeper Nagler looks, the more he and his companions are endangered, until the shocking climax that leaves Nagler questioning his actions to both solve the crimes and heal his damaged soul.

The story is entangled, deeply involving and holds an emotional grip.

 

Links to the trailers for the other two Nagler books are:

“The Swamps of Jersey:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbtklgTeJ1E

THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY

The first Frank Nagler mystery. Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart

Synopsis: “The Swamps of Jersey” (2014) is about political corruption and murder, and I attempted to write it in real time, that is to say, reflecting some of the activities that mark our present lives, but use them in a story that is broad and wide, and with luck, filled with the lives of characters struggling to make sense of troubled times. The central character is Frank Nagler, a cop, whose troubled heart is ever present.

Nagler is called out on stormy night to investigate the report of a dead woman in the Old Iron Bog. It is the first event in a chain of events that set the hard-luck city of Ironton, N.J. on edge. Besides the possible murder, the city was flooded when a week-long storm settled in and wrecked homes, businesses, and streets, and Nagler is trying to make sense of a series of letters that claim to expose theft of city funds, except they are so incomplete he wonders if it is really so.

Then there is Lauren Fox, a woman sent to Ironton to jump-start economic development. She and Nagler are attracted to one another and begin to become serious when she leaves town without an explanation. Nagler was an emotional recluse following the death of his wife years before. They had been childhood sweethearts, and her death crushed Nagler.

 

“A Game called Dead:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT22V9TwhtM

 

DEADCOVER715 deadawardpic Synopsis: The story of Frank Nagler picks up two years after “Swamps”  in “A Game Called Dead” (2016)

Ironton, N.J., is still a city struggling with its economic and rebuilding troubles, but new heroes emerge. Meanwhile a break-in at the local college leaves two women badly beaten, and one later dies. Following a series of criminal acts in the city, including several that damage the book store owned by Leonard, Nagler’s friend, the story takes on a sinister twist.  The title comes from the students’ name for a video game that has taken on a real-world life. They call it “A Game Called Dead.”

The story is tense and propulsive.

 

The Nagler books are available online at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The fictional ‘It’ and the ‘Not-It’

Sometimes there is no way to boil down the choices ones makes while writing a story.

That issue surfaced at a recent meeting of the Phillipsburg Library writers group after I read the opening of the next Frank Nagler mystery, “The Weight of Living.”

weightcover2-2-17 To my regret, I answered the questions a little less artfully than I should have, instead perhaps sounding annoyed or even defensive.

So, I’ll try again here.

A happenstance in mysteries is that characters lie. All the time.

Authors also lie and misdirect by leaving out pieces of information or adding information through  a character that is deliberately misleading.

I sometimes call this the “It” and the “Not-It.”

The “It” is what is presented, and the “Not-It” is what is slipped quietly into the scene and becomes vitally important later.

 

This is part of the scene. The girl was discovered standing in a Dumpster outside a grocery store on a frigid March night:

“She seemed hollow, the girl did.  Breathing, hearing, touching, but absent.  Small, dark dots sunk into an ashen blank face, eyes impossibly dull for someone so young, eyes that stared straight ahead at the faded green wall; hard, eyes so hard that did not seem to register the color of the wall, the brown of the tabletop, the lightbulb above her head or the presence of anyone else; eyes lightless, passages not to a dark soul, but to one seemingly hidden or removed; spaces missing life. Eyes not filled with pain, but absence.

Robotic. From the police car to the police station and into the back office she walked with slow, short steps, and once in the room without being told, she slipped sideways into the green vinyl chair with the tear in the seat that exposed the white cotton batting inside; the chair that engulfed her, hips too small to fill the worn indentation in the center of the seat as she faced the wall, folded her hands on the table and sat upright.

Her hair was raggedly cut and filthy, as was her thin, damaged body.  Grime lived in her skin folds, under her fingernails, on and in her skin so deeply its color changed from white to brown-gray; dirt so thick her skin shed water like plastic.

She had been sitting in the back office at the Ironton, New Jersey police station for an hour after patrol removed her about ten o’clock that night from a grocery store garbage bin.  She had neither offered words, nor responded to questions, not even a nod or a shake of her head. A bottle of water sat on the table untouched.”

The questions were about the absence of an ambulance at the grocery store and why the police officer who found her did not place his jacket around her shoulders.

My response at the time did not convey that the exclusion of such acts was not an accident, but was deliberate.

The reason these two points matter is that the reader is convinced by this scene that the girl is homeless. The social worker later in the scene plants that suggestion, and the cops do what cops do, and plan a search for more homeless kids.

That is the “It.”

The question that is not answered is: How long as the girl been on the street before she is found? The reason the police officer cannot place his jacket on her shoulders is what he might discover at that point.

That is a clue to the girl’s situation that I as the writer did not want to give in the fourth paragraph of the story when this scene is analyzed and  explained  numerous times and by several characters over the length of the book, including in the very last scene.

Oh, how terrible that she is homeless. But is she?

The “Not-It” is the double take that Officer Garrett Alton later gives the girl as they cross paths at the police station. That part of the scene is slipped quietly in at the end, a seemingly normal, but unimportant detail.

But is it?

“The Weight of Living” is due to be released on April 26 by Imzadi Publishing.

 

The other Frank Nagler books, “The Swamps of Jersey,” and “A Game Called Dead,” are available at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

The books are also available at the at the following New Jersey libraries: Mountainside; Franklin Township (Gloucester County); Deptford Free Public Library; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nagler books accepted by new libraries; festival, readings scheduled

The Frank Nagler Mysteries are now available at two new libraries.

Thanks to the Deptford Free Public Library and Franklin Township Library for accepting into their collections. “The Swamps of Jersey,” and the award-winning “A Game Called Dead.”

The books are also available at the following New Jersey libraries:

Mountainside; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

 

The third book in the series, “The Weight of Living,” will be published by Imzadi Publishing on April 25

The first two Nagler stories are available at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

I will also be at the West Deptford Township Book Festival at the Riverwinds Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 6.

I will be reading from all three Nagler stories t the Mountainside Public Library, Constitution Center, Mountainside, N.J. at 1 p.m., June 17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Howard Newton explains political corruption in ‘The Swamps of Jersey’

Howard Newton in my mystery, 2014’s “The Swamps of Jersey.” understood exactly what’s going on in Washington, D.C. these days.

Newton is a former mayor of Ironton, N.J. He’s an old style ward heeler,  favor collector and dispenser of the political goodies. He dresses up his corruption in populism.

Newton: “So they set up an alternative way of doing business, because, hell, they had no money, but mostly they knew they could not trust the mill owners or the bosses or the bankers, the landlords or anyone who had control over their lives. So we all did favors, and some of the favors got big.  It was how we fought back against a system that was killing us, one in which if we played by the rules, we had no chance to succeed.”

The first Frank Nagler mystery. Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart

The old man placed the cigar on an ashtray, stood up and put his hands in his pants pockets.

“Did that make us corrupt?  Don’t think so.  Made us traders.  Trade something, get a little extra for it when you trade it again. It was all so small time.  But you know what?  People didn’t lose their homes to the banks.  If they got behind somehow it was made right.  And when they got hurt on the job and the factory boss threw them out, their kids got fed, and the house got fixed.  Then they did a little work for you.  Look at that flood last week.  Those people will be paying off those repairs  for years because the insurance companies who sold them home insurance didn’t tell them that it didn’t cover  water damage.

“What’s it mean when a lobbyist for the oil business sits in a committee room and helps a Congressman write a bill about oil regulations?  Or when the bankers cook the books in a way that even other bankers can’t figure it out? The U.S. Supreme Court gave human rights to corporations and said that money is free speech; said big companies can cheat women out of equal pay. The big stores pay so little or schedule employees so they work a little less than full time so they have to get health insurance from the government.”  Newton pointed a finger at Dawson.

“That’s corruption, Jimmy.  Big time, in your face, stop us if you can corruption and they have the money, the lawyers and the rules to make it stand up.”

Clouds overhead shifted and Newton was suddenly standing in full sunlight; like a bat he shuffled back into the shade of the patio.

“They make rule after rule to shut that door of opportunity for the little guy. Get their hands around the throats of the middle class and squeeze.  They make deals that only benefit themselves and their money men.  The cut taxes for the rich and screw the poor.  Remember that congressman who wanted to get rid of Medicare and let the insurance companies run it?  That would put old folks out of their homes, take food from their mouths.  These assholes act like the Great Depression happened to somebody else.

“They won’t be happy till they grind everyone else under their wheels, the grinning bastards.  Eisenhower said fear the military-industrial complex.  These guys make the military-industrial complex look like a carnival, such is their immeasurable greed.”

 

“The Swamps of Jersey,” and  the sequel, “A Game Called Dead” are available at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

The books are also available at the at the following New Jersey libraries: Mountainside; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

 

 

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Join me at the South Jersey Book Expo, March 11

I’ll be attending the South Jersey Book Expo on Saturday, March 11.

The event is sponsored by BrokenBars Publishing. The event is at the Deptford Mall, 1750 southjerseyDeptford Center Road, Deptford, N.J. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first floor rotunda.  I have a feeling you can’t miss it.

I’ll have for sale copies of the two Frank Nagler Mysteries, “The Swamps of Jersey,” and “A Game Called Dead,” published by Imzadi Publishing. “A Game Called Dead” was a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Book contest.

 

The stories detail the lives and investigations of Ironton, N.J. detective Frank Nagler.

Here’s some comments, since this post is, after all, a sales pitch.

On “The Swamps of Jersey:”

“Synopsis: Detective Frank Nagler is like Ironton NJ – worn down by life but certainly not beaten. Nagler is faced with a body dumped near the swamp that was supposed to be turned into a mall. This body, however, has no head or hands, making solving the crime much more difficult. Adding to the difficulty is the possibility that Nagler’s former

THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY

The first Frank Nagler mystery. Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart

girlfriend may be involved either as a perpetrator or a victim in a political cover-up that may relate to the murder. Review: This was an interesting story with a nicely convoluted story line. The characters are also interesting in that they cause an emotional reaction – either you like them or you are suspicious of them.”

And:

“A classic cop/reporter story written with plenty of clues, enough to keep you guessing until the end.”

On “A Game Called Dead:”

“Loved “A Game Called Dead”. I was so enthralled I literally could not stop reading until I finished it. I was eager for this book after reading Mr. Daigle’s first book in the series, but now I can’t wait for the next one. Highly recommend both of these books to everyone.”

 

deadawardpic “We aviDEADCOVER715d fans of Detective Frank Nagler, introduced in Michael Stephen Daigle’s “The Swamps of Jersey,” rejoiced to find him featured in “A Game Called Dead.”  This intricately woven thriller is dominated by an Internet  crime game that comes to life. The game will end only with the death of the one searching for the perpetuator of the game and the crimes. Breath-holding moments keep readers riveted on the outcome for their hero. — Alice Marks, author of the suspense novel, “Missing.” (A wonderful story, BTW.)

 

The last comment is from author Devorah Fox, whose writing is so good it both invigorates me to write better, and terrifies me that I cannot:

I greatly enjoyed the first Frank Nagler story, “Swamps of Jersey.” The writing is superb, settings so vividly portrayed as to be nearly palpable. The plot is engaging and the main character captivating. I was thrilled to learn that a second Frank Nagler story was in the works and couldn’t wait to read it.

In “A Game Called Dead,” Frank Nagler is still intriguing, a man whose sense of morality drives him to soldier on despite his deep personal pain. I may have actually hit on one of the clues well before the book ended which didn’t at all detract from the reading pleasure. The story isn’t so much a “whodunit” as a “why they dun it,” and the wide-ranging effects of the crime. I was rooting for Nagler to solve it because this very private person reveals himself in the how and why of his detective work. The only question I had left when I was finished was “when’s the next Frank Nagler book coming out?”

 

Here’s also a hint at what’s next: “The Weight of Living,” due April 25:

 

weightcover2-2-17“The Weight of Living didn’t disappoint. It presents a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. The crime involves stones that many influential people would like to see unturned, stones that have kept secrets buried for generations. Despite grave opposition and at personal cost, Nagler, driven by his moral code, compassion, and commitment to help the helpless, keeps digging until he and his worthy cohorts have uncovered the truth. I sincerely hope this series continues.”

The first two Nagler stories are available at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

The books are also available at the at the following New Jersey libraries: Mountainside; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

 

 

 

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Cover for ‘The Weight of Living’ is ready

I am so lucky to have the talented Anita Dugan-Moore designing the covers of the Frank Nagler Mystery series.

weightcover2-2-17 Here is her cover for the next one, “The Weight of Living,” due April 25. My publisher is Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa.

 

 

 

The first two Nagler stories — “The Swamps of Jersey,” and the award-winning “A Game Called Dead,” —  are available at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

The first Frank Nagler mystery. Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart

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Author Devorah Fox commented on the Frank Nagler series.  Find her on Amazon and other sites. Fantasy, (The King Bewilliam series); and   wicked-good detective stories, lately, “The Zen Detective,” and “Detour.” :

“I greatly enjoyed the first Frank Nagler story, “Swamps of Jersey.” The writing is superb, settings so vividly portrayed as to be nearly palpable. The plot is engaging and the main character captivating. I was thrilled to learn that a second Frank Nagler story was in the works and couldn’t wait to read it.

 

In “A Game Called Dead,” Frank Nagler is still intriguing, a man whose sense of morality drives him to soldier on despite his deep personal pain. I may have actually hit on one of the clues well before the book ended which didn’t at all detract from the reading pleasure. The story isn’t so much a “whodunit” as a “why they dun it,” and the wide-ranging effects of the crime. I was rooting for Nagler to solve it because this very private person reveals himself in the how and why of his detective work. The only question I had left when I was finished was “when’s the next Frank Nagler book coming out?”

 

The Weight of Living didn’t disappoint. It presents a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. The crime involves stones that many influential people would like to see unturned, stones that have kept secrets buried for generations. Despite grave opposition and at personal cost, Nagler, driven by his moral code, compassion, and commitment to help the helpless, keeps digging until he and his worthy cohorts have uncovered the truth. I sincerely hope this series continues.”

The books are also available at the at the following libraries: Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

Also at:  Bobby’s News and Gifts, 618 Main Street, Boonton.

The Clinton Book Shop, 12 E. Main Street, Clinton. http://www.clintonbookshop.com/

Sparta Books, 29 Theatre Center, Sparta. http://www.spartabooks.com/

For information on independent book sellers visit, http://www.indiebound.org/

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Frank Nagler mysteries as dystopian saga

Is my Frank Nagler mysteries series actually a dystopian saga? It’s a thought.

Granted, I don’t have beautiful, heroic teen-agers running through carefully staged ruins fighting the evil establishment and seeking to create a new utopian society.

Dystopia is generally defined as a situation of chaos and hopelessness.

So, three books into the series, a pattern is evident: The stories have evil, a city in social and at times deliberate economic chaos, terrorism, death, a sense of hopelessness among the citizenry, streets filled with protestors, and empty broken building, piles of  debris left by a terrible storm and ignored by an uncaring city government.

And the stories have a troubled hero — Frank Nagler.

This discussion, well, internal debate, comes as I plan the next two Nagler books.

One is a prequel involving the initial Charlie Adams serial killer story, and the cancer death of Nagler’s wife, Martha.

This one has a working title of “Lock Down,” which reflects the city’s response to the killings, and Nagler’s response to Martha’s death.

The second is the untitled fifth story in the sequence, an immediate pick-up of the story from “The Weight of Living,” due on April 25.

So, here’s the argument:

CHAOS:

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From “The Swamps of  Jersey:” He had not seen the sky for days, felt the heat of the sun, wore dry shoes or walked outside without that raincoat since the storm blew in and sealed the hills above the city with a dense smothering grayness, a swirling menace of thunder clouds and shrieking winds that pounded the city with an apocalyptic rain that sent the Baptist preachers howling to the hills about sin and damnation.  It emptied the grocery store shelves of everything but a few cans of cream of mushroom soup,  and locked the residents in the top floors of their homes as the river crashed its banks, flooded streets and rearranged the city landscape like a madman with an earth mover.”

From “A Game Called Dead: “The momentum for repair was lost in the political scandal that followed the flood and sent Mayor Gabriel Richman, ex-mayor Howard Newton and police commander Chris Foley to jail. …. The result was blocks of holes, homes and businesses empty and detours blocking broken bridges. …. the city looked like the Twentieth Century never happened, the modern sheen scrubbed off, the red brick, the rusted steel frames rising, cast scarlet by a setting sun, the rattle and hum of life diminished.

From “The Weight of Living”:  “There was noise and light when I was a child, Nagler thought from the back porch while wearing a t-shirt and boxers, the sound of labor and prosperity, as ephemeral as it was.  We labored; they prospered. Ten thousand more nails, a thousand wheels, a million bolts and pins, the pieces that connected this to that, and each of us to another, all lighted by the yellow-orange glow of hot iron, driven by the hellish hiss as it cooled. Then it all cracked, rusted, fell to disuse and from that grew the silence. And from that silence emerged the Warren Appletons of the world, and perhaps the Tank Garrettsons. The smiling face of shysterdom.”

EVIL:

“From “Swamps:” “Because that was what Howard Newton could deliver: services.  Help with a permit, a building inspection, working papers for some underage kid, a job in the road department that suddenly was opening on Thursday; a little environmental clean-up problem at your auto repair place.

It was the whole subterranean wink-and-nod culture that laughed in the face of the U.S. Attorney and his gang of sixty saps who managed to get caught.  They all knew how the game was played but just got so full of themselves they thought no one would ever notice.

Howie Newton had been doing it all his public life.  A little at a time.”

DEADCOVER715 deadawardpic From “Dead:” “What is it going to take for you to realize how this game called dead is played?  I am trying to teach you. And the longer it takes, more people will die.

Each death is a lesson and a clue.

And at some point they will blame you.

Is that my goal? To discredit you, to leave you shamed and wounded?

It is one of them. You’ll soon understand the others.”

From “Weight”: “These are lives that are already ruined, Detective Nagler. Alton Garrett?  Calista… that is not her real name but for the life of me I cannot remember what name I gave her… Daughter. Niece. Wife.  The same.  She is family, Detective Nagler.  Family is flesh, and flesh is a commodity.  I create flesh, and I can destroy it.”

HERO: From “Swamps:” The ancients knew what to do with rain like this, he thought wickedly, squinting into the horizontal blast of water.

Conjure an honest man with a ship and spin a parable about the wages of sin.” 

From “Weight.” Lauren Fox: “I know you hurt. We all do.  I … do,” her voice cracking. “But I can hurt in the privacy of my room where no one will see it. But we need you, Frank. It’s not fair, but you don’t get to hurt in private. You have to hurt in front of all of us.” Lauren sighed deeply and closed her eyes tightly. “This is a hurting place and we need Frank Nagler to stand up for us…

That’s what this city feels when it sees you, Frank. It sees Charlie Adams in jail and Gabe Richman and Chris Foley and Tom Miller, all gone.  It sees you and finds the strength to go on.”

The previous Frank Nagler books are, “The Swamps of Jersey” and “A Game Called Dead.”

They are available at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr

http://www.walmart.com

 

The books are also available at the at the following libraries: Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library;  Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown;  Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

Also at:  Bobby’s News and Gifts, 618 Main Street, Boonton.

The Clinton Book Shop, 12 E. Main Street, Clinton. http://www.clintonbookshop.com/

Sparta Books, 29 Theatre Center, Sparta. http://www.spartabooks.com/

For information on independent book sellers visit, http://www.indiebound.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free downloads and a special reading

cover13-page-0 Available for free downloads in several formats on Smashwords are the following:

 

“The Summer of the Homerun,” a short story about baseball and being a teen-ager.

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/299057

 

Sample: “The ball seemed to be something other than an object struck by a wooden bat and sent sailing through the air over the park; it was more like a bird, something with an intelligence of its own, or like time itself moving as we  stopped to gaze and wonder.”

 

“The Resurrection of Leo,” a short story collection. The main story is about a lonely man who learns to love again.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/282799

 

Sample: “Then I saw Helena, now resting on the bed. She was enraptured with the baby John, lost in his miracle and their survival amid the blood-soaked towels and sheets and the mess of his birth. She was both crying and laughing at once.

“He’s here,” she whispered; discovery begins.

I moved closer and like an ancient touched John’s small astounded face with a warm cloth and watched as he in confusion experienced water for the first time and learned of it.

“I …”

“Say nothing,” she commanded.

But after a minute Helena gave up the baby John to me and I held him.

For that moment and evermore, I am.”

 

And a bonus. A reading of one of stories in the Leo collection, “Weight,” by fantastic voice artist Diane Havens.

 

 

Sample: “The heart holds the heaviness of love and affection. It is where the joy of that first reaction rests, trapped in the blood, gaining weight until like some awakened seed it fills all of us. It is the moment of the first glance, the first touch and kiss, the instant of innocence and promise.

It is also where the bitterness of ending hides, cozied in some trapped corner, hoping to stay out of reach; seeking to become lighter.

In the mind love is one more electron flashing across a synapse, an idea triggering another electron to react and move; it is where we reason away all that happened at the end, categorizing coldly our actions to make sure the face we see in the mirror the morning after carries no stain of blame, no remorse, nothing but survival, having in some twisted logic claimed victory.

Love in the mind is weightless; only in the heart does it have weight.

I awoke that morning weightless; you were no longer in my heart and I wondered why.”

 

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