It can be told. Officially.
“A Game Called Dead,” the second Frank Nagler mystery set in Ironton, N.J. has been released. The publisher is Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa.
The Amazon paper version is here:
And the Kindle version is here:
The Kobo link is here: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-game-called-dead.
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble.
“A Game Called Dead,” is the sequel to “The Swamps of Jersey,” the first Frank Nagler Mystery.
Nagler is called to investigate the brutal attack of on two women at the local college. It begins a tale of urban terror, much of which seems to be directed at Nagler and his associates.
The story introduces the mysterious terrorist #ARMEGEDDON, who taunted the police from cyberspace.
The story also digs deeper into Nagler’s past, especially the old Charlie Adams serial-killer case, and his relationship with Lauren Fox, who played a key role in exposing the political corruption in “Swamps.” She is back and steps into the front of Nagler’s life.
The story also introduced Harriet Waddley-Jones, a college dean, who is Nagler’s nemesis, and later ally.
Each book is a challenge to write a “better” book. In this case I wanted tighter, faster action and to develop a theme and flow to help carry the story. Sound and the description of sound are keys.
I also wanted Nagler to confront aspects of his past. Can he reconcile them, or will they always haunt him?
The story opens:
“The air was industrial, bruised, like water washed in oil, breath filtered through dirt and hung out to dry, a speckled white sheet upon which the city wiped its wet fingers.
The bare whistled moan of a morning transit train crossing Morris was wrapped in the soft fog of dawn, the colored day muted to gray, padded to silence.
On the eastern hills, life as blood-crimson sunlight leaked along the ridgeline and dripped down craggy slopes to pool on the valley floor.
An hour later Ironton Detective Frank Nagler leaned, arms crossed, on a metal door frame of a third-floor dormitory room at the New Jersey State College of Ironton. This place is too small to contain this horror, he thought coldly, as he stared into the still weak October sunlight that leaked past the window glass, through the fine dust and dried red spatter to cast pink, blotted shadows on the crowded, narrow gray floor.”
“The Swamps of Jersey” was published by Imzadi Publishing LLC on Nov. 1, 2014.
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