“A Game Called Dead:” The story of Frank Nagler picks up two years after “The Swamps of Jersey” in this sequel. 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 Swamps of Jersey” is about political corruption, murder and betrayal, 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. If you follow the news and have read about the political scandals in New Jersey, “Swamps” contains elements and relationships that help explain the politics behind that story. The central character is Frank Nagler, a cop, whose troubled heart is ever present.
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