I am pleased to say that the third Frank Nagler book, “The Weight of Living,” has been accepted for publication by Imzadi publishing.
No release date has been announced, but clearly it will be in early 2017.
Thanks to the Imzadi group for their support.
Two years ago they took a chance on an unknown writer and published “The Swamps of Jersey.” Two years later followed “The Game Called Dead.”
But it’s more than that… This is three real books! All you guys who think it’s impossible to find supporters for your work, look at this: Three Books!
“The Weight of Living” was a difficult book to write. It was a new direction for Ironton, N.J., Detective Frank Nagler. The characters are among the most troubled and troubling I have written about. It is not an easy book, but it is a good read. There are surprising heroes among the broken people.
The Nagler stories are not classic thrillers or mysteries. They are atmospheric puzzles. The challenge for me as the author is to create the puzzle pieces and lay out the instructions so the reader can complete the puzzle.
I asked friend and author Devorah Fox (devorahfox.com/) to read the story. She is as good a writer as you will find. Please look her up. She has a new thriller out, “Detour” and will soon release “The Zen Detective.”
I have read them both.
“Detour” is a fun, read with a funny and wise look into Jewish family life that will resonate with anyone who has attended large family events.
“The Zen Detective” might possibly be the best detective book you read. Look for it soon.
Here is what Dee said about Weight. (I’m guessing she won’t mind I use it.)”
“You will read it with your mouth hanging open, your brain ensnared and your heartstrings tugged. Simply brilliant.”
What is it about?
The plot is a search to find the identity of a young girl who was dropped onto a snowy Ironton street wearing a tank top and shorts.
How does it play out?
Here’s some dialogue between Nagler and reporter Jimmy Dawson. They are at Barry’s the local diner with is a favorite meeting spot:
“Jimmy Dawson set the tablet computer aside and finished his eggs. He had written the story, and still didn’t believe it.
“A century-old mine shaft with bones? Discovered while investigating a drug house? Can’t make this stuff up.”
Dawson wiped his mouth with a napkin and leaned over the table toward Frank Nagler.
“Except you did. A drug house?”
“It’s possible. Besides, it’s Jefferson’s statement. The captain did tell us they suspected drug activity there. We had to hold back some information, Jimmy.”
“Like the fact that you’re up there in the first place because they shot at you?”
Nagler smiled slyly.
“Welcome to the cat-and-mouse game. But you know that. It’s not any more unbelievable than a 1932 suicide made to look like a murder, which might be a clue in a possible case of generational incest fueled by illegal financial dealings. And you’re writing that story.”
If you have not read the first two Nagler stories, they can be found here:
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/