My publisher, Imzadi Publishing, has announced that the next Frank Nagler mystery, “The Weight of Living,” will be released April 25.
My thanks to the Imzadi crew.
What is exciting is that that this will be one of four new books released by Imzadi this spring. It is great to be a part of a growing enterprise. For information, visit www.imzadipublishing.com.
The release date is a little distant, so, in the meantime, consider these other events that occurred through history on April 25.
In 1507, the word’ “America” was first used on a map by a German cartographer.
In 1684, the patent for the thimble was issued.
In 1719, Daniel Defoe published “Robinson Crusoe.”
In 1876, the Chicago Cubs won their first-ever major league baseball game.
In 1928, a German Shepherd named Buddy was introduced as the first Seeing-Eye dog.
In 1954, Bell Labs showed off the first-ever solar panel.
In 1983, NASA’s Pioneer 10 sailed beyond Pluto into the universal netherworld.
“The Weight of Living” presents Ironton, N.J. Detective Frank Nagler with a simple puzzle: Discover the identity of a young girl left in a Dumpster on a cold March night. She is deeply withdrawn and does not speak to anyone.
The search leads Nagler into the dark and troubling past of a New Jersey family, and puts him in contact with a figure from his past whose apparent lies and actions only deepen the mystery. Information about incidents in Georgia and Nebraska complicates the search and, Nagler understands, endangers the young girl.
The story introduced two indelible characters: Sister Katherine Marie, who runs the Catholic Sister’s Home, where the young girl receives care, and Calista Knox, a physical therapist who helps Nagler’s friend, Leonard, the bookstore owner, regain his health.
The search also presents Nagler with an existential crisis as his companions and friends become targets of the vengeful killer.
Here’s the opening scene:
“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. 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 eyes held no light; expressionless, passages not to a dark soul, but to one seemingly hidden or removed; spaces missing life. Eyes not filled with pain, but absence.
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.”
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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/
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