In another step to place the Frank Nagler books before readers, my publisher, Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa, has engaged a voice actor to read and produce an audio book of THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY.
The book will be read and produced by Lee Alan, a 35-year professional voice actor, artist, writer, composer, producer and published author.
According to his website, he is a Peabody Award Nominee, winner of 14 Silver Microphone Awards and a former ABC Radio and Television performer, program executive.
His site: http://www.leealancreative.com/.
I am honored and thrilled to have such an experienced voice actor take on our project. Welcome.
The plan is to have the piece produced by the end of April, with the general release to follow shortly thereafter, I’m guessing early May.
Watch this space and any other space I can use, for details.
In the world of publishing Imzadi is a small company. Janice Grove and Anita Dugan-Moore are it, with editing help from Katherine Tate.
They took a chance on a first-time mystery writer from New Jersey and have helped craft what is now is a three-book, award-winning mystery series.
In the process Imzadi has produced advertising pieces, YouTube trailers and other display items. That is an outstanding effort from a tiny, tiny company.
At the same time, Imzadi has published several new authors with multiple books.
Check out the website: www.imzadipublishing.com.
The growth of Imzadi is a feel-good story that feels great to be a part of – Following a dream and step by step, seeing it grow.
The Frank Nagler books:
“The Swamps of Jersey” (2014) is about political corruption and murder.
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.
It was named a RUNNER-UP in the 2016 Shelf UnBound Best Indie Book Awards.
“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.
The book was awarded FIRST PLACE for Mysteries in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.
The cover by Anita Dugan-Moore was awarded a GOLD MEDAL by the website authorsdb.com
Kirkus Review: An involving thriller with a memorable protagonist.
Also check out a short story: “Who Shot the Smart Guy at the Blackboard” on Kindle Unlimited.
The Frank Nagler books are available at the following New Jersey libraries:
Brick (Ocean County Library System) Mountainside; Morris County Library; Somerset County Library System; Bernardsville Public Library; Hunterdon County Public Library; Mount Olive Public Library; Phillipsburg; Warren County, Franklin branch and Independence branch; Mount Arlington; Wharton; Dover; Hackettstown; Clark, Parsippany and the Ramsey library, as part of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System; The Palmer (Pa.) Branch of the Easton Public Library; Deptford Free Public Library and Franklin Township Library (Gloucester Co.), New Providence Memorial Library.
The Frank Nagler mysteries are available online at: