“The Weight of Living” named Distinguished Favorite in NYC Big Book Award contest

“The Weight of Living,” the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery,  has been named a Distinguished Favorite in New York City Big Book Award contest.

Thank you the New York City Big Book Award judges.

This is the fourth award in 2017-18 for this book.

“The Weight of Living” (2017) is the third book in the series. It is complex, thrilling and moving.

The story: 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 another young girl, and the multi-state crime enterprise of the shadowy 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.


Of “Weight,” Kirkus Reviews said: “Daigle has done an admirable job portraying the evolutions of Frank and the city he loves and protects. Daigle’s narrative is well paced, allowing the reader to piece together the clues along with Frank., and it all leads to a melancholy, but satisfying conclusion. An involving thriller with a memorable protagonist.”

NOTE: Coming soon, an anthology of the first three Frank Nagler books in hardcover, softcover and ebook formats.  More details as the publication date is set.

A note from the organizers of the New York City Big Book Awards:

“In 2018, we had true worldwide participation.  Book submissions were impressive this year as we collected from six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America; cities such as Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Moscow, New York; and across the U.S.  We are so proud to announce the winners and favorites in our annual NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD.  Great book content can be found anywhere on the globe, whether created from an individual author or a major publishing house or regardless what continent we find it.  We are happy to highlight these books and share their achievements,”  said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

For more information, please visit:  and to see the list of winners, visit the website https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2018winners and the Distinguished Favorites listed here: https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2018distinguishedfavorites.

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The Nagler Mysteries:


“The Swamps of Jersey,” 2014.

“A Game Called Dead,” 2016, was named a RUNNER-UP in the Shelf Unbound 2016 Indie Book Contest.

“The Weight of Living,” 2018, was awarded FIRST PLACE for Mysteries in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Contest; was named a NOTABLE 100 Book in the 2018 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Contest; was named a DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the 2018 Independent Press Awards.

Coming soon: “The Red Hand.”

The Nagler books are available online at:

Amazon: http://goo.gl/hVQIII

Kobo: https://goo.gl/bgLH6v

NOOK: http://goo.gl/WnQjtr




About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.
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3 Responses to “The Weight of Living” named Distinguished Favorite in NYC Big Book Award contest

  1. Thanks,,Anita… And of course your cover won a Gold Medal as well…

  2. Reblogged this on Imzadi Publishing and commented:
    Wonderful news for this very deserving author! We couldn’t be happier for him!

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