The ‘official’ cover reveal for ‘The Red Hand’: Clues in plain sight

“Of course they were red, the hand prints. The color of blood, red; the color of life, dripping between the hollow cracks of the siding. Leaking, crimson, chosen carefully. I’m here, the killer said, bragging. Try to find me. – Jimmy Dawson.”


A note on the cover. A wall in the Ironton, N.J. police station is covered by the haphazard taping of crime scene photos.  Detective Frank Nagler stares at the wall daily seeking the path to the killer. How close will he get, and more important, how close will the killer get to him?


Thanks to Anita-Dugan Moore, graphic designer for Imzadi Publishing and Cyber-Bytz for another stunning cover.

This is the prequel to the other three Frank Nagler Mysteries, set 20 years before  “The Swamps of Jersey.”

“The Red Hand” is Nagler’s baptism into the world of horrific crime, and to the heartache that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Who killed nine women in Ironton, N.J.?  And why is the medical examiner calling the cases “an experiment in death?”  It is also the story of Frank and Martha Nagler, lovers for life. Their tenderness is at times an antidote to the brutality that overtakes Ironton. Finally the stories examines how the spread of lies, the fear those lies create and the how that fear can be manipulated by those with the power  to do so.


Look for the publishing date. And thanks for your support.

The Frank Nagler Mysteries are:

“The Swamps of Jersey” 2014.

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

“The Weight of Living” (2017) was awarded FIRST PLACE for Mysteries in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Contest;

Named a NOTABLE 100 Book in the 2018 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Contest;

Named a DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the 2018 Independent Press Awards,

Named a DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE in the 2018 Big NYC Book Contest.


Reviewer: “I highly recommend this read and the full series. Kudos to the author.” 


The Nagler books are available in ebook and paperback at:


An anthology edition, containing  all three Nagler books and a bonus short story, “Who Shot the Smart Guy  at the Blackboard?”  is available in ebook, paperback and hardcover at:


An audio version of “The Swamps of Jersey” is available at:

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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1 Response to The ‘official’ cover reveal for ‘The Red Hand’: Clues in plain sight

  1. Dee says:

    Reblogged this on Dee-Scoveries and commented:
    So excited about having a new Frank Nagler Mystery to read.

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