New Jersey mystery captures new award

I am greatly pleased and honored to announce that  THE WEIGHT LIVING, Book 3 in the New Jersey-based Frank Nagler series has been graced with another award.

Thank you Maincrest Media Awards.

“The Weight of  Living by Michael Stephen Daigle is a hard-hitting mystery with a complex, intricate plot, presented in a realistic, engrossing style. The main theme, power and control, manifests in a gripping story about corrupt governments and politicians, set in the gloomy streets of New Jersey. The plot develops quickly and keeps the reader guessing along the way, creating a lot of drama and suspense. The characters are flawed and complex, with Detective (Frank) Nagler standing out as a light in a sea of darkness. He is both a likeable, honest character. The language is pitched for adults, with realistic, punchy dialogue. Readers who enjoy hard-boiled  mystery and crime  fiction, will be thoroughly engaged with this page-turner. —Maincrest Media Awards.”

THE WEIGHT OF LIVING: The discovery of  young girl wearing summer clothes on a bitter March night leads Frank Nagler  into a search through a dark history that has surprising connections to his group of friends. Paperback and ebook.

First Place for Mysteries  in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest;

Notable 100 Book, Shelf Unbound 2018 Indie Book Awards;

Named a Distinguished Favorite, 2018  Independent Press Awards;

Distinguished Favorite in the 2018 Big NYC Book Contest;

Finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards.

Named A Gold Star Award winner in the 2020 Elite Choice Book Awards

Other reviews of The Weight of Living:

 Book three in a terrific series, the author, Michael Stephen Daigle, weaves a fast paced, convoluted, dark crime thriller. This novel starts with what looks like a simple mystery (a young girl is found in a grocery store Dumpster on a cold March night wearing just shorts and a tank top.) and winds up a complex decades old thriller. I enjoyed this book very much. The author certainly keeps you on your toes from the start. Highly recommended.

THE WEIGHT OF LIVING by Michael Stephen Daigle balances its thriller tenets with solid characters, razor-sharp dialogue, and a breathless plot that careens from one realistic scenario to another. The narrative is a stunning and engrossing meditation of grief and survival that examines the insular world of Ironton, New Jersey whose past is clouded by everything from a devastating flood, to the near extinction of viable business opportunities to slimy politicians.

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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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