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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.

Saying thanks when hard work paid off

The hardest part of writing at times is knowing too much. In the case of THE RED HAND, the Frank Nagler Mystery series prequel, that was surely the case. I had written three books about Frank Nagler, Ironton. N.J., and … Continue reading

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Kirkus Review of THE RED HAND: ‘One of modern fiction’s expertly drawn detectives.’

It’s been quite a week for THE RED HAND. A couple of awards, and an unexpectedly strong review from Kirkus Reviews. I’m humbled and thrilled. Thanks to all.   From the Kirkus Review: “This dense, engrossing prequel illuminates why Frank … Continue reading

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‘The Red Hand’ named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2019 NYC Big Book Awards

THE RED HAND, my fourth Frank Nagler Mystery, was named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2019 New York City Big Book Awards contest . This is the third book in the series to honored with an award. My thanks to the … Continue reading

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The flag of his father

“It was a confession, a release of some life-long burden, words left there for all to see, cast into the wind, set free; I wondered as I read it if the son’s soul felt lighter as he walked away.”   … Continue reading

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The kid kicking stones and the old man and the rope

The kid kicked the stones along the shady dirt path. It seemed like the thing to do. Sometimes he kicked them toward a tree, sometimes toward a puddle, sometimes just straight down the road to see how far he could … Continue reading

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Ironton, N.J., like Easton, Pa. undergoes changes. Come to the Easton Book Festival Friday to Sunday

One of the key “characters” in the Frank Nagler Mysteries is the city of Ironton, N.J. The old mill town has seen ups and downs, corrupt politicians and bad business deals. The changes are both background and motivation for Ironton … Continue reading

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Easton, Pa. Book Festival, Oct. 25 to 27

The first-ever Easton Book Festival is scheduled for Oct. 25 to 27 in the Pennsylvania city along the Delaware River. In a city that over the past decade  has seen its downtown revitalization assisted by a growing number of food  … Continue reading

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WIP: Mount Jensen: Max and Emma on the raft

It’s about the edge of things, all this is. “Hey, listen to this,” Max whispered, trying not break the dark beautiful silence of the moonless, starry night. Emma rolled to her side and propped her head upon an elbowed fist. … Continue reading

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‘The Weight of Living:’ A stunning and engrossing meditation of grief and survival

My interview on The Author’s Show podcast will run for three days from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29. The discussion focuses on the creation of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery, THE WEIGHT OF LIVING.   Link to the Podcast: https://wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow3.html?fbclid=IwAR0zHjdLh62XomD8Cjo63SzuoCMognhi-dvKIDcE9I5Ab-ITZ2Egr3wo59oContinue reading

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You, at dawn

Dawn should awaken not with silence, but shouts; not with dread, but hope; you should be standing hair wet and shoulders dripping, face turned to the sun rising over the trees, feeling its warmth creep across your cheeks, breath shallow … Continue reading

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