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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.

Seeking that one cleansing moment that never comes

I was born during the Korean Conflict, but was too young by a long shot to understand that situation. The first world crisis that truly scared me to death was the Cuban Missile Crisis. The news film of U.S. and … Continue reading

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YouTube trailers for the Frank Nagler Mysteries

We are preparing an audio version of the latest Frank Nagler Mystery, THE RED HAND. Look for it in Spring 2020. I have been fortunate that my publisher Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa, Ok., has supported these books with ads and … Continue reading

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When the world burned

Unseasoned daffodils push sampling shoots into the air. Do they wonder why they have been summoned so early, Ask why there was no frost to hold them sleeping for just a few weeks more? Will they understand when their pale … Continue reading

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Bob and Emilio discuss Christmas

Bob brushed the cold plastic seat of the park bench before he sat. It was an old habit. He and his grandfather used to sit on the benches on Boston Common and gaze at the lighted trees and absorb the … Continue reading

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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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