Category Archives: Fiction

This is where I will post samples of stories I am working on, or other stuff, as I see fit.

A mechanical murder

A Facebook discussion about Alexa linked appliances led to this. I couldn’t help it. “May…I…help…you?” Detective Ironman scowled. I hate computer generated voices, he thought. Somewhere in that house is a laser reader pointed at the door connected to an … Continue reading

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Who killed the smart guy at the blackboard?

While at the BooksNJ2017 festival, mystery author David Brown and I wandered a little off topic during our session on sidekicks.  He tossed out this line: So a story could be about who killed the smart guy at the blackboard. Taking … Continue reading

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An old story with meaning

I was poking around my computer and came upon this story. It’s four years old. But it seemed to carry meaning in these days of have and have-nots. It’s called “The Rhythm of Difference.” A sample: I was born into … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day. Celebrate!

Happy Independence Day!!   “We are a nation that was born arguing.  It is what we do best and it is what separates us from all the other nations. So revel in our raised voices, find joy in the sound … Continue reading

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The gospel according to Oswald: ‘It ain’t about dreams, and peace, just about war until the end.’

This is from a novel, a work in progress called “That time the world visited Mount Jensen, Maine.” It is a generational story about a small town under the pressure from rich developers, the internal conflicts of residents, both new … Continue reading

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The start of a new Nagler book. Maybe. Possibly. It’s a mystery.

I think this is the opening to the next Frank Nagler book, the one after “The Weight of Living.” I’ve been struggling with how to get into the next one, and after some false starts, this seems to work. Maybe. Things change, … Continue reading

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An audience of one

Her name was Sandy and she was the only other person in the room. This was the Mountainside Public Library on Saturday where the kind folks who run the library has scheduled a reading for me. They had placed a … Continue reading

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Reading at Mouintainside, N.J., Library at 1 p.m. Saturday (June 17)

I’ll be reading from and discussing the Frank Nagler Mysteries at the Mountainside Public Library in Mountainside, N.J. at 1 p.m. Saturday. (June 17) “The Swamps of Jersey,” “A Game Called Dead,” and the new one, “The Weight of Living,” … Continue reading

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Wake the gray day

Thunder rumbles like distant gun fire,  A broken heart sighs behind a smiling face. An old woman’s shaky letters cry for life and love, Words full of times and weariness, rest that has not come. Birds dance in the rain, … Continue reading

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What’s next for Frank Nagler

Being a writer means living inside your own head. Often that impedes any progress on the actual writing. This became evident this past weekend when I spent two days at, first, Warren County’s Park Fest, and then BooksNJ2017, The Bergen … Continue reading

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