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New Jersey author releases new mystery

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Award-winning New Jersey author Michael Stephen Daigle has released his latest mystery, “The Weight of  Living.”

The book is the third “Frank Nagler Mystery,” published by Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa.

The police find a young girl standing in a grocery store parking lot on a cold March night. Maybe she is homeless, the police think, but a phone call to a hotline declaring “She is six,” leads Ironton, N.J. Detective Frank Nagler to a different conclusion. The trail drags Nagler into the century-old and horrible history of a local family which includes the companion of his closest friend, and an old nun who taught Nagler in elementary school.

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“This is a fast-paced, intense thriller,” Daigle said. “The characters are damaged by a dark past and are fighting to free themselves from the control of a shadowy villain.”

Lt. Maria Ramirez sums up the situation: “We got a missing girl and missing cop, and now a missing bookstore owner and his missing friend, all missing together, and an old nun who probably knows all about it.”

The story, like the other two Nagler mysteries, is set in the fictional North Jersey town of Ironton, a former industrial center that has fallen in hard times.

“Nagler is a native of Ironton, and his family worked in the region’s mines and factories,” Daigle said. “He feels the economic ups and downs of his hometown, and that attachment fuels his police work.”

But Nagler is also a lonely, heart-broken man, seeking a way out of his own pain, caused by the death of his young wife. He fights to find his own peace, while knowing that he has a responsibility to the crime victims for closure.

“In the previous Nagler stories, there is time for Nagler to take stock of his emotional well-being before taking on his next case,” Daigle said. “That does not happen in ‘The Weight of Living.’  Events pile up and some in Nagler’s close circle are threatened. He acts not to save himself, but others, resulting on a sudden and shocking end.”

Daigle is a New Jersey resident. He was a newspaper writer and editor for more than thirty years, including two decades at the Courier-News of Bridgewater and The Daily Record of Parsippany.

The Nagler books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Wal-Mart.

They are also available at nearly two dozen New Jersey libraries.

For more information on Michael Stephen Daigle and the list of libraries visit www.michaelstephendaigle.com.

The previous Frank Nagler mysteries:

“The Swamps of Jersey,” 2014. The discovery of a mutilated body in the Old Iron Bog leads Nagler into a spiraling case of murder and politics that has him wondering about the possible involvement of his companions. The case also echoes an investigation into a serial killer years before that made Nagler famous in Ironton, N.J. and makes him ask if a copy cat had emerged. Deeply drawn characters and settings. Follow the investigation through Nagler’s eyes as he tried to end the killing.

 

“A Game Called Dead,” 2016: Two college women are beaten during a night time attack and one later dies. They are players in a campus game called The Hunter’s Lair, but better known as A Game Called Dead. Is that what contributed to the attack, or is it something else? When acts of urban terrorism arise, a taunting Internet character named #ARMAGEDDON claims the acts. “There are rules to this game, and you need to learn them quickly,” he declares. The plot is a game, fast and changing. Each side is acting, reacting and acting again as Nagler leads the elaborate trap to catch a killer. “A Game Called Dead” was a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author contest.

 

 

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