Tomorrow, Nov. 1, is an awesomely big day. It’s the beginning of National Novel Writing month and I’ll be time-traveling to the Middle Ages to start The Redoubt, Book 4 of my high fantasy series The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam.
I am totally jazzed but I’m excited also because it’s the launch of The Swamps of Jersey by Michael Stephen Daigle.
I had a chance to read Swamps in advance and I am so glad that now you’ll have a chance to enjoy it also. Folks, when this book becomes a best seller you can say you heard about it here first. But why don’t I let the author himself tell you more? Without further delay, I introduce Michael Stephen Daigle.
My friend Devorah Fox offered me the chance to talk about my novel, The Swamps of Jersey.
I hope you have also read Dee’s fabulous trilogy about the adventures of King Bewilliam, and her fun mystery, “Naked Came the Sharks.”
So, about The Swamps of Jersey:
It was a dark and stormy night.
No, really, it was — and an early morning telephone call yanks Ironton, N.J. police Detective Frank Nagler from the bit of sleep he found in an office chair.
The call sent him into a tropical storm and out to the Old Iron Bog where a body of a headless, handless woman has been found. It is the event which kicks off a long series of actions that tell the tale of Ironton, N.J. and Nagler.
Wrapped in the shell of a police procedural The Swamps of Jersey is a tale of human nature: love, trust, deceit, crime, politics, social change and redemption, and captures the spirit of recent events that have affected the United States over the past few years, all boiled down to the desperate streets of Ironton, a distressed industrial city where the deserted factories and empty stores reflect the decades-long decline.
The story opens at the end of a weeklong tropical storm that wrecked the city, leaving a scene of flooded streets, collapsed homes, trees and power lines, and shelters filled with displaced residents.
The mayor, Gabriel Richman, scion of one of the city’s leading political families, cannot seem to find the combination of actions that brings economic life back to his city.
Meanwhile, an investigation into a series of letters that claim to show that city funds are being stolen intensifies as information found on computers being replaced in an upgrade, and others damaged in the floods point to a surprise suspect: Nagler’s old girlfriend who disappeared. An old factory suspiciously burns down, and the murder case brings up concerns that Charlie Adams, the city’s famous serial killer, who Nagler helped jail twenty years before, and who is still in jail, may have fostered a copycat killer.
Nagler’s enduring memory is of his late wife, Martha. They were childhood sweethearts but she died in her early twenties. After her death, he withdraws emotionally, hiding, he admits, in his police work.
The story is as much about Nagler’s internal debate, and the debilitating impact of economic failure coupled with political corruption as it is about the crime solving.
Mike says that “Swamps” is the first story in a planned series of three Frank Nagler stories which I am glad to hear because I want more Nagle adventures. The Swamps of Jersey will be released Nov. 1 by Imzadi Publishing, and is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with other formats to follow. For information on availability, visit www.imzadipublishing.com or www.michaelstephendaigle.com/