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The Red Hand: A Frank Nagler Mystery (The Frank Nagler Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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It's a wonder that Frank never fled Ironton, but, through his memories, this novel shows that it was home to him and Martha. That's why, despite his hard-won cynicism, Frank still holds out hope, much like Ironton itself, seeking to rebound
From the Author
Named Second Place winner for mysteries in the 2019 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
Named a Notable 100 Book in the 2019 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Awards
Named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2020Independent Press Awards
A Nominee in the 2020 TopShelf Book Awards
- ASIN : B07TV94SKZ
- Publisher : Imzadi Publishing, LLC (June 30, 2019)
- Publication date : June 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1481 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1944653198
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,292 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What surprised me most about this book was how involved with the story I became, despite knowing the outcome after having read the previous books. That speaks volumes about the quality of the writing. If you enjoy stories about hard-boiled detectives who triumph over a corrupt system, this book is for you.
I really like the idea of writing a series of books about a character in the middle of their journey, but then writing a new book to go back in time and fill in some of the blanks to give insight regarding how the characters (particularly the protagonist) got to where they are now. In “The Red Hand” Frank Nagler is a newly minted detective who’s initially over his head in dealing with his first case. It’s a big one: nine murder victims in the space of a few months in the hardscrabble town of Ironton, New Jersey. Ironton is also the town where Nagler grew up, so he knows a lot of the characters already. This fact and the author’s vivid description of the town add to the foreboding atmosphere throughout the novel.
The protagonist detective is easy to root for. About twenty-five percent of the way through the book he thinks, When do I begin to figure all this out? He has no special gifts other than his dogged nature and decency. But he hangs in there and works hard to solve the mystery. The ending is well done and satisfying. Add the other rich characters in the story plus the significant challenges Nagle must deal with in his personal life and you have a total winner. Highly recommended.
The texture in Daigle's writing is quite unusual. When they find a victim's bracelet, you learn about the entire family of the jeweler who made it. When the detective walks down the street you see every leaf, every puddle, every paper blown against a chain-link fence. Pure imagery. When you read this book you will see it play on a TV screen in your head.
There's a level of dramatic tension that's maintained throughout the book. But it's not the same throughout. Each sub-plot or sub-story has its own feeling of wtf is about to happen? When Nagler leaves a crime scene to go to this wife, the tension is different and maybe greater.
The detective is not a super smart, super sleuth. He's an ordinary guy who could have ended up in a homeless shelter except for a wife that fell in love with him when they were seven years old. He's new on the job, slightly over his head, and consumed by the crimes.
I often read mysteries in a single sitting. I couldn't do that with this book. There's too much going on. And that's a good thing.
The grittiness of the town and the gruesome nature of the crimes never detract from the excellent writing and plot. Great mystery writing is not confined to the past…..it is alive and well here!
I enjoyed this book from the beginning. It was almost like getting to know the backstory of an old friend. Things came up in this book that made me think to myself, 'Oh, now I understand...'. We see Nagler deal with his weaknesses, find and lean into his strength and give himself to the work that can literally be the different between life and death as well as justice.
A satisfying read, even for those just discovering Nagler as a character. You'll sure to want to know more about him after reading this one.