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Wrapped in the shell of a police procedural “The Swamps of Jersey,” a literary political mystery, is a story of ideas, a tale of human nature: love, trust, deceit, crime, politics, social change and redemption. At the center is Detective Frank Nagler, whose personal past haunts the story.

Ironton, New Jersey has seen hard times before. Deserted factories and empty stores re
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Imzadi Publishing
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I found this a difficult book to read.

It is promoted thus: Wrapped in the shell of a police procedural “The Swamps of Jersey,” a literary political mystery, is a story of ideas, a tale of human nature: love, trust, deceit, crime, politics, social change and redemption. At the center is Detective Frank Nagler, whose personal past haunts the story.

It is less a shell of a police procedural than a gossamer thread. There is a headless, handless body discovered in the swamp - which is then largely ign
Reyna Favis
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing with a dark plot: murder and dirty politics in a down and out city in New Jersey. Detective Frank Nagler, native son of this city, is a worn down, gritty character with a deeply buried sensitive side. Confronted with a body dumped in a bog at the tail end of a devastating storm that leaves the city in ruins, the case is further complicated because the corpse lacks both hands and head. Years ago, the detective apprehended a serial killer with a predilection for mutilation and be ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Are you looking for a good mystery? This one just may fit the bill for you but I have to say it’s far from your typical “whodunit” but that’s one of the main reasons I really enjoyed it.

Detective Frank Nagler grew up in Ironton, NJ. It’s the once thriving town of his youth that holds happy memories of days gone by but today sadly like many older towns with a factory at its core it’s merely a ghost of its former glory. The factories and stores that once stood proud and employed the community help
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Frank Nagler is one of the best noir cops I’ve met in a long time. Cynical, filled with loss, but in love with his city and is its protector still. The story opens just after a tropical storm trashed everything and they find a body in a bog. The clean-up is sloooow. Then identifying the body, much less figuring out what happened, takes a long time. A story with small people taking a piece of what they think they are owed, until somebody gets greedy. Sometimes, the biggest mystery is whether Fran ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A compelling story written in most beautiful prose. A author to watch!
Ginny Shephard
Sep 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Daigle’s The Swamps of Jersey more than proves why Daigle is a prize winning journalist. Lucky for us, he turned his writing talent to fiction. Published in 2014, Swamps of Jersey takes readers and the citizens of Ironton, NJ, through the devastating aftermath of one of those killer storms we have come to expect weekly in 2022. In the midst of the wreckage, Detective Frank Nagler, our moral and emotional compass, must solve a grisly murder. No small task, considering the tsunami of Iront ...more
Karen Lopez
Aug 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
A Tangle of Mysteries

A storm has settled relentlessly on the residents of this small New Jersey town but crime can't wait. Detective Nagel isn't a rookie. He has seen a lot of brutality, shady politics, and personal heartache in a couple of decades on the local police force but this latest victim seemed to drop out of nowhere.
During a flood. How did the victim get there when even he and the emergency forces could barely navigate the roads? Do the stolen financial records that keep showing up an
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and had a thrilling plot. I would highly recommend it to friends.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting story. The writing is very unique and very much it's own style. The author is very well written and has an amazing way with words, The imagery makes me feel as if I can see everything going on. The metaphors bring the book to life in a way I've not seen often. I really enjoyed the mystery to this story and the characters are fun. You find yourself either thinking there is something weird about them.. or you like the characters.. I don't think I found any character I d ...more
Rebecca Larsen
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

I expected this book to be more about finding the murderer than about politics where this is supposed to be a mystery. However to my disappointment, there is more political scheming than anything about solving a murder. I had trouble keeping interest in this one. The characters lacked depth and their was a lack of emotion felt while reading. At times, the author did manage to capture my attention for a brief time. I feel that if most of the political intrigue was lost and the author focu
Tara Kable
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This title appealed to me because of the title. I grew up in Jersey and always enjoy a story that takes place there. This was definitely a good one! I totally enjoyed this and will recommend it to all my mystery loving friends.
Ramona Honan
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Net Galley for providing me a copy of this book to read.

The Swamps of Jersey is an excellent first novel of a writer I hope to see more. He got it right when writing about a decaying city with mysteries - but with hope for a brighter future.
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Michael Stephen Daigle is a writer and journalist who lives in New Jersey with his family. He had an award-winning career in journalism including time at newspapers in Massachusetts, Maine and New Jersey.
He is 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 Book Awards;
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