Mark Edward Langley was born in Richmond, VA on July 24th, 1960. When he was 9, he moved to a south suburb of Chicago, where he lived until 18 and his father was transferred to Houston, TX. Langley took a job with B. Dalton Booksellers and begun his love for reading. Langley has always felt a kinship with the American Southwest. When he was young, his parents took him on vacation out west where his heart and soul were touched by the beauty of the landscape and the wonder of its people. When he was older, he began reading Robert B. Parker, Mickey Spillane, John D. McDonald, Ernest Hemingway, Tony Hillerman and, more recently, Craig Johnson of Longmire fame. But it was when he took a two week trip into the West of his youth in his thirties, that he realized he had found his true home. Researching his debut novel, Path of the Dead, he drove from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Glacier National Park, Montana, traveling through the beautiful and iconic scenery that was to become the book's majestic backdrop. Upon revisiting New Mexico, doing research for his second novel, Death Waits in the Dark, he had the wonderful opportunity to meet with some of the Navajo people and have an open and respectful conversation. Langley is an award-winning author of the Arthur Nakai Mystery Series, with Death Waits in the dark winning both as a finalist in the American Book Fest Awards 2020 and winning the coveted Feathered Quill Award for Best Mystery of 2021. His third novel in the series, When Silence Screams, will be released August of 2021. He is currently writing his fourth novel of the series, Broken Glass, due out August 2022. Langley and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between their home in Indiana and New Mexico.
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I have a total of 9 novels in the works, so far, that will become the Arthur Nakai Mystery Series. Here is just a peek at the future of Arthur Nakai: My world is inhabited by extraordinary people. People like Arthur Nakai, an ex-marine and retired member of the Shadow Wolves, an ICE tactical unit made up of fifteen trackers from several Native American tribes recruited by Homeland Security to hunt human traffickers and drug smugglers on the U.S/Mexico border. His wife, Sharon Keonie Nakai, is a KZRV-TV field reporter and weekend news anchor battling her own demons from the loss of their only child; Jake Bilagody, a Navajo Nation police Captain, now doing double duty by acting as police chief due to the result of a sudden vacancy, and Abraham Fasthorse, a Blackfoot from the mountains of Montana and also Arthur's old friend from his Shadow Wolf days. Together, on occasion, they find themselves wading through the swamp of racial discrimination, oil and gas fracking on sacred land, missing children, selfish politics, pornography, organ harvesting, art theft, uranium mining, and trying to connect two murders that took place thirty years apart . . . all while trying to make a difference in the constant struggles facing the Native American people today in the beautiful, but harsh landscape of the American Southwest.