Award-winning author of the Arthur Nakai Mystery Series.
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Award-winning author of the Arthur Nakai Mystery Series.
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"Langley's third installment of his Arthur Nakai Mysteries is the most thrilling yet. The characters are fully formed, and the danger is real and urgent. Langley has an unmatched feel for his New Mexico setting, both the landscape and the culture. A master of dialogue, Langley lets the banter flow freely and allows the mystery to drive the story from the opening pages to its heart-pounding conclusion. There's not a better detective writer in the American West."
"Mark Edward Langley plots his story around Indigenous women, who all too often are overlooked by authorities when they go missing. In this exciting, action-driven novel, Arthur Nakai, a Navajo, ex-Marine and newly minted private investigator, is pitted against a merciless sex trafficker and a killer who gets off on torturing the girls he kidnaps. But April Manygoats will not go quietly to her death. The many graphic descriptions of depraved sexual acts are disturbing, but this is an important story meant to draw attention to a deplorable reality."
This book is exemplary in its structure, organization, and pacing. This was a very intense, difficult read, which points to a story that grabbed my attention and emotions from the very beginning. The quick pacing made this a true page-turner. The twists and turns and the emotional content were brilliantly woven together to produce a story with an impact on all my senses. Your characters are so realistic, I felt as though you were basing them on real people. Your writing style and voice are very gritty, succinct, and matter-of-fact. This is what makes this such a page-turner!
"Langley (Death Waits in The Dark) lures readers into the continuing adventures of indigenous private detective Arthur Nakai in the third of his Arthur Nakai Mysteries series, again combining mystery storytelling with resonant social issues. Langley delves thoughtfully into the tragic issue of how missing indigenous women are often ignored by authorities as well as the ways in which indigenous people in America face survival in a culture attempting to erase them. Langley never loses sight of the humanity of his protagonists, ensuring that this sometimes-brutal story’s sensationalist elements never overshadow its moments of inspiration. Crime mystery fans will enjoy piecing together the puzzle, but the tragic details of indigenous women going missing give it power. Detective fans will enjoy this thriller that powerfully depicts the crisis of abducted indigenous women.
"The third mystery featuring Arthur Nakai, now a licensed Private Investigator, is a dark, horrifying tale of kidnapping and human trafficking. When Silence Screams is all but impossible to put down until the last page and highly recommended!"
"I worked vice for over 24 years, and I've interviewed well over 5000 prostitutes at one time or another. I encountered many children on the street who were broken even before they were coerced into prostitution. This is great writing!"
"Clear your schedule before you start reading this book, because you won't want to put it down until you've finished it. If you're a fan of Tony and Anne Hillerman, you'll love Mark Edward Langley!"
“When Silence Screams is a very relevant and timely story. It is a clever story. It is an interesting and contemporary story. When Silence Screams is a story sure to be enjoyed by fans of the mystery/thriller genre."
"I can tell you---I'm a veteran, and these characters are real to me. Mark Edward Langley is a true voice of the west."
"Mark Edward Langley describes the landscape so vividly you feel as though you are there. You can see it, taste it, and smell it. Every man wants to be Arthur Nakai and every woman wants to be his partner."
"Mark Edward Langley gets you inside of the heads of his characters and you can feel their every emotion. The story itself is very pertinent in today's world and helps bring awareness to an issue that is really an important one."
"It’s frightening, the stakes are high, the pace is solid. It doesn’t race the way a typical action piece would, but it builds, with careful deliberation. Instead of tired tropes, it turns them inside out, to something more interesting and worthwhile. It doesn’t belittle any of the characters. The voice is strong, clear, unique, and conﬁdant. It's easy to visualize this as a limited run series. It would do a disservice to cut it down in order to ﬁt into a feature, since it’s relatively lean already. But breaking it across several episodes would serve the audience and the story. It is a piece that is riveting in its novel form, while still working as an adaptation. One medium hasn’t been cheated with an eye to the other. it’s a strong candidate for adaptation."
"With Death Waits in the Dark, Mark Edward Langley offers readers an utterly compelling portrait of human beings struggling to deal with the aftermath of great trauma. Langley writes about the great Southwest with a loving eye for detail that fans of Tony and Anne Hillerman will readily embrace. I was utterly captured by this fine second novel in the Arthur Nakai series. Along with those who are already fans, I can only hope that there will be many more stories to come. I recommend this book with a full heart."
"Death Waits in the Dark tells a gritty story of betrayal, deceit, and danger through the eyes of Navajo protagonist Arthur Nakai. The tightly written noir plot moves from scene to scene like a thriller, building suspense in every page."
"In Death Waits in the Dark, Mark Edward Langley’s style is reminiscent of the great John D. MacDonald. Don’t miss this excellent second novel in this entertaining series ."
"In Death Waits in the Dark, Mark Edward Langley has developed a well-thought-out plot regarding the oil and gas industry, especially on tribal lands, and the dangers of PTSD in America's returning warriors. Thought-provoking, this is a page-turner sure to rouse the reader's emotions."
"The second title in author Mark Edward Langley's 'Arthur Nakai Mystery' series, "Death Waits in the Dark" is a carefully crafted police procedural style mystery that provides the reader with an entertainingly original and inherently riveting read from cover to cover. While very highly and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of all dedicated mystery buffs."
"Langley’s somber sequel to 2018’s The Path of the Dead finds former Marine Arthur Nakai at a Farmington, N.Mex., funeral home attending a service for one of his Marine buddies from Afghanistan, who recently shot himself, yet another victim of PTSD. The action builds to a bittersweet ending. Descriptions of the starkly beautiful New Mexico landscape contrast with the poignant picture of the state’s poor and alcohol-stricken native peoples. Tony Hillerman fans may want to check this one out."
"Mark Edward Langley has written a compelling second book in his Arthur Nakai detective series. The characters are well-rounded and intriguing, and there are plenty of red herrings to keep the mystery under wraps until the very end. Rated 4-Stars."
"Combining the gait of a fine horse, the comfort of your favorite Indian blanket, and the ease of a well-worn saddle, Mark Edward Langley's Path of the Dead is one heck of a debut novel!"
"A dark and gripping novel, filled with suspense and heart-stopping twists . . . Path of the Dead is a smash debut. Don't miss it!"
"A lightning-paced manhunt . . . This character-driven tale will keep you on the edge of your seat to the last page!"
"A chase from New Mexico to Montana and the Canadian border is a race against time, the ticking clock already upping tense action. Along the way, Arthur relies on his friends and his wolf-dog and the end will leave you breathless. The book sustains a high level of page-turning suspense. Here is a villain with no redeeming qualities pitted against a determined hero!"
"This thriller has legs under it; and when they get pumping---when the chase is on---you will sweep yourself to the end in a flurry of turning pages!"
"All the more impressive when considering that "Path of the Dead" is the debut of Mark Edward Langley as a novelist, this inherently riveting read showcases his genuine flair for character and narrative driven storytelling. While especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs."
I am very pleased to announce that the Audiobook is now moving forward! I was given four people to chose from, all with samples of them reading passages from Path of the Dead, and I have made my choice. The actor is now aware and will begin recording the book. I am proud and extremely pleased to say the Bronson Pinchot will be the narrator for the first Arthur Nakai novel, Path of the Dead! You may all know him from TV's Perfect Strangers or of the feature film First Wives Club, but he has also worked extensively as an audiobook narrator for Blackstone Publishing, with over 100 recordings to his credit. AudioFile magazine even recognized him as the Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for his 2010 renderings. We are all pleased to confirm that he will be bringing Arthur Nakai, and the other rich characters that inhabit his world, to life.
Bronson Pinchot, narrator of the Arthur Nakai Mysteries.
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