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  • 08/2021
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  • 08/2021
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Mark Langley
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When Silence Screams
Arthur Nakai, now armed with his newly minted Private Investigator license, has visitors on his doorstep at White Mesa. Melanie Manygoats and her young son arrive on a cold winter’s day seeking his help locating her missing daughter, whom she fears has become one of the stolen. Arthur accepts and soon finds himself wading through the world of teenage prostitution where he discovers April has already been sold to a man known to everyone in the trade as The Cuban. Running underage girls is his business, and the revolving door of the flesh trade is always rotating, Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl goes missing on the Navajo reservation. The only thing left behind? Her bicycle found hidden among scrub brush under a bridge over an empty desert wash. Are the cases related or are they simply part of a bigger, more horrifying picture plaguing Arthur's beloved Dinétah?
Reviews
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. Ex-Marine Nakai, who is slowly trying to repair his relationship with his wife Sharon, is caught up in a missing persons case involving a teenage girl named April Manygoats. At the behest of her mother, Nakai travels to Santa Fe to search for her, but what he finds is a sordid trail involving a sleazy pornographer, a cold-hearted sex trafficker, and a sociopathic serial killer obsessed with torture and humiliation. Along the way, he also discovers compassionate shelter organizers and a loyal ex-military friend who is there for him when things get hairy.

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. The scenes of April in captivity with her torturer border will be too graphic for many readers, but Langley endows her with a lot of agency, especially as she endeavors to escape. A subplot involving another missing indigenous woman underscores the variety of circumstances that can lead to these crimes, yet, plotwise is somewhat tangential.

Langley’s resolution is satisfying, if a little pat, but he succeeds in slowly, organically leading Nakai–and attentive readers–to the killer, while vividly sketching relationships, cultures, and Santa Fe and its surroundings. Readers will appreciate that the morally vacant villains get their comeuppance, given the explicitly detailed nature of their crimes, and 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.

Takeaway: Detective fans will enjoy this thriller that powerfully depicts the crisis of abducted indigenous women.

Great for fans of: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House, Dana Stabenow’s A Cold Day for Murder.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: B

Joseph B. Haggerty, Award-winning author

" 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.  Man, that is great writing! I'll be singing your praises on Amazon." --- Joseph B. Haggerty, Award-winning author and lecturer on the sexual exploitation of women

9th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards

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!

Bobbi Jean Belle, co-host of LA Talk Radio's the Writers Block radio show

"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."

Carol Crigger, Western Writers of America

 "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."

James Wade, Spur Award-Winning author of All Things Left Wild and River, Sing Ou

"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 L. Redmond, Author of the Bounty Hunter: Nate Landry series

"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!"

Mark T. Sneed, Reader Views

“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."

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW NOV. 2021

"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!" 

Steve “Bunker” de France, co-host of Voices of the West radio show

"I can tell you, I'm a veteran, and your characters are real to me.  Mark Edward Langley is a true voice of the west." 

Traci Halles-Vass, Host of the Write ON Four Corners radio show

"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."

News
01/29/2022
Graphically-told tale of sex trafficking hammers home an important point

Interview and review in the Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico

09/10/2021
NEW MEXICO MYSTERY

After giving serveal radio, podcast and newspaper interviews, I was overjoyed to read a story about my new novel, When Silence Screams, on ne of the front pages of a New Mexico newsaper! Two more are expected!

12/16/2021
Schererville author pens new Western mystery novel

Schererville author pens new Western mystery novel

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9798478632366
  • 277 pages
  • $24.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9798533959858
  • 277 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • 277 pages
  • $7.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2021
  • 277 pages
  • $34.95

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