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Death Waits in the Dark

(2020)
(The second book in the Arthur Nakai Mystery series)
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It took all of thirty seconds for two shots to bring the world of Margaret Tabaaha crashing down around her. After losing her husband in Afghanistan during the first year of Operation Enduring Freedom, her two sons were all she had left. Now they had been taken from her violently, deliberately, plunging her into a whiskey bottle and stripping away her reason for living.

When Arthur Nakai receives a call from his first love, Margaret, her voice pleading for his help, it comes as he is attending a wake for one of the men he considered a brother from his days in the Marines 6th LAR Wolf Pack Battalion. Feeling a deep and responsible obligation to help her, Arthur soon finds himself involved in the multi-billion-dollar world of the oil and gas industry and coming face-to-face with an old adversary, Elias Dayton. Their paths had crossed when Arthur was a member of the Shadow Wolves, an elite tactical unit within US Customs and Border Protection. Now Dayton runs Patriot Security, a Blackwater-type firm that keeps the oil rigs, gas wells, and man camps secure from the Water Protectors, protesters pushing to stop the fracking and poisoning of Native lands.

As Arthur works through the case from his end, Navajo police chief Jake Bilagody tackles it from another angle, looking into the strained relationship between the oil company and the Navajo people, all while searching for a missing Navajo man that may have become an unwilling piece on the reservation checkerboard. But when Arthur learns the identity of the boys’ killer, he struggles to make sense of it. Because if the clues are right, he will be forced to make a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Death Waits in the Dark finds ex-Shadow Wolf, Arthur Nakai, trying to do a favor for the widow of an old Marine Corps buddy and finds himself confronting an old enemy who's threatening Native Lands and gets involved in a mystery that shocks Nakai to his core. Mark Edward Langley's style is reminiscent of the great John D. MacDonald. Don't miss this excellent second novel in this entertaining series." - Michael A Black

"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.'" - Anne Hillerman

"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." - William Kent Krueger


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Paperback Editions

August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark (The Arthur Nakai Mysteries, Book 2)
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
ISBN: 1-5385-0778-1 / 978-1-5385-0778-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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Audio Editions

November 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark (The Arthur Nakai Mysteries)
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
ISBN: 1-5384-7807-2 / 978-1-5384-7807-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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November 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark (The Arthur Nakai Mysteries)
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
ISBN: 1-5384-7808-0 / 978-1-5384-7808-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark: The Arthur Nakai Mysteries, Book 2
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


August 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark: The Arthur Nakai Mysteries, Book 2
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark: The Arthur Nakai Mysteries, Book 2
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark: The Arthur Nakai Mysteries, Book 2
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death Waits in the Dark (The Arthur Nakai Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Mark Edward Langley
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU