Three Books Three Reviews

Author David C Dagley


Author’s 3 Dynamic Books Resonate With Reviewers

David C. Dagley has written three very different and exciting novels, each receiving considerable praise. The books are The Women of Cho: Heart and Seoul; Cale Dixon and the Moguk Murders; and White Bars.

The stunning international thriller The Women of Cho offers plenty of Heart and Seoul! It is also the sequel to the author’s first novel Cale Dixon and the Moguk Murders.

According to reviewer E. Lund: “Culture and crime intersect in this dynamic thriller about love, family, and betrayal … This compelling sequel carries our dogged detective into further webs of intrigue and deceit – and all the way to Seoul, South Korea. Ancient grudges are unearthed and plots put into motion as waring families, personal vendettas, and cruel revenges unfold throughout the pages of The Women of Cho: Heart and Seoul. With skill and a perfect sense of tempo, Mr. Dagley reveals twist after twist, drawing the reader into a realm both foreign – and spookily familiar.

“The highlight of this novel is definitely the characters. The Women of Cho has a full, complex cast that interacts and intersects dramatically; each hero and villain is complete and fleshed-out on his or her own, but it is the interplay of these diverse personalities – and their entwined pasts – that proves most compelling … The various foreign locations come alive, becoming essential to the story itself … This is definitely a hard book to put down.”

About the Author: World traveler David C. Dagley grew up in Mill Valley, California, lived in Alaska for 24 years, and has been has been a ship captain in the Bering Sea. He has traveled primarily in Southeast Asia for the past four years. The inspiration for this book came from the four years he taught English in South Korea and his curiosity about Korean culture.

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“This suspenseful sequel is not only a fascinating book, but it takes readers on a mad dash around the world to solve murders with the aid of Cale Dixon, from the prequel. We are pleased to be the publisher of such fine novels,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

THE WOMEN OF CHO: HEART AND SEOUL (Softcover ISBN: 978-1-63135-780-0) is now available for $16.95 (Kindle ISBN: 978-1-68181-590-9, $9.99; ePub ISBN: 978-1-68181-591-6, $9.99) and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or

The murder mystery Cale Dixon and the Moguk Murders introduces Cale Dixon, a suspended detective who is assigned a case just prior to his reinstatement. A South Korean man has been murdered: his mouth stuffed with Moguk rubies and a knife stuck in his back, a weapon that has been passed down though generations of Cho Dynasty women.

Reviewer Charles Asher writes: “Cale Dixon and the Moguk Murders is a stunning work that plums the depths of international criminality, historical conspiracy, and the inner psyche of the noir landscape. Crisscrossing oceans and cultures, author David C. Dagley establishes a shadowy world of scope and complexity, bringing the reader along into lands peopled by the secretive, the dangerous, and the violent – whether it be San Francisco, or the Burmese countryside. The hero of this novel is Cale Dixon, a hardboiled detective in the classic Hammett style … Mr. Dagley executes the detective-novel tone perfectly, bringing traces of Chandler and even Doyle to the work, while as well maintaining the breadth of an international thriller – thus playing out the murders and intrigues on a global scale … I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to any fan of the genre.”

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CALE DIXON AND THE MOGUK MURDERS (Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60693-909-3, $29.50; Softcover ISBN: 978-1-60911-956-0, $18.50) is now available (ePub ISBN: 978-1-61204-815-4, $9.99) and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or

And now for something completely different! White Bars is a light-hearted farce that truly soars. Could anything be crueler than caging a bird that only wants to fly and enjoy its freedom? Meet a worldly myna bird caged in a pet shop next to a young myna that has never flown.

The older myna plots an escape, but will the other animals want to join them? The story was inspired by watching workers in the stock market, because after the pet shop closes each night, the store becomes a stock market in miniature run by field mice.

Writes reviewer E. Lund: “White Bars is both funny and painful, melancholy and inspiring; it takes a comical, imaginary situation – full of humor and charm – that lets honest truths (about freedom, friendship, and independence) come through the cracks of this heartwarming, thoughtful novel. The line, between the sentimental and the meaningful, is walked exquisitely by author David Dagley; he allows for emotions without manipulating the reader and tempers the more tender passages with hijinks and witty banter. Soren and Fife – though birds – are well drawn characters, expressing unique personalities and voices … Mr. Dagley artfully constructs anthropomorphic figures who an audience can relate with, laugh with, and cheer for – which is not an easy task … There is a lot of originality to White Bars, a definite style and tone wholly the author’s own, and it is sure to leave an indelible mark on the reader. We are drawn into a creative space unlike any we’ve ever known, and I found it difficult to leave this little world with all its compelling animal characters, most of whom seemed more human than many literary characters I’ve come across. This is a wonderful book from start to finish. Five stars without a doubt.”

WHITE BARS (ISBN: 978-1-60911-469-5) is now available for $10 (eBook ISBN: 978-1-61204-526-9, $9.99) and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or

WHOLESALERS: These books are distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email

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