In Broad Daylight
During the endless days of an Alaskan summer, FBI agent Jess Harding treks back to Anchorage to hunt down a sadistic killer who’s
re-emerged from a five-year hiatus—a killer who has already slipped her grasp once before.
The newest murder, signed with the fiend’s barbed-wire calling card, has sent authorities on a desperate chase to find the killer. But when Jess finds her own name written in blood at the crime scene, it’s suddenly, chillingly clear that she’s no longer the hunter—but the hunted. With the assistance of local detective Oscar Linstrom, an old colleague who wants to be more than friends, Jess must ingrain herself back into the provincial communities of the Great North to overcome their distrust of outsiders, and save herself if she wants to see another sunny Alaskan day.
A compelling and heart racing, fast paced, action packed crime bonanza; this story leaves the reader with little time to breath whilst hastily turning pages. The murders are savage, bloody. The heroine, FBI agent Jess Harding, once the hunter now the hunted is desperate, determined and ruthless in her pursuit of the killer. She will not let him win.
Harding fights sexism, discrimination and crime with a tough, take no nonsense attitude. She is fit, feisty and only concerned with one thing; bringing this killer to justice. Believe me you want her on your side.
Set in the height of the Alaskan summer and its long bright nights we are transfixed by the wildness and isolation of the countryside; a land of hiking and float planes and flourishing tourism that is marred by the bloody redness of death. No young woman is safe be they from the city or the rural towns. When Agent Martinez is asked “You see anyone in these you think could have done this?” He replies “I’m from Ohio and hunted as a kid, but these folks up here kill bears and eat them. I don’t know what they’d do.” ( p.68) Add to the mix a cult like community that doesn’t abide interference, strangers and most certainly not the FBI, salt liberally with a hint of romance and you have a mystery that is bewitching, deadly and intriguing.
An exciting and exhilarating read, you will not want to stop reading until you reach the satisfying conclusion. Seth Harwood is a crime writer to add to you must read list.