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In Broad Daylight

In Broad Daylight [Kindle Edition]

Seth Harwood
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From the author of the acclaimed thriller novels Jack Wakes Up and Young Junius comes In Broad Daylight, a taut psychological whodunnit with Stieg Larsson's intrigue and Karin Slaughter's raw insights on strange communities.

FBI agent Jess Harding treks back to Anchorage to hunt down a sadistic killer who's reemerged from a five-year hiatus--a killer who has already slipped her grasp once before. The endless days of an Alaskan summer can't thwart the fiend's plans as he slashes his way through the rural community, where everyone knows your name and always distrusts the outside. With the help of Oscar Linstrom, an old colleague who wants to be more than friends, Jess attempts to immerse herself in the area's culture, leading her to a strange rural village inhabited by Russian Old Believers hell-bent on protecting their way of life. Even the locals are outsiders to the Old Believers, and Jess needs a safehaven in the glare of daylight because a blood-stained message left at the scene of the most recent murder says Jess is no longer the hunter--but the hunted.

Seth Harwood, named a Best of 2010 author by George Pelecanos, returns with this terrifying daydream of an expansive Great North that offers no place to hide.

About the Author

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Seth Harwood has been a commodities floor trading clerk, bartender, high school teacher, creative writing instructor, English teacher, and rare book cataloguer. He grew up playing basketball, then went on to DJ for his college radio station at Washington University, before attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned an MFA in fiction writing. The author of Jack Wakes Up, This Is Life–A Jack Palms Novel, A Long Way from Disney, and Young Junius—and named a Best of 2010 author by George Pelecanos—Harwood makes his home in San Francisco, where he teaches creative writing and English at City College of San Francisco and Stanford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099722
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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This novel promised to be a dark, tense murder mystery set in the stunningly beautiful Alaska. What I expected from that was a strong, dark serial killer/police procedural packed with threat. I expected the glorious Alaskan wilderness and beautiful scenery to be used to add layer upon layer of colour and shade to the plot. My expecations weren't met on any level. In Broad Daylight is dull and written to such a tried and trusted formula it offers little in the way of surprise. I feel so disappointed.

However; I did enjoy the historical aspects. I started to feel involved when the plot began to explore themes set around an ancient sect. Unfortunately, there's not enough of that which is such a shame. Developed further those themes could have rescued this novel and made it quite unique.

There's little here apart from a cat and mouse chase and a female police officer who's haunted by her past. You're basically following a series of twists and turns as you discover how she'll react to threatening and isolationg events. When the ending comes it's long overdue and you'll probably have guessed it well before you reach the last page.

If you want a lighter, easy to read, police procedural without challanges or tension you'll probably enjoy In Broad Daylight. I didn't. Wish I could give a 5* review to every novel but that wouldn't be honest and my review has to reflect my true, personal, opinion.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book 13 Mar 2013
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Jess Harding is an FBI agent based in San Francisco. In middle of the last decade she was sent to Alaska to investigate a serial killer. The killings stopped and nobody was arrested - indeed, there were no suspects.
Now the killings have started again and Jess is sent back. Eventually she finds out that this time it's personal - the killer writes her name on the wall in the blood of his victim. When a man she's become aquainted with is murdered in front of her, she's taken off the case and sent back to San Francisco. And the killer follows.............
Written in the first person, the narrative carried me along and got me page turning. The characters are great, the story puzzling and fast-paced. A thoroughly good read and highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different 31 July 2013
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Different, a bit drawn out and padded with uneccessary stuff, but enjoyed a different author who I haven't read before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not credible 17 Mar 2014
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I found the book a bit boring & long-winded in places. Repetitive and not really credible. Devoid of humour and heavy on the 'female' psychology. Not my thing at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serviceable thriller 1 Feb 2014
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This works okay as a thriller to fill a few hours with. Only quibble would be the lead character, FBI agent Jess Harding's inner monologues about sexism in law enforcement. Whilst I'm sure there is still sexism faced by female law enforcement officers, it's kind of a dead horse and just makes me feel less sympathy and more "Get on with the job" whenever I find it in novels now. Also, I seriously doubt that any over-achieving agent like Harding would have packed only one change of heels and a skirt suit to go to someplace like Alaska. Not even in summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In Broad Daylight by Seth Harwood 20 Jun 2013
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An interesting story line but like a lot of American books it does not have any real depth as a murder mystery. A better explanation as to why he killed his victims would have helped. However, an easy book to read and worth putting on your kindle as a holiday read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Daylight robbery 13 April 2013
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Hmm, a crime thriller about a sadistic serial killer in the United States, eh? Okay, I'll give it a go.

Five years ago, FBI agent Jess Harding was hunting a serial killer in Alaska but failed to apprehend the culprit. After a hiatus, the killer is back. How do they know it's the same perpetrator? He uses barbed wire to tie his victims, a fact not mentioned to the press at the time, so Harding is dispatched once more to track down the perpetrator. Unusually, this particular nasty piece of work has not been given a sobriquet by the local press, so Harding and her driver Martinez come up with the Daylight Killer, seeing as his/her current victim and those in the past were discovered during the summer months when it's always daylight in Alaska.

Now, I don't know much about the workings of the FBI but I doubt an agent would be sent from San Francisco on their own to try to solve the murders, especially if that agent failed the previous occasion. Notwithstanding that, Harding finds her own name written on a wall in the victim's blood, which makes her wonder whether she is on the `hit list' too.

The trouble with this book is that it seems to be a `written-by-numbers' crime/thriller and leaves you not caring what happens. The characters are thin, the descriptiveness is an exercise in shoulder shrugging (the author should read Amanda Kyle Williams to find out how to drag the reader into the environment) and the whole story just isn't exciting enough. Maybe it's because it's written by a man who couldn't get inside the protagonist. The only redeeming feature is that most of the story takes place in Alaska, which is a pleasant change from ubiquitous New York and Los Angeles. (The remaining quarter is set in that other stalwart of the serial killer, San Francisco.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Logic 12 April 2013
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I have been favourably impressed by a number of Thomas & Mercer thrillers but I found `In Broad Daylight' well below their generally high standard. It is not "a taut psychological whodunit" as claimed in publicity blurb, but is merely a succession of brutal killings and bizarre clues with a stereotyped serial killer ahead of the law, and a predictable ending lacking logic. Some readers enjoy this sort of `wham-bam' action without proper explanations, but for me `In Broad Daylight' is too far-fetched and its characters are unbelievable. The story is narrated by the main protagonist, a somewhat maverick FBI agent who seems most concerned with her own standing amongst colleagues, and implausibly she withholds information from them. Furthermore I dislike crime novels where the investigator is part of the plot, and this is the essence of `In Broad Daylight' (spoiler already given in publicity material). Added to this is the ludicrous manner in which the FBI agent `feels things', `hears voices', acts on `hunches' etc. `In Broad Daylight' is not even average - hence 2-star rating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down. it got quite scarry at ...
couldn't put it down .it got quite scarry at times .
Published 18 days ago by Barbara Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this very much
Published 26 days ago by emma
3.0 out of 5 stars not a classic but a reasonable storyline
The ending is exciting but predictable. The main characters have an appeal and are credible but I could not see the FBI allowing the freedom given to Jessica.
Published 28 days ago by sidell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyable reading
Published 1 month ago by Bill R
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not riveting.
quite gory but at times rather tedious.I wasn't convinced that the choice of victims was explained or the killers fixation with the heroine.
Published 1 month ago by mr g Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Once I started reading this novel, I couldn't put it down. I especially liked mention of Alaska as I had just been on vacation there.
Published 1 month ago by Jacklx
4.0 out of 5 stars In broad daylight
Good read quick and pacey would recommend to people who are in to crime fiction well written will check out more by author
Published 1 month ago by paul anthony mason
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Brilliant story, easy to read with a dramatic climax. I would recommend this book to anyone, can' wait to read another Seth Harwood book!
Published 1 month ago by Andy Colbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book as there was some history of Alaska ...
I liked this book as there was some history of Alaska in it. I've been there but not to the same places and never seen the light n
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