"Trophy Kill goes well beyond offering the ingredients that fans of this genre expect. It is exciting, well-paced, and sprinkled with that special surly humor characteristic of a hard-boiled detective telling us his story in the first person. But what makes this one stand out--way out--among who-dun-its is Norgard's treatment of his hero. Sidney Reed is not one of those cardboard cut-outs who is content to make clever quips designed to help us pretend he is real. Right along with the development of the plot, Reed evolves as a person any of us might recognize. He draws us into himself, becoming someone we can't help having feelings for as we see him grow, much the way a character in a high-quality literary novel would do. I highly recommend Trophy Kill." - Patrick Lawrence O'Keeffe, author of Cold Air Return

  "Just as Stieg Larsson's Millennium series is enriched by its Swedish backdrop, R.J. Norgard uses the stark, extreme setting of Alaska to set the tone for his taut thriller. Fans of Larsson's Mikael Blomkvist will make fast friends with P.I. Sidney Reed, the novel's damaged, witty protagonist." - Julia Watts, author of Quiver

  "In this accomplished novel, Norgard brings his own experience as a local-newspaper reporter and a private investigator to bear on a mystery that he imbues with a palpable sense of place . . . An offbeat mystery story that builds a strong stage for future whodunits." - Kirkus Reviews

  PI Sidney Reed, the guilt-ridden hero of Norgard’s promising debut and series launch set in Alaska, has led a reclusive existence ever since his wife’s suicide a year earlier. His dire financial straits lead him to accept a case from Elizabeth Landers, who’s worried about her fiancé, Harvey Kashill, following some unusual behavior. On two consecutive Fridays, Harvey left her abruptly after dinner and disappeared for two hours without offering any explanation. When Reed surveils Kahill, however, matters turn violent, and he pursues the theory that Harvey’s actions may be connected with the death of Elizabeth’s husband, Tom, two years earlier. Tom, Harvey, and a third man had been on a hunting trip when Tom was fatally gored by a charging moose, which the others were unable to shoot in time to save him. Norgard does a solid job of making genre conventions feel fresh. A sympathetic lead and nuanced characterizations bode well for future series entries. - BookLife


“Alaska’s rugged unforgiving terrain, populated with hard-drinking men, keeps the reader turning pages in Trophy Kill. But it’s detective Sidney Reed’s coming to grips with his own trauma that makes this more than a detective’s who-done-it. Norgard’s subtle and lightly-placed clues are the kind a reader long remembers when the puzzle pieces finally fit.”

         —Joseph G. Anthony, author of A               Wounded Snake




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