Praise for Trophy Kill
"[Trophy Kill] is classic, old-school detective fiction. A beautiful woman. Murder and mystery. Lots of booze and hangovers. Wonderful descriptions of the Alaskan countryside and weather and an array of fascinating people who populate this wilderness. It's a page-turner . . ." -- Pudding Magazine
"Norgard does a solid job of making genre conventions feel fresh. A sympathetic lead and nuanced characterizations bode well for future series entries." -- Publisher's Weekly
"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
"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
"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
"Alaska's rugged unforgiving terrain keeps the reader turning pages, but it's 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