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In Broad Daylight

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  690 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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
Paperback, Thomas & Mercer, 248 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published 2011)
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this fast paced and suspenseful tale very enjoyable. There is a lot of FBI chasing Serial Killers books out there, I found this one refreshing. The characters are well written and the plot keeps you guessing. Not necessarily about who is the killer, but how is she going to catch the killer. I'll be checking out more books from this author.
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Moving away from the Jack Palms mystery series, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT is a police procedural which introduces readers to a new female protagonist in FBI agent Jess Harding, a professional who hunts serial killers – only this time, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Set in Alaska, Harwood managers to instil a good sense of time and place, enveloping the reader in a real sense of isolation and small town atmosphere. This is not one of the glamour FBI cases portrayed in popular genre fiction – IN BROAD DAY
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
************************FIRSTREADS ENTRY WINNER**********************

In broad daylight was a wonderful book written by a wonderful author. I really enjoyed reading this book, and hope to find more of your writings! The plot was wonderful, and steady throughout the whole book, and your writing style is also great! This is my favorite murder/crime book ever! The way you brought the characters in, and introduce them, and rather well the book! Jess was my favorite character because she went through
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating story. Jessica Harding is a FBI agent hot on the trail of a serial killer. Five years ago, she was in Anchorage, Alaska, chasing this same nightmare. It was her first time leading an investigation that contained crime scene after crime scene, and too few clues. After months, the scent grew cold and she was re-assigned to California. Now, the killer is back and so is Agent Harding.

This time around she has enough experience to put on a strong front for the benefit of her male
Ray Cooke
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping tale of an FBI agents hunt for a serial killer in Alaska.
Very strong characters, great story line, and I loved the descriptions of Alaskan life & the big country feel that the author imparts.
Great book, well written & edited.
The author also narrates this book, He has a good voice and his smooth style make this book an easy listen,
100% recommend.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my request, and I leave this honest review.

The Badger
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Harwood needs a female proofreader (or just a proofreader). In between all the corpses and chases, Harwood forgot to add a tiny thing called a "plot." Shooting the bad guy in the face whilst climbing up a 20-some story building in ballet flats is impressive, but it also means we never find out WHY he killed, and why he was obsessed with Jess.

Also, it took me half the book to realize that Oscar and Lindstrom were the same person. And as for the way Jess uses Lindstrom as both target practice for
Robert V. Rossi
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me hooked

I gave him five stars for this book because it did what a good book should do. It made me want to keep reading. The characters are realistic in an acceptable sense. You are not required to muddle through tons of minutia and meaningless drivel. Vitali-Ivan was the hard one for me. I don't want to give it away, though. I would suggest to Mr. Harwood that the "F" bombs brought no real value to the read, but were placed with precision. I would recommend this book to adults who are matu
Meagan Trent
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very enjoyable. Love the strong female lead!
The twists and utter determination of Special Agent Harding is unbelievable. She's going to get her man no matter the consequence.
Cheri Zweep
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book; my first read by Seth Harwood. I don't want to give anything away but at the end there is mention of the need for a Physical Therapist in Anchorage!!!
Crystal w
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story it was really fast paced and made you guess until the end. She is following the same killer she couldn't catch years before the first time around. So she goes after the killer again. It was good, and really kept me on my toes and kept my attention the whole time. Great book!
Rory Costello
Solid thriller with a good central figure and very effective use of location...but the bad guy was hazily drawn.
Julie Heckman
Eh . . . just didn't like the style . . .
Andrew Kirkhouse
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A good read with a very good ending
First read of this author for me , but will not be the last
Anne Glouner
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in one day!

Started reading in the AM and couldn't put it down!!! Very fast paced and suspenseful. Glad it ended the way it did.
Julia Richards
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by this book. The story line was well thought out and the suspense was captivating.
Rosemarie Lovesay
Agent too macho for me but did enjoy

Agent too macho for me but enjoyed learning about Alaska. Good story but Jess full of herself. But thank you
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-books
I do love crime thrillers so entering a Goodreads giveaway for this book was a no-brainer for me. I was very pleased to receive a copy. To be honest I was a little surprised that a male author was writing in the first person perspective of a female agent. After a slow start, the surprise wore off, the action ramped up and I was completely immersed into the story. Part of me was glad that the chapters were to-the-point kind of chapters because I'd have to make myself stop at the end of a chapter. ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Jessica Harding hatte vor Jahren in Alaska erfolglos gegen einen Serientäter ermittelt und war anschließend in San Francisco tätig. Nun ist sie zur Unterstützung der Kollegen vor Ort zurückgekehrt. Der Blick einer außenstehenden Person oder auch der Blick einer Frau in einem reinen Männerteam könnte die Ermittlungen voranbringen. Der Täter ist in den hellen Sommernächten im Juni aktiv, wenn die Sonne in Alaska erst gegen Mitternacht untergeht. Man fragt sich, wie er immer wieder unbeobachtet tät ...more
Virginia Campbell
Author Seth Harwood offers a tense psychological thriller with “In Broad Daylight”, featuring female FBI agent Jess Harding. For five years, the serial killer Harding tracked and was unable to capture has remained inactive and off the radar. Now, he’s gotten busy again, and Harding is called back to Alaska from San Francisco to work the case. Her old partner, Oscar Linstrom, is there to assist her, and he also hopes to have more than a working relationship with Jess. As soon as Harding begins wo ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, vine
At the start of In Broad Daylight by Seth Harwood, the book seems to have a lot going for it as a thriller. On the plus side, the Alaska location is a change of pace. Harwood does a good job of creating the setting, poking fun at such staples from the lower 48 as Starbucks and McDonalds. Things that we take for granted, such as jogging and 24 hour fitness centers become objects of derision in a state where for much of the year, merely walking outside in the snow is an aerobic activity.

The protag
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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 thin
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Seth Harwood at Where he posted his book "Jack Wakes Up" over a period of breathless weeks. I followed that series through all three books, meeting, along the way, Jack Palms, the Czechs, Jane Ganon and Junius Ponds among others. In Broad Daylight concerns none of these, but rather another agent from the San Francisco bureau of the FBI, Jess Harding.

In her past, as a new investigator, Harding had been the lead agent in charge of tracking a particularly horrific
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
* I received this book as a Goodread's First-Reads Giveaway

I give In Broad Daylight by Seth Harwood 3.5 Stars

Summary: This book is a murder mystery book following a FBI agent Jess Harding and her search for The Daylight Killer, a man who has killed dozens of women during Alaska's white nights.

-The main character is a female who is pretty bad-ass and independent. She's not the usual female protagonist who is wimpy and depends on others for everything.

-This is one of very few books I ca
Duncan Comrie
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jess Harding is a successful and dedicated FBI agent, the Daylight case was her first lead case, the one that got away. Five years have passed and then another murder, the Daylight serial killer has returned, but why after five years, where has he been for this time, why is he back.

Jess is reassigned and send back to Anchorage to pick up where she left off. She attacks the case with her usual dedication, but the more she digs, the more it appears as though the killer might be focusing on her. I
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
With its flashy premise involving an Alaskan serial killer returned to add to his spree of killings after a five year hiatus, this book starring FBI agent Jessica Harding is certainly attention-grabbing. And with its high body count and gruesome killings, it is a pretty exciting read. It is well-edited and fast-paced. It lacks, however, sufficient depth in its characters. Even the main character feels a bit shallow and certainly is not a dynamic character. The book has a realistic feel with its ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, e-books
In Broad Daylight is a gritty murder mystery investigated by FBI agent Jess Harding. A killer is up to their old tricks after taking a 5-year hiatus, and Agent Harding is called back to work the only unsolved blemish on her record. She hits the ground running, as the Daylight Killer leads her all across Alaska leaving bodies behind for Jess.

In Broad Daylight is fast-paced and engaging. As with many well-written books of the genre, the story has characters that hold your attention and keep you in
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
In Broad Daylight - I won this on Goodreads. This book was about a serial killer located in Alaska, who kills young females that are semi-athletic and more towards the independent side. The main character happens to fit this description and has also been trying to hunt him/her down for years but left the case to return to California. The killings begin again after a 5 year break period, so she comes back to Alaska to find out she is being hunted by the killer. At the latest crime scene she finds ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
FBI agent Jess Harding is called out to assist on a new murder case in the Alaskan wilderness. Jess soon learns why she was needed. The victim dead the same way as a prior serial killer that Jess was pursuing…five years ago. Also the killer has called out Jess. He wrote her name in blood. Now Jess is on a man hunt to finally stop the killer once and for all before she finds herself six feet under in a block of ice.

This book was alright but I was hoping for better. I thought that there were be a
By: Seth Harwood
Published By: Thomas & Mercer
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA

"In Broad Daylight" By Seth Harwood is a good 'psychological thriller' what will keep your interest. We find that FBI agent Jess Harding has been called back from San Francisco to Alaska to work a serial killer who had been inactive and off the radar but how he's back. So, Jess with her old partner, Oscar Linstrom will work with her once more. Is there something betwe
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mystery, fiction
This was a great book. I stayed up til midnight listening to the end (I was a couple episodes behind) and it was soo worth it! It was pretty hard to fall asleep after that ending though! I really, really loved this book and I can't wait to get it in print. Harwood does a great job narrating/reading and I really like that the main character is female and a total badass. I hope there are more Jess Harding novels, she's an interesting character and I would love to read more!

Briefly, Jess Harding is
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Seth Harwood received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and went on to build a large readership for his first novel, JACK WAKES UP, by serializing it as a free audiobook online. Currently audio versions of Harwood’s novels and stories have been downloaded over one million times.

He is the author of four additional novels, EVERYONE PAYS, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNI
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