Born in Boston, Massachussetts, 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.
During the endless days of an Alaskan summer, 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 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.