R.J. Norgard was born and raised on Port Clinton, Ohio, a stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Erie. He began working as a reporter and photographer for the local newspaper while still in high school before embarking on a career in the U.S. Army in the field of counterintelligence. Upon his retirement, he went into business as a private investigator in Alaska, work that would later proved invaluable when he penned his first detective novel, Trophy Kill. After spending 21 years in Alaska, he has returned to his hometown where he devotes his time to writing as well as volunteering in he local community. As president of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, he a written a book-length history of the of the town’s historic pier lighthouse. He resides with his partner, Suzy, on Catawba Island and is currently working on his second Sidney Reed novel.