"A highly skilled writer with a love of the Northwest, Hart paints a strong and vivid portrait of an important era in Northwest history, when we went from logging and fishing to software and finance."
-William Dietrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Seattle Times and author of The Final Forest
"Hart's debut is both a compelling mystery and a serious work of literature about coming of age, the dying newspaper business, and changes sweeping the Pacific Northwest forests. The writing is lyrical and the landscape is so expertly drawn that readers will be transported there even if they never leave their houses."
-Bruce DeSilva, former Associated Press senior editor and author of Providence Rag
"Jack Hart knows the Pacific Northwest waters and woods and characters as if he grew up on Puget Sound and still lives there, which he did and does. Skookum Summer features a hotshot young newshound stalking the bad guys-log rustlers and meth cookers-but it's even more a book about place. Hart nails it."
-Robin Cody, author of Ricochet River
"Skookum is a Pacific Northwest Indian word that translates to 'powerful,' 'splendid,' or 'memorable.' Jack Hart's prose is skookum. So is this novel."
-Richard Hoyt, author of Darwin's Secret
"Skookum Summer is a suspenseful and satisfying whodunit, but it is, simultaneously, the fully realized coming-of-age tale of a young man taking stock of himself for the first time. . . . One part murder mystery, one part journey of self-discovery, one part novel of ideas - Skookum Summer accomplishes an astonishing amount in just 300 pages. Jack Hart's substantial book entertains as it provokes thought and shines with the skookum of its subject."