A former policeman who later received his doctorate in Criminal Justice and worked as a Professor of Criminal Justice for twenty-five years, Michael Norman decided, after years of academic writing, to try his hand at mystery writing. His debut mystery, The Commission, which Kirkus called "a refreshing throwback to the lean, straight-ahead police procedurals of the Dragnet era,” was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2007. Skeleton Picnic, the latest mystery by Michael Norman, is slated for national release in April.
Third generation Kanab, Utah, residents Rolly and Abigail Rogers come from a long line of dedicated pot hunters who scour the desert southwest in search of valuable artifacts. When the couple fails to return from a weekend “skeleton picnic” along the desolate Arizona Strip, local Sheriff Charley Sutter turns to Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Ranger J.D. Books for help.
Searching for clues, Books discovers the couple’s home has been broken into and their valuable antiquities collection stolen. Then the Rogers’ truck and trailer are found at an abandoned campsite near a recently excavated Anasazi ruin. Footprints and other evidence suggest that the couple may have been overpowered by an assailant. Soon it becomes clear that the Rogers’ disappearance may not be an isolated incident: law enforcement authorities in the area have identified several unsolved missing person’s cases involving pot hunters who have gone missing under similar circumstances.
Books, along with Sheriff Sutter’s attractive young deputy, Beth Tanner, investigate. Soon, Books’ own survival skills are tested. The hunter becomes the hunted—and only one person gets to go home alive.
A native of Seattle, Michael Norman lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife Diane, and their two pit bulls, Eddie and Annie. Michael is also the author of On Deadly Ground, Silent Witness, and The Commission. Visit Michael Norman online at: www.michaelnormanauthor.com
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