Michael Norman is passionate about reading and writing mysteries, so he is pleased to announce the publication of his fourth novel, Skeleton Picnic. In this book, Michael takes readers into the murky world of people who illegally loot Anasazi and Fremont Indian sites for ancient artifacts. When a prominent Kanab, Utah, couple go missing from a weekend "skeleton picnic" ( a pot hunting trip), local Sheriff Charley Sutter turns to Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Ranger J.D. Books for help. Skeleton Picnic is the second J.D. Books novel, following the 2010 release of On Deadly Ground.

Michael's other two novels, The Commission, and Silent Witness, featured Sam Kincaid, Chief of the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) of Utah Department of Corrections. For Sam Kincaid fans, Michael wants you to know that he is currently hard at work on a new Sam Kincaid mystery, Slow Burn. Stay tuned.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Michael has lived his adult life in Colorado and Utah. Focused on criminal justice, he spent his early career policing in Bellevue, Washington, and later in Lakewood, Colorado. His interests shifted to teaching, and he returned to the university to complete a doctorate in criminal justice.

Michael spent 25 years as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. During that time, he served on the Utah State Youth Parole Authority followed by a term on the State Board of Pardons and Parole.

Michael lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Diane, and their two pit bulls, Annie and Eddie. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. The Normans love to ski in the mountains of Utah in the winter and hike in the mountains of Wyoming in the summer.

In addition to his interest in all things sleuth, Michael is also passionate about art, particularly western art. See the art on his website. Very nice indeed!