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Author: Michael Norman Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Sam Kincaid Mysteries Release Date: September 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481573030

Publisher Description

Levi Vogue, chairman of the powerful Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, is gunned down in the driveway of his home as he returns from a late evening tryst with Sue Ann Winkler, an exotic dancer at a Salt Lake City strip club. Sam Kincaid, chief of the Special Investigations Branch of the Utah Department of Corrections, is assigned to help Salt Lake City Police Department homicide detective Lieutenant Kate McConnell solve Vogue’s murder. The investigation soon leads Kincaid and McConnell into the seedy world of prostitution and strip clubs.

The investigation focuses on Charles “Slick” Watts, a violent ex-convict with a long criminal history and a score to settle with Vogue. Then a body is discovered at an abandoned military base in Wendover, Nevada, and the medical examiner concludes that it was a homicide elaborately staged to look like a suicide. Kincaid and McConnell are forced to turn their attention to a complex conspiracy behind the killings. Ultimately, the investigation leads Kincaid and McConnell to a small elite group known as the Commission. As the police close in, the suspects turn first on each other and then on Kincaid.

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Quotes

  • “Norman paints Kincaid as a savvy modern-day hero who’s more worried about raising his eight-year-old daughter than in scoring with a femme fatale or his comely partner. Sure, he’s PC, but how can you not root for such a stand-up guy.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  •  “This impressive debut from a criminal justice professor and former lawman exudes verisimilitude from start to finish…Norman is off to a fine start with this alternately gripping and repellent crime novel.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Sam is teamed with athletic, impulsive Salt Lake detective Katherine McConnell...A refreshing throwback to the lean, straight-ahead police procedurals of the Dragnet era. In his fiction debut, Norman’s precise, foursquare prose is a perfect match for his story. Bring on the series.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Fast pacing, plot twists, engaging characters, and an inside view of the prison system combine in this strong series debut.”

    - Booklist

Awards

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007

Customer Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The writing was flat and unimaginative, but ... well, this was an okay book. I think it does tellquite a lot that I have nothing to say of this. More like 2,5 - 3- stars... "

    - Kipi, 12/4/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " very interesting mystery revolving around the state prison system. Recommended! "

    - melody, 10/19/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a nice easy read. I needed something light and entertaining to read while traveling and this was perfect. Not a masterpiece but I enjoyed it enough that I'll proceed to another book in this series. "

    - Leslie, 5/29/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this crime book because it was set in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was fun to read about places that I knew about. Also, my husband thinks Michael Norman was his teacher at Weber State! "

    - Christen, 10/27/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " not bad...not great...a free e book for my kindle pc "

    - Betty, 10/12/2012

About the Author

Michael Norman, a former reporter for the New York Times, teaches narrative journalism at New York University. Elizabeth M. Norman, the author of two books about war, teaches at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

About the Narrator

L. E. Modesitt Jr. is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and four fantasy series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre. In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first story was published in 1973. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.