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Read By: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Sam Kincaid Mysteries Release Date: August 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481573030

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16:24 minutes

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03:21 minutes

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08:22 minutes

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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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"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 (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “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


  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007

The Commission Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 (3.75)
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  • Overall Performance: 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
  • Overall Performance: 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
  • Overall Performance: 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
  • Overall Performance: 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 Michael Norman

Michael Norman, a native of Seattle, spent his adult life in Colorado and Utah. He is a former police officer, state parole board member, and professor of criminal justice at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. His first novel, The Commission, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2007. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife Diane, and their pit bulls, Eddie and Joyce.

About William Dufris

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.