Books by Michael Norman

SLOW BURN by Michael Norman
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"If readers don't mind prose that occasionally stumbles instead of soars, they'll enjoy following Norman's hero as he figures out the next steps in his life."
Demoted Utah cop Sam Kincaid must put aside personal feelings when the daughter of the man who demoted him is kidnapped. Read full book review >
ON DEADLY GROUND by Michael Norman
Released: March 1, 2010

"Too many dangling ends and melodramatic riffs to have the lean appeal of Norman's neatly turned police procedurals (The Commission, 2007, etc.). But Books is a likable hero."
Utah attracts eco-terrorists, free-range ranchers and one very determined assassin. Read full book review >
Released: June 16, 2009

"Highly recommended for students of the Pacific War."
Assiduous account of the Japanese conquest of the Philippines in World War II and the fate of the American garrison there. Read full book review >
SILENT WITNESS by Michael Norman
Released: May 1, 2008

"Nothing fancy, but a second authoritative, highly readable police procedural from a writer who earned his cop chops in the trenches."
Two witnesses to an armored car heist—and then there are none. Read full book review >
THE COMMISSION by Michael Norman
Released: Feb. 9, 2007

"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."
A parole board chair's murder makes both politicians and the press anxious. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Clump, clump, clump."
Fourth in Norman and the late Scott's series on Haunted America (Historic Haunted America, 1995, etc.), with stories far-distant from the more applied studies of the paranormal at Duke University or the American Society for Psychical Research. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

Norman and Scott (Haunted America, 1994, etc.) scare up yet another spiritless collection of eerie goings-on across the USA and Canada. In his foreword to this volume, which is organized alphabetically, state by state, Norman offers that ``in some cases . . . a modern visitor might expect to encounter the phantoms you'll read about in these pages. . . . Other stories are purely historical and the ghosts have probably departed for parts unknown.'' How convenient! Forget that many of this work's dubious events and testimonials are substantiated by such ``authorities'' as the ever-handy ``several prominent psychics,'' or ``one witness'' who ``swore he saw a Hessian soldier'' in the 1960s. This book's fatal flaw is its ne'er-flagging reliance on suspension of disbelief as the central narrative device. Indeed, the authors do their damnedest to spook readers, and they very nearly succeed in Alaska's entry, in which an elderly Inuit woman mutilates herself as a tactic to frighten her unruly grandsons into good behavior. However, for the most part, the storiesa couple who are run off from their Michigan dream home by a shotgun-totin' specter, rehearsing Broadway actors who hear ``strange noises''come off like hokey campfire scare-ums. Haunted mansions, ominous fog banks, spooky deserted roads, deranged widows, even Blackbeard's treasurenothing is too cheesy for inclusion in this collection of urban myths, old wives tales, and crackerbarrel pontificating. The only real fright in this book is that Norman (Scott died in 1994) might have enough material left over to add another volume to the Haunted series. (Author tour) Read full book review >