OGDEN, Utah – When Michael Norman, an emeritus professor of criminal justice at Weber State University, was drafting his first attempt at a novel, a work that later became "The Commission," he never thought he would finish.
"I really thought I'd wake up one day, it wouldn't be there anymore, and that would be that," he said.
More than a year after his debut novel, which was named a Best Book of 2007 by Publishers Weekly, was released, Poisoned Pen Press has published Norman's second book, "Silent Witness," this month.
The new book is the sequel to "The Commission" and follows lead character Sam Kincaid, chief of a special investigations branch of the Utah Department of Corrections, as he tries to keep the witness to an armed car robbery alive. The accused car robber is the leader of a polygamist group, and his followers are ensuring that witnesses to the crime never make it to the stand.
Norman has been a WSU professor in the Department of Criminal Justice since 1981 and continues to teach an occasional course at the university. Prior to his work at WSU, he was a police officer and state parole board member.
Readers can find "Silent Witness" on sale at Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon.com, as well as local independent bookstores.
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