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On Deadly Ground: A J.D. Books Mystery (J.D. Books Mystery #1)

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Kanab, Utah is bitterly divided by the politics of land management. When environmentalist David Greenbriar is found dead, County Sheriff, Charley Sutter, seeks help from newly appointed Law Enforcement Ranger, J. D. Books. Books discovers that the victim’s widow has been having an affair with Lance Clayburn. Physical evidence links Clayburn to the killing. Books connects G ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2010)
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May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
J.D. returns back to his hometown to become a law enforcement officer for the BLM and on his very first day has a bizarre murder to solve. Lots of animosity between the land owners and the tree huggers.
Cathy Cole
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
First Line: Environmental activist David Greenbriar climbed steadily higher onto the Kaiparowits Plateau, unaware that this would be his last sojourn into Utah's southern wilderness.

Kanab, Utah is divided by one topic: land management. On one side are those who want federal lands to be opened for ranching, recreation, and the creation of jobs (mining, etc.). On the other side are those who want these delicate ecosystems closely monitored and protected.

Recently arrived from Denver where he was a
Linda B
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
On Deadly Ground by Michael Norman is thrilling murder mystery set in the surrounding area of Kanab, a small town in southern Utah. Former Denver police officer J.D. Books returns to his home town as a Bureau of Land Management Ranger and immediately gets caught up in a murder investigation.

The story takes many twists when J.D. and Sheriff Sutter investigate the likely suspects and their motives. As the story unfolds there are also surprises both for the investigation and personally for J.D. Th
David Berkowitz
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
On Deadly Ground is very readable. The thing I liked best is that the detective works for the Bureau of Land Management. I hadn't seen anything like that before. So I had the opportunity to look at Western land use issues that I never thought about before.

The author is careful to make no judgements about right or wrong uses of the land. Both views are presented, as characters from both sides of the playing field are suspects in the murder of an environmentalist. I'm sure many readers choose a l
Dorothy Webb
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This has it all -- the Mafia, a high school love, land issues. I enjoyed the read. Also enjoyed the trip to Kanab. Haven't been there in a long time.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Liked the cast, plot and twists. Will read author again. Well narrated Patrick Lawler. text 2010. Some foul language. Recommended to those who like ecological issues and mystery novels.
This is not a complicated who-done it. Easy to listen to. (supportunion)
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
The characters were kind of flat. The small town mormon population was not true to form. It was in interesting idea for a mystery and the setting was great.
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Michael D. Norman lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife Diane and their two pit bulls, Joyce and Eddie. He is a former police officer, state parole board member, and most recently, a Professor of Criminal Justice at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

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