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5/7/2012 8:05:00 AM
Skeleton Picnic examines illegal Anasazi artifacts trade
Michael Norman
Michael Norman

Utah author Michael Norman, author of Skeleton Picnic, will discuss the issue of the illegal Anasazi artifacts trade throughout the Southwest, on Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m., at The Well Red Coyote bookstore in West Sedona.

Norman did considerable research for his latest J.D. Books mystery, Skeleton Picnic.

"When I began doing research, I thought I had a passable understanding of the problem as well as what to do about it," he says. "However, I soon discovered that I knew a lot less about the subject than I thought, and that the problem itself is complex and filled with shades of gray."

Norman's discussion will focus on federal laws designed to control the problem, factors which contribute to the continuation of the trade, and steps that can be taken to reduce artifacts trafficking.

Michael Norman is a Professor Emeritus from Weber State University in Utah. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice for nearly 25 years.

Prior to his career in higher education, he was a police officer in the States of Washington and Colorado.

Skeleton Picnic is his fourth novel and the second featuring Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement Ranger J.D. books.

His other novels include On Deadly Ground, Silent Witness, and his debut mystery, The Commission, which was named a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2007.

The Well Red Coyote is located at 3190 W. Highway 89A, at the corner of 89A and Dry Creek Road.

For more information, call 282-2284 or go to

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