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Book review: 'Framed' is a surprising page-turner

Published: Saturday, June 1 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

"Framed" is a new novel by Clair M. Poulson (Covenant Communications) "Framed" is a new novel by Clair M. Poulson (Covenant Communications)

"FRAMED," by Clair M. Poulson, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 227 pages (f)

Clair M. Poulson pulls off another page-turner with his recent novel “Framed,” although it's difficult at the beginning due to detailed paragraphs about a bee buzzing over a man’s head.

The novel is based around Adriana Chambers, a young woman who sees a stranded motorist struggling with a flat tire. As most Samaritans do, she pulls over and offers help to the distressed man.

As the young Mormon student finds herself the only witness to this man’s whereabouts that morning, she is unwittingly drawn into a criminal investigation that tests her powers of reasoning and judgment. The stranded motorist, Jerzy Grabowski, has been charged with murder in the death of a very successful attorney. The complication: He’s innocent.

Clair M. Poulson's new book is called "Framed." (Provided by Covenant Communications) Clair M. Poulson's new book is called "Framed." (Provided by Covenant Communications)

Alongside the love interest/detective Brad Osborne, Adriana embarks on a journey through a maze of organized crime in an effort to prove Jerzy’s innocence. Adriana soon discovers a connection between murder and the legacy of lies left by her estranged father.

Her determination to uncover the truth jeopardizes all she holds dear. She soon discovers appearances mean nil and she must do all within her power to keep herself and her mother alive.

Even to the last pages in the book, the reader will be left with a surprise.

As this is Poulson’s 23rd published novel, his expertise and wealth of knowledge about the criminal justice system has come through serving more than 40 years in law enforcement.

During his career, he has served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department, where he was first a deputy and then the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for 19 years.

"Framed" is a new novel by Clair M. Poulson (Covenant Communications) "Framed" is a new novel by Clair M. Poulson (Covenant Communications)

Poulson has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Utah Judicial Council, FBI Advisory Board, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Justice Court Board of Directors and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

Other interests include activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assisting his oldest son in operating their grocery store, ranching with his oldest son and other family members, and raising registered Missouri Fox Trotter horses.

Poulson and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have 22 grandchildren.

Micah Klug graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She currently lives in Rexburg, Idaho, with her husband and daughter.

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