Michael Matson is the author of The Diamond Tree, a fairytale; of The Dancing Boy, the first Treat Mikkelson mystery; The Chinese Girl and other Western Short Stories; of Freedom’s Price and Greed; and of Dancer on Horseback, an inspirational story for girls.  His short stories have been published in Frontier Tales Magazine and in Short Story America’s annual anthologies.
Formerly from Seattle, Washington, Michael used his extensive knowledge of the Pacific Northwest as background material for both The Dancing Boy and Fair Game. He divides his time between Texas and Mexico. The cartel material in Fair Game is based on first-hand observation of similar events in Mexico. Works by this author can be found on Amazon. ​

This author knows how to create a suspenseful murder mystery with new twists and turns in every chapter. It is a powerful read and concerns a subject of child slavery that must be stopped. Please read this book as you will remember it for a very long time!

-Amazon review of The Dancing Boy


The Dancing Boy

Treat Mikkelson is not exactly a burnt-out case but he’s grown tired of his life as a criminologist, weary of memories of a marriage gone wrong and of his time in Vietnam. Trying to burn the bridges to his past, he finds and remodels a cabin on a small Pacific Northwest Island, settles down to enjoy fishing, setting his crab pot, digging for clams and documenting the lives of his island neighbors.

Fair Game: A Treat Mikkelson Crime Novel

When the Los Santos cartel in Mexico came up with what they thought was a foolproof way to distribute methamphetamines in the United State, they didn’t figure a do-gooder like Michael Medina into the equation. After Michael is killed trying to expose their plan, Treat Mikkelson is drawn reluctantly into a harrowing investigation of the young man’s death that leads to gang warfare and nearly the death of the woman he loves at the hands of a psychotic killer.