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KSL Newsradio announces new fictional podcast ‘A Gentle Thief’

SALT LAKE CITY – On April 16, KSL will launch “The A Gentle Thief,” an audiobook told by KSL NewsRadio’s Amanda Dickson. It’s based on her fictional novel of the same name. “A Gentle Thief” is distributed as a free podcast thanks to the sponsorship of Superior Water and Air.


‘A Gentle Thief’: Story

“A Gentle Thief” is the story of a young girl, Madeline Johnson, found dead on New Year’s Day in Cedar City, Utah, with a single gunshot wound to her right temple, cradling a gun to her chest. Her neighbor found her and called the police to report a suicide.

The local police assumed it was a suicide, and everyone else did, too, except for the girl’s father. He was not unlike many family members of suicide victims in this regard, except that he fought for years — decades — to have her death certificate changed. This was his only mission in life.

Enter Sophie Brownlie, a young attorney who feels a passion for the first case she is handed, for the tragic death of this young girl 20 years ago, and for her father still suffering so many years later. “A Gentle Thief” is the unraveling of whether Madeline died by her own hand, or whether the boyfriend she had broken up with just days before her death was somehow involved or perhaps someone else, someone the police failed to look at might have played a role.

The novel is set in Las Vegas and Cedar City, and is filled with the language of Shakespeare, which Madeline loved, and which speaks to the reader throughout, helping her uncover the truth.


About the author/host

Amanda Dickson is a radio announcer, author, newspaper columnist and speaker based in Salt Lake City. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah. She practiced law for a brief time before returning to her first love of radio. Dickson taught mass communication law at the University of Utah, becoming a favorite professor among the students. She published her first book in the fall of 2007, “Wake Up to a Happier Life.” Her second book, “Change It Up,” came out in October 2009.

Dickson is married and the stepmother of three children, Cameron, 18, Ashley, 21, and Laurel, 22. She is also the indulgent mother of two children, Ethan, 6, and Aiden, 4. For more info, go to

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