Blue Wolf in Green Fire (Woods Cop Series #2)by Joseph Heywood
Upper Michigan Conservation Officer Grady Service has a case on his hands that doesn't make sense. A series of protests and bombs planted by a group of animal-rights activists appears to have culminated in a double murder at a wolf lab, which releases into the wild an extraordinarily rare animal: a blue wolf. To the Ojibwa a blue wolf represents good luck, unless it… See more details below
Upper Michigan Conservation Officer Grady Service has a case on his hands that doesn't make sense. A series of protests and bombs planted by a group of animal-rights activists appears to have culminated in a double murder at a wolf lab, which releases into the wild an extraordinarily rare animal: a blue wolf. To the Ojibwa a blue wolf represents good luck, unless it is captured or killed, and then it is an omen of Armageddon. Service suspects that the murders aren't what they seem to be when the FBI takes over the investigation and reaches far beyond its jurisdiction. Meanwhile, an elusive poaching ring that has been systematically killing trophy deer set its sights on wolves, of which there is a growing wild population in the Upper Peninsula. Once again, Service must defend his hallowed Mosquito Wilderness in a race against time when it becomes clear that the poachers' final target is the blue wolf. The novel's brilliant finale will cement Heywood's reputation as one of today's great mystery writers, and the Wood Cops series as the most exciting to come along in years. Full of outrageous, unforgettable characters and steeped in the lives of the Woods Cops, Blue Wolf in Green Fire is also a masterpiece of suspense. It's a fully satisfying journey into the natural world and beyond, into the terrifying extremes of human nature. (6 x 9 1/4, 352 pages) Joseph Heywood is the author of The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy, The Snowfly, and Ice Hunter. He lives and writes in Portage, Michigan, and frequents the wilds of the Upper Peninsula.
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Excerpt:Talking to Tree always made him feel better, but it didn't seem to change the fact that he was in a screwy situationand this business with SuRo seemed ludicrous. He hoped she wouldn't try to chuck him out when he began asking questions. Seeing her was a waste of time, his gut told him. He had too many other questions he'd rather pursue. What was the exact security setup at Vermillion, and if there were tapes and the feds had them, when were they going to share? And what exactly was a blue wolf? For that he would have to drive all the way to Crystal Falls and see Yogi Zambonet, the biologist who headed the state's wolf recovery program. Yogi had been born in Chassell, had gotten his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and worked in Alaska and Idaho before returning home to Michigan, where he had developed into one of the most respected wolf biologists in the country.Within the DNR Yogi was affectionately called Wolf Daddy. A tall gaunt man with a shaggy beard and long hair tied in a ponytail, the biologist tended to spend a lot of time alone in the field observing and tracking his animals, and catching up to him might prove difficult. Service radioed the district office in Crystal Falls, asked for the biologist, and was told he was not due in until the next morning. Service left a message that he needed to see him. He left his number for a call-back, and tried to shift his thoughts to Pidge Carmody and poachers.But he was in no mood to think about work. Just outside St. Ignace he called Nantz's hotel and was put through to her room. "I'm sorry I had to bail out so fast, honey," he said."I'm glad you called, Grady. I've been worried. What happened at Vermillion?""There was an explosion," he said."But people were killed. Is this related to the stuff at Tech? ""We don't know," he said. "You should see the vultures gathering: feds, state, county, everybody seems to be looking for a piece of the action."
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