Blue Wolf In Green Fire: A Woods Cop Mystery

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Joseph Heywood ratchets up the suspense in yet another
WOODS COP MYSTERY
 
Upper Michigan Conservation Officer Grady Service has a case on his hands that doesn?t make sense. A series of protests and bombings by 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 ...

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Overview

Joseph Heywood ratchets up the suspense in yet another
WOODS COP MYSTERY
 
Upper Michigan Conservation Officer Grady Service has a case on his hands that doesn’t make sense. A series of protests and bombings by 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 sets its sights on wolves. Once again, Service must defend his hallowed Mosquito Wilderness in a race against time when it becomes clear that its final target is the blue wolf.
 
Full of memorable characters and steeped in the lives of woods cops, Blue Wolf in Green Fire is also a masterpiece of suspense. This second book in the Woods Cop series is a fully satisfying journey into the natural world and beyond, into the terrifying extremes of human nature.

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"A gripping plot, replete with memorable surrounds and spiky characters, makes this second in the series (after Ice Hunter) an excellent choice for most collections. A good pick also for readers who enjoy outdoor mysteries by such authors as Nevada Barr or Dana Stabenow."
—Library Journal

"This second Woods Cop procedural is well written, suspenseful, and bleakly humorous while moving as quickly as a wolf cutting through winter woods. In addition to strong characters and a compelling romance, Heywood provides vivid, detailed descriptions of the wilderness and the various procedures and techniques of conservation officers and poachers. The tricky, evasive behavior of federal officials recalls the atmosphere of The X-Files, while the police procedure and banter evoke K.C. Constantine’s Mario Balzic series. Highly recommended."
—Booklist

"Compelling ideas and taut suspense distinguish the second in Heywood's series...When the action takes over, Heywood is incomparable. One hopes Heywood has a long writing career ahead of him."
—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599213590
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 275,702
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Heywood is the author of Running Dark, 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.

For more on Joseph Heywood and the Woods Cop Mysteries, visit www.josephheywood.com

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Talking to Tree always made him feel better, but it didn't seem to change the fact that he was in a screwy situation—and 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2009

    Heywod gets the UP right

    I am really impressed by Heywood's rendering of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the actual job and reality of Conservation Officers, and the odd political layering that happens in parts of the country with fewer people but where everyone has or wants his fingers in the pie. There is none of the camp that most associate with Da Yoopers, but like Cheeseheads, there is the acceptance of that notoriety with a nod and the half-hope that the misconceptions will keep everyone else away and leave them be. Oh, and the mystery is an excellent one with results that are neither overly doom and gloom nor hopelessly optimistic, which in itself is a breath of fresh air.

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    Posted November 17, 2013

    Arrow to Buck

    Buck? Is that really you?

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    Posted November 17, 2013

    Buck to arrow

    Holly crud i cant beleave i found you i have missed you soooo mutch...he said wile bouncing all around out of joy.

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    Silvermist

    Oh. Should we join someone else then?

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