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Joseph Heywood ratchets up the suspense in yet anotherWOODS COP MYSTERY MEET GRADY SERVICE: former Marine, renowned tracker, conservation officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter—the first of a series of mysteries set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and celebrated for its intricate plots and outrageously unforgettable characters—Service defends his turf with the tenacity of a bear and the wisdom of an ancient. He shuns all creature comforts and consumerism and is most at home ...
Joseph Heywood ratchets up the suspense in yet anotherWOODS COP MYSTERY MEET GRADY SERVICE: former Marine, renowned tracker, conservation officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter—the first of a series of mysteries set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and celebrated for its intricate plots and outrageously unforgettable characters—Service defends his turf with the tenacity of a bear and the wisdom of an ancient. He shuns all creature comforts and consumerism and is most at home stalking the Mosquito Tract, his self-designated wilderness. Times are not easy for Service. As the summer season opens, he gets news that his nemesis, the despicable leader of an incestuous clan of poachers, is to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot—something that inspires untold greed, involves giants of industry and politics, and renders human life dispensable. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and capture the “ice hunter.” Full of grit and wilderness lore, Ice Hunter pulls you in and won’t let you go.
"Heywood spices Grady's debut with signs of corruption deeper than a midwinter snow stretching all the way from industrial polluters to the statehouse."
"Heywood builds his surrounds slowly. . .peopling his novels with memorably idiosyncratic characters and conveying an overall sense of reverence for nature. An engaging read and a promising series debut."
"A standout." "A strong sense of place, a protagonist with a moral commitment to his job, and a fleshed-out community of hard-working conservation officers and their colleagues in law enforcement make this a promising beginning to the series."—Publishers Weekly
"Heywood, author of such thrillers as The Snowfly and The Berkut, builds his surrounds slowly, peopling them with memorably idiosyncratic characters and conveying an overall sense of reverence for nature. An engaging read and promising series debut."—Library Journal
"Ice Hunter is one of the all-time most tantalizing, entrancing, real-world novels the reviewer has read. Get it!...It is for everyone with ties to the outdoors. Or, for that matter, everyone who gets into fast-action mystery novels."—Glen "Shep" Sheppard, The North Woods Call magazine
"The story is well plotted and beautifully executed...Joseph Heywood is a wonderful storyteller."—Sally Powers
The dog shadowed Service around the cabin in the early morning, staying close and watching, but not interfering."Take her along with you today," Kira said sleepily from the bed. "She'll be good company.""I can't. It's against regs.""Don't be so contrary. Just tell her what you want. She's better trained than you."His legs felt rubbery. His fear of dogs was entirely irrational, but it had always been there; he had tried several times to conquer it, to no avail."Okay," he said, pushing open the front door. The mastiff followed him out. When he opened the passenger door, the dog jumped up and sat down. It was embarrassing to be a conservation officer afraid of dogs."You'll do as I say," Service said to the dog as he slid behind the wheel.The dog woofed softly, taking him by surprise. "You don't understand a damn word I say. That was coincidence."The animal woofed again and stared at him."This is my truck and I'll do the talking." Damn Kira.Nantz's truck was already there when Service pulled in. Her feet were sticking out the driver's window. The sky was suggesting gray, morning twilight under way."Skeeters will make you their breakfast," he said, tickling one of her bare feet.Her feet recoiled slightly. "I've got a lot of testosterone," she said. "It keeps skeeters and men away."He smiled. "I doubt that. . ."
Posted October 9, 2008
Posted June 13, 2013
Interesting take on your usual detective novel. The protagonist is unique and his story it winds through the land he protects and the mystery he solves to leave you with more substance than the usual affair.
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