Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery [NOOK Book]

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In a brilliant debut to a thrilling series, Grady Service gets news that his nemesis, the head of an incestuous clan of poachers, is to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot in the Mosquito Wilderness. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and capture the “ice hunter.”


For more on Joseph Heywood and the Woods Cop Mysteries, visit the author's website.

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Overview


In a brilliant debut to a thrilling series, Grady Service gets news that his nemesis, the head of an incestuous clan of poachers, is to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot in the Mosquito Wilderness. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and capture the “ice hunter.”


For more on Joseph Heywood and the Woods Cop Mysteries, visit the author's website.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Conservation officer Grady Service feels a special connection to the Mosquito Wilderness in Michigan's heavily forested Upper Peninsula, so when a serial arsonist shows up there, as well as the body of a man belonging to a notorious family of poachers and ex-cons, he takes the affronts personally. A second-generation officer of the Department of Natural Resources and a Vietnam veteran, Grady uses his tracking talents to corral the killer. 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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Conservation Officer Grady Service thinks nothing could be worse than the early release of Limpy Allerdyce, incorrigible poacher and attempted murderer, who's returned from prison to the pristine vistas of Michigan's Upper Peninsula just in time for the busy summer season. Then the body of Limpy's son is pulled from a fire with a bullet in the back. Heywood (The Snowfly, 2000, etc.) spices Grady's debut with signs of corruption deeper than a midwinter snow stretching all the way from industrial polluters to the statehouse.
From the Publisher
"Crisp writing, great scenery, quirky characters, and an absorbing plot add to the appeal of this memorable first entry in a promised series of Woods Cop mysteries."
—Wall Street Journal

"Heywood spices Grady's debut with signs of corruption deeper than a midwinter snow stretching all the way from industrial polluters to the statehouse."
—Kirkus Reviews

"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."
—Library Journal

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762794591
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/24/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 65,053
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joseph Heywood is the author of The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy, The Snowfly, and the Woods Cop mystery series. He frequents the wilds of the Upper Peninsula.
 

For more on Joseph Heywood and the Woods Cop Mysteries, visit the author's website.

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Read an Excerpt

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. . ."

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Brilliant writing

    I absolutely relished the characters in this mystery and the great depth the author went on to describe such vivid imagings and the great descriptions of the game warden profession. I could not put this story down. I look forward to reading all of his Woods Cop Mysteries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Great Outdoor Adventure

    The writer keeps you moving, on day to day events. I couldn't put the book down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    Interesting take on your usual detective novel. The protagonist

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Good Read

    Took a chance on a book with no reviews and was pleasantly surprised. Good story but if you don't like a lot of detail you will find yourself skipping pages to get to the action. Made me want to visit the UP of Michigan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Well written story

    Ice Hunter, was a very well written story that was pleasurable to read. The characters and plot were great, while the landscape was quite memorable.

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    Posted December 3, 2013

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