Ice Hunter (Woods Cop Series #1)

Ice Hunter (Woods Cop Series #1)

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by Joseph Heywood
     
 

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Meet Grady Service: a former Marine, renowned tracker, Conservation Officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter, the first of a new series of mysteries set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 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… See more details below

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Meet Grady Service: a former Marine, renowned tracker, Conservation Officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter, the first of a new series of mysteries set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 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 and the land protected by his C.O. father before him. Times are not easy for Service. As this summer season opens, he gets news that his nemesis, the despicable leader of an incestuous clan of poachers, is about to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot in the Mosquito Tract - something that inspires greed far beyond the hunter going over his limit, something that involves giants of industry and politics (including the governor of the State of Michigan) - something that too easily renders human life dispensable. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and hunt the "ice" hunter. Full of grit and wilderness lore, Ice Hunter show off Heywood's extraordinary talents Like his four earlier novels, which have gained him cult status for his intricate plots and outrageously unforgettable characters, Ice Hunter delivers and entices with the promise of more novels in the series to come. (6 1/4 X 9 1/4, 308 pages, map)

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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.
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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585742257
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Woods Cop Series, #1
Edition description:
First
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.12(d)

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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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