Running Dark (Woods Cop Series #4)

Running Dark (Woods Cop Series #4)

by Joseph Heywood
     
 

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Grady Service is back.
And this time the scene is dicier than ever. We go back in time twenty-five years to meet Service as a young Conservation Officer. He's still fresh from Vietnam, but he's on his home turf now. Service is good at his new job and he's been tapped for an unusual assignment that threatens to be his last. It's the height of the historical

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Grady Service is back.
And this time the scene is dicier than ever. We go back in time twenty-five years to meet Service as a young Conservation Officer. He's still fresh from Vietnam, but he's on his home turf now. Service is good at his new job and he's been tapped for an unusual assignment that threatens to be his last. It's the height of the historical battle in the U.P.'s Garden Peninsula. The Garden has always been a lawless place, where armed fishermen claim their takes and to hell with law enforcement. The renegades far outgun the COs who, understaffed and underfunded, risk their lives to attempt to enforce limits. Shootouts are common, intimidation reigns, and overfishing continues. Service goes undercover to expose the leaders of the Garden revolt. With the aid of a one-legged female informant and lessons of stealth learned in the jungles of Vietnam, Service descends into the land of outlaws. The question goes beyond whether he will come out of the Garden alive, to whether he can root out the criminals without becoming one himself.
Full of outrageous characters and the verisimilitude Heywood is famous for, Running Dark is a wild and fully entertaining ride.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For a change of pace, Heywood sets his fourth Woods Cop mystery (after 2003's Chasing a Blond Moon) in the mid '70s, to show the formative early experiences of his series hero, dedicated conservation officer Grady Service. Recently returned from fighting an unwinnable war against insurgents in Southeast Asia, Service finds himself in a depressingly similar situation stateside. The portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula known as the Garden is the setting for another type of guerrilla war-one that sets Service and his comrades against lawless, violent natives who flaunt fish and game regulations that seek to balance the needs of those who make their living from the abundant wildlife with the needs of the environment. To break the impasse, Service participates in a clandestine counterinsurgency campaign (its particulars are kept a closely guarded secret because of a suspected mole), which supplants the mystery solving for long stretches. As a result, the eventual identification of the assailant who stabbed a simpleminded local comes as an anticlimax. Outdoors types will especially appreciate the involved battles over commercial fishing limits and poaching. Agent, Betsy Nolan. (June 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Engrossing stuff. Lots of well-plotted action and an offbeat, affecting love story."—Kirkus Reviews "Outdoors-types will especially appreciate the involved battles over commercial fishing limits and poaching."—Publishers Weekly" . . . easy to read . . . full of engaging characters . . ."—Bay City Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592286171
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Series:
Woods Cop Series , #4
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Heywood is the author of the Woods Cop mystery series, a critically acclaimed series published by Lyons that includes Ice Hunter, Blue Wolf in Green Fire, and Chasing a Blond Moon. He is also the author of The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy, and The Snowfly. He lives in Portage, Michigan.

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