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Death Roe: A Woods Cop Mystery (Woods Cop Mysteries) Hardcover – September 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Woods Cop Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214283
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Heywood is a master of his form. . . . He writes tough enough to appeal to the male reader without being too tough for the female reader who would eschew the testosterone-obsessed.”
Detroit Free Press

“Top-notch action scenes, engaging characters both major and minor, masterful dialogue, and a passionate sense of place make this a fine series.”

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“Heywood has crafted an entertaining bunch of characters. An absorbing narrative twists and turns in a setting ripe for corruption.”
Dallas Morning News

From the Inside Flap

In the sixth and newest title in the Woods Cop Mystery series, another suspenseful who-done-it finds Grady Service with an unexpectedly complex, truly rotten, and important case on his hands. This time tainted eggs are showing up in caviar, and Service must expose a ring of corruption in state government and perhaps within his own beloved Department of Natural Resources, one that could lead him all the way to the top.

Making enemies at every level of the state, Service rousts out the people on the take. Can he get to the source of the contaminated eggs and prove it? Pitting corporate greed against the health of the general public isn’t something Service takes lightly. He doesn’t rest until there has been full exposure in a case that takes him from the wilds of the Upper Peninsula to the jungles of the state capital, into the maw of the Ukrainian mafia in New York City and onto distant beaches of Central America.
Death Roe once again confirms Joseph Heywood’s stature as a master crime writer who is the equal of Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and Robert Parker—but one with a keen eye for the lives of men and women, both good and bad, who are at home in the wilderness.

More About the Author

Born in Rhinebeck, New York. Grew up as Air Force brat. 1961 graduate of Rudyard High School in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Michigan State graduate, BA-Journalism, 1965. USAF, 1965-1970. Graduate studies in English Literature at Western Michigan University in mid-1970s. Former adjunct professor of professional writing at Western Michigan University. Author, cartoonist, painter, poet, photographer, fisherman, hiker, Heywood spends up to a month a year in trucks on patrol with Michigan conservation officers to gather information for the Woods Cop mystery series. The experience helps make the stories authentic. Almost everything in the series has happened to a CO somewhere in the state. His blog, rich in colorful and interesting photographs, is "Joe-Roads," on his web-site, www.josephheywood.com.

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I've been trying to read this series in order and they just keep getting better.
W. Swindlehurst
I love the Woods Cop Mystery Series - great stories, Joseph Heyworth - I've read all the Woods Cop Mystery books now!
Patricia Richards
Excellent interweaving of a good story line with fact (both current and historical).
Bob Rust

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James on December 24, 2009
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It seems as if this book never came under the scrutiny of an editor. The book was mildly interesting, but was about three chapters too long. Unlike Heywood's other books, this one was not quick to grab the reader's attention, and was hard to keep the reader's attention. The last three chapters that wrap up the "action" could have been summed up in a three page epilog. I hope Heywood gets back on the nitty gritty of the outdoor adventure which were the meat of the past woods cop mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen J. Dahood on May 21, 2013
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DEATH ROE: A WOODS COP MYSTERY reminds me that I ate high quality caviar when I was a child - on Ritz crackers. It was served routinely at resorts in northern Michigan and Wisconsin, as it was plentiful in the region in the late 1940s. Now I know a lot more about the industry, the Russians, and the little black eggs of sturgeon fished from rivers and lakes around the Great Lakes. Today caviar can cost $2,500 a pound. No wonder, then, that there is international trafficking involved, and several more kinds of fish found in the U.S. As recently as Match (2013) seven men were arrested for taking paddlefish eggs in Missouri.

This fictional account of trafficking is straight environmental history, but the focus of the plot is on corruption in just about every agency accountable. The pleasure is in the weirdness of the population of Grady's turf. This time, the CO acts on information he gets from Limpy Allerdyce, a local poacher whose wife Honeypat is available to other members of his elusive clan. His persistence takes him from the U.P. to Lansing, to New York, and to Costa Rica.

The Woods Cop series might be classified as "buddy lit" though many readers believe women would like it. I do - but that's because in my childhood I lived in Upper Michigan, and with the conservation ethic. A line like, "A sloppy vee of geese passed..." is hugely satisfying. Otherwise, Joseph Heywood has delivered pretty much a male fantasy: His hero is super-trained, tough, more righteous than your average man. He attracts women like flies. When he actually falls in love, by the miracle of a large bequest he is able to do nice things for everyone he cares about. Also, he doesn't ever retire, at least he hasn't yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Eschbaugh on August 29, 2009
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I like Grady Service and have read the whole series. All of the books include several colorful charaters woven around a good mystery. I am not an outdoors person, but the information the author gives on hunting, wild life, and conservation only adds to the strength of the story. I am looking forward to future installments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ten Acre Woods LLC on December 12, 2009
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I read a lot. (Clancy, Grisham, Hunter, Child, Demille, Baldacci, etc) When I first heard of Joe Haywood, I read "Snow Fly" first, then read all the rest as they were published. All of Joe's books are definitely worth reading. Very good story lines, character development and story outcomes.
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By tertius3 on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
You get your money's worth in this title in Heywood's "Woods Cop" series. Fabulous title, too. It's a big book in small print, and chock-a-block with suspicion, danger, former characters popping up, and a national crime scope. However, if you seek a good pure backwoods mystery...this isn't it. But natural resource politics? Oh, my!

Conservation Officer Grady Service has always been a hardcase, a legend in his own time. Finally, in this 6th book, Service gets to go to bat for the wild where everything now seems to count most, in politics. He goes all the way to the top, up to the capital in Lansing, bailiwick of all that is evil in managing Michigan's natural resources (it seems). Grady is pursuing what he thinks are his sleazy bosses on the take from a multi-crooked fish roe merchant, who adulterates the Great Lakes product all the way to a Russian Mafia distributor of caviar. (Think carcinogens, fact-based.) There's a great scene where a hapless crook compares Service to Clint Eastwood, to which Grady snarls, "I write my own lines." Gotta love 'im. Speaking of which, Grady, having lost his woman in #5, is closely surrounded by nubile state and Fed women. While it may be fun to read of lusty ladies, they seem more an authorial wet dream, although credit Grady: he at least handles them maturely, I mean deals with them at arm's length, so to speak. No wonder he rarely checks in often enough with his son's widow, who is expecting.

The book has a pretty map of the YooPee, except it doesn't feature the villages and cross-roads of the story. Then again, Grady doesn't spend much time there this year. The commercial places where he has a meal or a cuppa don't exist by their names, either, although he has the geography right (and easier to do around the flat capital city).
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By Ramblin' Iggy on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another great Michigan DNR adventure.

Was this plotted in response to a bet? The villain doesn't make an appearance until the end after he's already been taken down. No mano a mano grappling. No looking into the eyes of evil without blinking. Puts the procedural upfront.

Reminiscent of a Lake Michigan fish egg scandal a few years back. The details were murky at the time and never made completely public. Probably because so many deals were cut to avoid embarrassment.
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