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

4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
Book 6 of 9 in the Woods Cop Series

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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.”
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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.
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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: 5.9 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This was a very interesting book, particularly if you enjoy fishing and other outdoor activities. A different type of scam is introduced and some intriguing plot developments ensue. This was my first Heywood book, and after reading a few early examples, my favorite so far.
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Another excellent read by Joseph Heywood. I really enjoy the way he pulls together actual documentary type information and weaves it into an entertaining tale that gives us mystery and intrigue along with allowing readers a look into the daily grind and special cases of our conservation department's duties. It has been a real eye opener, and since I'm from Missouri I've had a couple of "aha" moments about seeing Paddlefish dumped in the backwoods of our area. I now know that this would be something to report to the conservaton department as an odd finding that should have been checked out.
I also like how the aithor ties tidbits from previous stories into the current story to refresh our memory and keep the events and characters involved throughout the series.
Thank you for great reading! (I have neglected my home duties for a month now....thankfully I've read the last in the series about Grady Service and his daily grind....I can catch up with all those dust bunnies and unfinished projects now!!!)
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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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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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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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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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If this is your first Heywood book I'm jealous of you because you can now read all his other wonderful books. Gee, maybe I'll read them again.
The Roe book does have one flaw....a butt ugly dust jacket.
Thanks Joe, hope you've just about finished your next book.
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