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Death Roe: A Woods Cop Mystery (Woods Cop Mysteries) Hardcover – September 24, 2008
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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.”
“Heywood has crafted an entertaining bunch of characters. An absorbing narrative twists and turns in a setting ripe for corruption.”
―Dallas Morning News
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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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This was my first Woods Cop Mystery but I will be reading more. I like the Grady Service character and his views of various things. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Hoffman
This was another good one by Heywood. His novels are different from most crime/mystery novels in that it is very dense- a lot of different threads. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phil M
An action filled book with a wonderful array of characters! A great read!Published 18 months ago by Dan Finlan