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"Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provides the rugged setting for Heywood’s series featuring conservation officer Grady Service of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its bewilderingly diverse population of Native Americans, long-established families, several waves of immigrants, and enough oddball characters for a freak show. Service’s ninth case . . . may be his strangest and most dangerous yet.... Heywood knows his geography, history, flora, fauna, and mythology as well as he does the region’s colorful, sometimes deadly inhabitants, and guides readers on an exotic and challenging journey." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for the fiction of Joseph Heywood

Red Jacket  (A Lute Bapcat Mystery)

“Joseph Heywood has long been a red-blooded American original and an author worth reading. With Red Jacket—a colorful and sprawling new novel with a terrific new protagonist named Lute Bapcat—he raises the bar to soaring new heights.”   —C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Force of Nature

“In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt recruits former Rough Rider Lute Bapcat to become a game warden on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Heywood’s absorbing first in a new series. Outsized characters, both real (athlete George Gipp before his Notre Dame fame, union organizer Mother Jones) and fictional (randy businesswoman Jaquelle Frei; Lute’s Russian companion, Pinkhus Sergeyevich Zakov), pepper the narrative.”   —Publishers Weekly

Joseph Heywood’s Previous Novels

“Joseph Heywood writes with a voice as unique and rugged as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula itself.”   —Steve Hamilton, two-time Edgar® Award winner and bestselling author of The Lock Artist and the Alex McKnight novels

“A truly wonderful, wild, funny and slightly crazy novel about fly fishing. The Snowfly ranks with the best this modern era has produced.”   —San Francisco Chronicle

“A magical whirlwind of a novel, squarely in the tradition of Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato and Jim Harrison’s Legends of the Fall.”   —Howard Frank Mosher, author of The Fall of the Year and others

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

Hard Ground (Woods Cop Stories)

"Heywood displays uncommon storytelling versatility in this brilliant collection of . . . tales about the game wardens who patrol Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.... This volume should be read for pleasure, but would do equally well as an instruction manual for aspiring writers."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Joseph Heywood is the author of The Snowfly and Covered Waters (both Lyons Press), The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy, the nine Woods Cop Mysteries, Hard Ground: Woods Cop Stories, and Red Jacket (A Lute Bapcat Mystery). Featuring Grady Service, a detective in the Upper Peninsula for Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, the Woods Cop Mysteries have earned its author cult status among lovers of the outdoors, law enforcement officials, and mystery devotees. Visit the author’s web site at www.josephheywood.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Woods Cop
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762791276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762791279
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Weber VINE VOICE on August 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have read and enjoyed the previous books in the Woods Cop series. I learned more about the UP, about DNR work and the stories were very well written and I cared about the character Grady Service and the woods. I couldn't believe the first few chapters of this book with it's inane, nasty dialogue....filled with swear words, vulgar terminology, every Yooper speaking as though they had a kindergarden education ( yet somehow managed to get a badge) I didn't care at all about Grady Service, in fact I wondered who this character was? I read a few chapters hoping the writing would improve and it did not. I skipped around to the end to see if it improved and it did not. Apparently the subtheme was ignorant yooper females offering to have sex with Grady Service in the most vulgar propositions. I felt like the author was filled with hate and let it out writing this book. I returned it after reading a few chapters, I couldn't take how coarse it was. Who wrote this book? I thought it a bizarre turn from previous books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2013
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I have read all the previous Wood's Cop books and enjoyed them. I agree with a recent reviewer--who wrote this book. All the characters are so course and jaded. I have in the past enjoyed colorful language of the Upper Pennisula---but I was lost in this book. I returned it for my money back.. I feel like I have lost an old friend.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cynical optimist on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Quite a turnaround when Limpy Allerdyce is not only the most appealling character in the book, but one of the more verbally understandable ones as well. Heywood found new toys in the street lingo of Detroit criminals, cops,medical examiners, native Americans, and other assorted groups, and he plays with them heavily in Killing a Cold One. The terminology is colorful, but would work better peppered, rather than poured, since most of them need an explanation, thus, slowing down the story. Still hard to decipher what in the hell these characters are talking about much of the time, since they seem more interested in proving their verbal street cred than in developing and revealing as actual people. At least the story eventually takes some interesting paths. Limpy is a welcome relief. Maybe the next series can feature him until Service recovers from his macho, grumpy mid-life crisis. Get some sleep, Grady, before appearing in your next novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shirley on October 17, 2013
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Unless you watch a lot of Duck Dynasty or Swamp people type of shows it's almost painful to try to convert the dialog into readable/understandable english.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. B. Phillips on October 20, 2013
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I have read all of the "Woods Cop" mysteries, and they just keep getting better and better. This latest book is the best of all. It is fun to watch a writer as he/she improves their craft and if you have been a fan of this series, A Cold One will not disappoint in any way, shape or form. Heywood's character development and attention to detail is, in a word, spell binding. I know, that is two words, but it is absolutely true. The only problem I have with this book is that it is almost impossible to put down and that is causing issues in the household.

If you have not read Heywood before, I suggest you start at the first book in the series and get ready for a couple of months of solid entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Wells on June 16, 2014
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Unfortunately this will be the last Joseph Heywood book I will ever read. The story is written well enough, but his ridiculous use of names has become more than I can stand. I don't know if he's scared that one of his character's names will come back to haunt him legally, or he just prefers the ludicrous, but It's just too distracting to hold my interest. I would much rather read about characters named Joe Smith or Mary Johnson than characters named Lint Roller Desk and Purifier Picture Frame. Of course, Lint Roller and Purifier weren't really character's names in the book, but I'm not far off. I really think Mr. Heywood named his characters after things that were in his sight when he was sitting at his desk writing. I gave it a two star instead of a one because the story itself was decent, but the names were just too distracting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecka Vigus on February 17, 2015
Format: Paperback
I was given this book for Christmas. As an avid reader I look for authors I've not read. I'm also partial to Michigan authors. What a disappointment. While trying to find my way through the language, I found some of it unbelievable. No medical examiner with eight or more years of education is ever going to use "prolly" as a word. Most of the police officers in this book seem to only have a nominal education. One walks away disgusted at the sterotyping of Yoopers and Native Americans. Yes, much of Michigan's UP is wilderness, but the people are not uneducated. I will not be looking for anything else from this author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Walts on October 4, 2013
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While I liked the basic plot and the interplay with the two lead characters, there were just way too many other names thrown in to keep track. I felt like I needed to keep up, but I gave up about one-third of the ay into the story- and I was only slightly confused later when someone came back into the story. Much of the storyline was interesting, and the details were fun to read, but hey, not so many people,OK?
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