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"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

Praise for 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

About the Author

Joseph Heywood is the author of The Snowfly (Lyons), Covered Waters (Lyons), The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy—and the eight novels comprising the Woods Cop Mystery Series. Featuring Grady Service, a detective in the Upper Peninsula for Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, this series has earned its author cult status among lovers of the outdoors, law enforcement officials, and mystery devotees. Heywood lives in Portage, Michigan.
 
For more on Joseph Heywood and the Woods Cop Mysteries, visit the author's web site at www.josephheywood.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Lute Bapcat Mystery
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762782536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762782536
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MaryK on November 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Before writing this review I skimmed the other reviews. I must say that I was surprised at the fact that no one panned the book and some thought it was right up there with his other books. I was very disappointed. I understand that writing a new series requires some introductory stuff to explain the premise and introduce the characters but I found this book tough going. It seems to me that he tried to cover too much time and too many story lines in an introductory book. That's what I like about the Grady Service series--one main story to follow with character development. I feel that he could have made more out of Lupe's background and life to develop him more. I didn't feel engaged with the hero and that made the book feel contrived. Too many characters and too many story lines to follow. I guess I'll give this series a skip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By U.B. Ware on July 9, 2013
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Ahhh...Once again another book by Heywood where you really have to take notes just to remember the names of characters that seem to show up- some make sense and are primary people within the novel...then some never to be heard of later...One liners with a name...Have no idea where he/she fits into any plot that is set in words. Brush up on your Russian...your Italian...Got plenty of this throughout...Confusing...challenge yourself to try reading and pronouncing the Russian written language here in. Ouch....lost interest...skip ahead to next page...you didn't lose any of the story/plot, etc. here. The author seems to have his own zip code and he's the only one who understands what is going on...Oh did I mention..(no, I didn't) one should somehow print out the map Heywood has in the front of the book of parts of Upper Michigan. It will help you...I think, in determining some of the places Heywood is talking about as he in his own way describes the town...mountain...the bottom of a hill...woods...mines...Oh, so confusing. Here again, one must take notes on this aspect of hard hitting novel.
The one bright spot in this adventure is the relationship of Bapcats sidekick buddy (...yes a Russian) Zakov. This is a great start of a relationship between Lute and his wife, Zakov. This might be a start of another "Lute Bapcat Mystery" series...One would hope not. There is another fun character written within the pages- the Widow Frei...And then there's a nice touch throughout Heywood's writing with some historical bits.The book doesn't move along with much mystery. Sorry...just 2 stars...might be I'll award myself the other 3 stars for reading the complete book to the end.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Zinta Aistars on September 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sure, I'll admit it. I'm a Woods Cop groupie. You know, that gritty mystery series by Joseph Heywood about Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Grady Service and his sharp wit and expert moves through the woods, catching up with the eccentric bad guy(s). So now there's Lute Bapcat--and author Joe Heywood is still in good form picking odd names. There's a story to this one, this odd name, but that's in the book pages for your own reading.

Is Lute Bapcat a predecessor of Grady Service? Who knows where this new series will go, or if it might connect to the woods cops of today, but I rather hope so. Bapcat has his beginnings as one of Michigan's first civil service game wardens. The story opens fast in 1898 with Colonel Theodore Roosevelt shouting for his sharpshooter. That would be President Teddy, and the man with the sharp eye and precise trigger finger--Lute Bapcat, Rough Rider, beaver trapper in the Keweenaw (the peninsula off the Upper Peninsula, stretching its crooked finger into Lake Superior) and cowboy.

In the early 1900s, the Keweenaw was a bustling industrial center with its fortune-making copper mines. Today, the area is quiet, drawing mostly only tourists and history buffs, and some of the mines are now open for tours. Having lived in the Keweenaw myself for a while, I have long been fascinated with the history, imagining the lives that were lived out in those old mining towns, and the lives that were lived out in the dark, far below the ground, in those mile-deep mines. Bapcat gives us a window to see into that time and brings Michigan U.P. history to vivid life.

Heywood's trademark is always to bring a colorful cast of characters to the pages of his novels, and he does so again in Red Jacket.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jiver on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Heywood's Woods Cop books and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Snowfly was fantastic, too. Red Jacket was historically fascinating and mostly well-written, but there were far too many loose ends at the close. I get that that will necessarily be the case to some extent with a new series, but it left me wondering if Heywood just grew tired of writing and wanted to wrap things up in a hurry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Achates on September 11, 2014
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A disappointing book. Heywood's Grady Service novels were great. Red Jacket was convoluted, boring, poor character development & overall a hard to read book. The ending was flat and did nothing to entice a reader to go to the next book. Most likely it was historically accurate, and it should have been interesting to read about the mining boom in the UP. It was not. I will not be reading any more books in this series.
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