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

4.7 out of 5 stars 38 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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've read most of the Woods Cop books and thoroughly enjoy each one. The writing style reminds me a bit of John Sandford's wry wit, dialogue and character development and that's very high praise indeed.
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Another Heywood book you won't put down until you finish, even if you have to get up early the next morning. You get so caught up in what is going on time slides by. Perfect read for a gloomy, rainy day or a cold day off when you can't get out and about. He is excellent at telling a compelling story. A must read if you like action and mystery.
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Not only is the mystery a great read, but if you like fishing freshwater in general, there's a lot of information to be gleaned from this book. The research and knowledge of the outdoors that is found in this series is amazing. I always look forward to the next "Woods Cop" story. Unfortunately, Grady doesn't seem to have much luck with relationships with the opposite sex.
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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. I enjoyed the different venue of this type of crime and police vs the usual urban or "cozy" mysteries. This story had a little too much explanations of the bureaucracy and politics for my taste, that slowed the story at times. However dealing with crimes involving public corruption some explanation of how difficult it is to get justice is needed.
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I've been trying to read this series in order and they just keep getting better. I'm in Mackinaw City most weekends so I know many landmarks Heywood mentions in his books so it makes it th a that much better to read.
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