RUNNING DARK: A WOODS COP MYSTERY
Author: Joseph Heywood
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), May 2005
The 4th in the fabulous Grady Service Woods Cop series. This time the scene is dicier than ever. The ring Service blows apart 25 years ago in the Garden makes Service a lifelong enemy, who returns to haunt him decades later. Service came out on top the first time around. The question is whether hell be able to again. 6x9 inches, 304 pgs.
Grady Service is back. And this time the scene is dicier than ever. We go back in time twenty-five years to meet Service as a young conservation officer. Hes fresh from his transfer from the streets of Detroit, and hes on his home turf now. Service is good at his new job, and hes been tapped for an unusual assignment that threatens to be his last. Its the height of the Garden Wars, the historical battle in the U.P.s Garden Peninsula. The Garden has always been a lawless place. In the 1970s, commercial fishing was outlawed. Armed fishermen claimed their takes and to hell with law enforcement. The renegades far outgunned the COs who, understaffed and underfunded, risked their lives daily. Murders were committed, shoot-outs were common, and overfishing continued.
A one-legged female informant emerges. Service goes undercover and when he resurfaces nothing is the same, least of all, Grady Service. Hes as good as dead. The ring he blows apart in the Garden makes Service a lifelong enemy who returns to haunt him decades later. Service came out on top the first time around. The question is whether hell be able to again.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
In praise of previous books in the series:
A gripping plot, replete with memorable surrounds and spiky characters, makes this second in the series (after Ice Hunter) an excellent choice for most collections. A good pick also for readers who enjoy outdoor mysteries by such authors as Nevada Barr or Dana Stabenow."
--Library Journal (for Blue Wolf in Green Fire)
Crisp writing, great scenery, quirky characters and an absorbing plot add to the appeal of the memorable first entry in a promised series of woods cop mysteries.
The Wall Street Journal (for Ice Hunter)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joseph Heywood is the author of the Woods Cop mystery series, a critically acclaimed series published by Lyons that includes Ice Hunter, Blue Wolf in Green Fire, and Chasing a Blond Moon. He is also the author of The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy, and The Snowfly. He lives in Portage, Michigan.