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Shadow of the Wolf Tree: A Woods Cop Mystery (Woods Cop Mysteries #7)

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Grady Service, Detective for Michican Upper Peninsula's DNR, is running hot and cold--Chasing an eco-terrorist trained in the most advanced and explosive guerrilla tactics AND tackling an eighty-year-old cold case involving racism, gold, and murder.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Lyons Press (first published 2010)
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Joseph Heywood's protagonist in the Woods Cop Mysteries, Grady Service, fits the mold cast by other writers in the mystery/crime genre. An ex-marine, Viet Nam vet, he is drawn into law enforcement right after discharge. After a brief stint with the Michigan State Troopers, he settles in with the Department of Natural Resources working in the Upper Peninsula as a Conservation Officer (translate: Game Warden).

Like other mystery/crime heroes, Service has difficulty in his relationships with women,...more
PROTAGONIST: Grady Service, game warden
SETTING: Michigan
SERIES: #7 of 7
RATING: 3.25
WHY: After many years of serving as a game warden, Grady Service is finally enjoying a bit of nature by going fishing with his best friend. He doesn't expect to end up with a cold case - his dog, Newf, digs up some skeletal remains that turn out to be 80 years old, with traces of gold dust. In the current day, someone is setting river barriers and traps that have killed one and seriously injured a police officer....more
#7 in the Woods Cop series. CO Grady Service is once again alone following the death of lover Maridly Nantz and his newly found son Walter (Strike Dog (2007)). Approaching 55 years old, it is amazing the number of nubile women strewing themselves in his path, but Grady is pure of heart (or posibly slightly demented)rejecting the advances of Zhenya Leukonovich, the IRS special ageny known as Super Z and CO Dano Denninger, an Academy clasmate of Marisly. He is further put to the test by a State Tr...more
Joe does another good one. The plot is complicated, the clues are apparently unconnected. He,of course, with his 'partner' Tuesday Friday (where did he borrow that name?), a State Trooper, work together to solve the mystery with many other CO's and ST's and local and legal people to solve a mystery 80 years old and counting.

Surprised to find a couple proofreading errors: 'him to her' instead of 'her to him' in one place, Tibia to identify a bone from hip to knee which should have been femur, and...more
Very good story and action throughout. Just was looking for a little bit more of the 'why' from the culprits, maybe that's for another novel. Over very good and interested to see where things go from here.
Neenah Lynch
This book read smoother than the last in the series, I could keep details and people in my head and didn't have to go back to figure who was who and where they came into the story.
This the seventh in a series, strikes me as the best. I hope Heywood is working on the eighth.
Another great novel with Grady Service. Kept me enthralled the whole way through.
Highly recommend this Grady Service, and the Michigan setting.
Fun, fast-paced mystery. Perhaps my favorite of the series.
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Joseph Heywood is the son of a career USAF officer. His dad was from Rhinecliff, New York on the Hudson River in Dutchess County, and his mother is from Mize, Mississippi in Sullivan County. His mother’s maiden name was Hegwood and she had only to change one letter to convert to her married name.

He is a 1961 graduate of Rudyard High School in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Chippewa County). Played f...more
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