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Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery (Woods Cop Mysteries) (edição: 2005)

de Joseph Heywood (Autor)

Séries: Woods Cop Mysteries (1)

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Meet Grady Service: a former Marine, renowned tracker, Conservation Officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter, the first of a series of mysteries set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Service defends his turf with the tenacity of a bear and the wisdom of an ancient. He shuns all creature comforts and consumerism and is most at home stalking the Mosquito Tract, his self-designated wilderness and the land protected by his CO father before him. Times are not easy for Service. As this summer season opens, he gets news that his nemesis, the despicable leader of an incestuous clan of poachers, is about to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot in the Mosquito Wilderness--something that inspires greed far beyond the hunter going over his limit, something that involves giants of industry and politics (including the governor of the State of Michigan)--something that too easily renders human life dispensable. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and hunt the “ice hunter.” Full of grit and wilderness lore, Ice Hunter show off Heywood’s extraordinary talents. The first in a thrilling series that has gained him cult status for his intricate plots and outrageously unforgettable characters, Ice Hunter pulls you in and won’t let you go.… (mais)
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Título:Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery (Woods Cop Mysteries)
Autores:Joseph Heywood (Autor)
Informação:Lyons Press (2005), Edition: 1st, 304 pages
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Grady Service is a CO - Conservation Officer - in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His duties are far-ranging and he takes them seriously. He has been happily on the job for over 20 years.

Thus when he sees a man with a small hammer, acting oddly, he is curious. Especially because this man is in the Mosquito Wilderness, an area he considers his own to patrol. When he asks the man what he is doing he gets vague answers.

Then some odd things happen. Fire breaks out in the Mosquito Wilderness, near where the man was. It's arson. Grady begins investigations into ownership of the range, based on a strange tip. He hears rumors and investigates those.

When a second fire breaks out and a dead man is found in it, Grady knows this is serious business and he needs to know what is happening.

Beset by a pro-business governor who would as soon sell out the wilderness as sneeze, and cautioned by his superiors, Grady needs to act quickly.

I enjoyed the realness of the tale. Heywood takes us with Grady as he cautions campers, challenges hunters, and does any number of everyday ranger duties. He brings us into the wilderness and its beauty, and at the same time shows us Grady's meager housing, a choice that reveals much of the man.

On the other hand, I didn't get a really close sense of who Grady is. Casual comments now and then, an understanding of his persistence, and little else. When he is with a woman it can be difficult to understand the attraction. I would have loved a little more fill-in on the personal front. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery by Joseph Heywood begins a series built around Grady Service. A former marine who served in Vietnam, these days he is a conservation officer working in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Specifically, an area known as the “Mosquito Tract” that his father also patrolled before he was killed. Like his father before him, the land and the creatures are everything to him, and he does not play well with others who do not have a moral code to live by. A complicated childhood has led to a complicated life in many ways.

In addition to the usual events a conservation officer has to deal with as he protects the land and all living things, he has to deal with strange things that are going on in the woods. Fires are being ignited by an arsonist who seems very careful to do so in some sort of controlled burn. The burns seem to be orchestrated to clear some small areas for an unknown reason. Then there is the unknown helicopter occasionally seen doing something in what seems to be some sort of grid like search pattern. Not to mention the fact somebody wants him to butt out of something and is making that point very violently. He has an idea what might have stirred things up, but with so much going on it is hard to tell.

Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery by Joseph Heywood is a good read though it takes quite a bit to get going. Originally published in 2001, it does not follow the current fad of starting with an action scene before doing a sort of informative flashback as seems to be required in every book published now. There is a lot of setting the stage as this read begins and the character as well as those in his life are slowly revealed.

The bigger issue for this reader, was the fact it read a bit different than most due to the lack of scene or transition breaks. Everything just runs into each other without any identifying characteristics of scene or transition breaks which results in the read being the equivalent of being tossed into the raging river just upstream from class five rapids.

In the end, Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery by Joseph Heywood is worth sticking with it as the multiple storylines coalesce into a high powered and intense finish. Convoluted and chaotic, the reader is shot through the rapids to find oneself slowly floating gently in calmer waters downstream in the wide bend of the river very much shaken and stirred as well as appreciative of the fact that was one heck of a ride.

Because of Aubrey Hamilton’s review from last March, I got this from the library just before they closed their doors back in mid-March. While they have most of the rest of the series, they do not have book two. I have put in an order for that and hope to hear something, one way or another, soon.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2020 ( )
  kevinrtipple | Jun 28, 2020 |
Really liked this character, the secondary characters and the descriptions of everything this guy has to do in his day to day job. The mystery was good too. Glad I found this author! I look forward to reading more in this series. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
Really liked this character, the secondary characters and the descriptions of everything this guy has to do in his day to day job. The mystery was good too. Glad I found this author! I look forward to reading more in this series. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
I did't enjoy as much as "Snowfly". This was more of a murder mystery. I read this one for book club. I will read more of Joseph Heywood ( )
  Brian55 | Sep 6, 2010 |
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Meet Grady Service: a former Marine, renowned tracker, Conservation Officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter, the first of a series of mysteries set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Service defends his turf with the tenacity of a bear and the wisdom of an ancient. He shuns all creature comforts and consumerism and is most at home stalking the Mosquito Tract, his self-designated wilderness and the land protected by his CO father before him. Times are not easy for Service. As this summer season opens, he gets news that his nemesis, the despicable leader of an incestuous clan of poachers, is about to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot in the Mosquito Wilderness--something that inspires greed far beyond the hunter going over his limit, something that involves giants of industry and politics (including the governor of the State of Michigan)--something that too easily renders human life dispensable. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and hunt the “ice hunter.” Full of grit and wilderness lore, Ice Hunter show off Heywood’s extraordinary talents. The first in a thrilling series that has gained him cult status for his intricate plots and outrageously unforgettable characters, Ice Hunter pulls you in and won’t let you go.

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