Joseph Heywood is the author of The Snowfly, Covered Waters, The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy, the ten previous Woods Cop Mysteries, Hard Ground: Woods Cop Stories, Harder Ground, and the Lute Bapcat Mysteries Red Jacket and Mountains of the Misbegotten. Featuring Grady Service, a contemporary detective in the Upper Peninsula for Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, and Lute Bapcat, a Rough Rider turned Michigan game warden in the 1910s, Heywood’s mystery series have earned the author cult status among lovers of the outdoors, law enforcement officials, and mystery devotees. Heywood lives in Portage, Michigan.
“Top-notch action scenes, engaging characters both major and minor, masterful dialogue and a passionate sense of place make this a fine series.”
"This is a tightly written mystery/crime novel...which offers a nice balance between belly laughs, head-scratching plot lines and the real grit of modern police work."
"Heywood takes the reader right along through Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His love for the land, and its animals, shines through the book. And you have to love a story whose action slows when the hero is called to a moose-vehicle collision."
"Mr. Heywood has crafted an entertaining bunch of characters, highly eccentric and in some cases lovable, and set them in the Upper Peninsula wilderness [of Michigan], where independence is a byword and fast action is inevitable. An absorbing narrative twists and turns in a setting ripe for the corruption that inevitably occurs when obscene profits encounter a simpler way of life."