From the author of the Woods Cop and Lute Bapcat mystery series comes a new book for the fans. When Heywood was writing his first Woods Cop novel, into his mind crawled a character called Limpy Allerdyce, who is a master poacher-predator-violator in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—that is, the turf where Heywood’s novels take place.
The first description of Limpy was in Ice Hunter. Much like Shakespeare’s outrageous character Falstaff, Allerdyce exhibits little doubt in himself, and though he seems to exhibit a dark view of life and living, there are glimpses of lights at other levels sometimes flashing like distant small beacons. Unlike Falstaff, who virtually everyone is happy to see and be around (until they aren’t), no one is ever glad to see Limpy because his reputation scares the hell out of everybody he comes in contact with (and most who’ve only heard about him)—everyone, that is, except Grady Service, conservation officer and hero of Heywood’s novels. A minor character at first, Limpy’s role in the novels has grown with time.For Yoopers who are far and away (and some who are not so far and away), one thing is true for all of them: they all want to return to the UP as soon as they can. Till that day, they have the novels of Joe Heywood and Limpy’s Adult Lexicon to comfort them.
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.
Heywood has crafted an entertaining bunch of characters. An absorbing narrative twists and turns in a setting ripe for corruption.
Crisp writing, great scenery, quirky characters and an absorbing plot add to the appeal…
Heywood is a master of his form.
Top-notch action scenes, engaging characters both major and minor, masterful dialogue, and a passionate sense of place make this a fine series.
Joseph Heywood writes with a voice as unique and rugged as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula itself.
Well written, suspenseful, and bleakly humorous while moving as quickly as a wolf cutting through the winter woods. In addition to strong characters and . . . compelling romance, Heywood provides vivid, detailed descriptions of the wilderness and the various procedures and techniques of conservation officers and poachers…. Highly recommended.
Taut and assured writing that hooked me from the start. Every word builds toward the ending, and along the way some of the writing took my breath away.
[A] tightly written mystery/crime novel . . . that offers a nice balance between belly laughs, head-scratching plot lines, and the real grit of modern police work.
Joseph Heywood has long been a red-blooded American original and an author worth reading. With Red Jacket—a colorful and sprawling new novel with a terrific new protagonist named Lute Bapcat—he raises the bar to soaring new heights.
Heywood mixes history—the [miners’] strike and the violence it engenders, culminating with the Christmas Eve Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, in which 73 died—with vivid characterizations in a . . . promising series opener.