Hard Ground by Joseph Heywood
Woods Cop Stories

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While devoted fans of Heywood and those with a particular love for Michigan's Upper Peninsula may find HARD GROUND worthwhile, the number of stories that serve as mere "filler" makes this collection an easy pass for most readers.
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Hard Ground is a treasure chest of stories for lovers of the outdoors, fans of smart crime fiction, and, of course, the legions of Joseph Heywood fans. Featuring the game-warden colleagues of Woods Cop star Grady Service, the tales in this collection follow the men and women patrolling Michigan’s wilds as they encounter everything from poachers determined to defend their kills with deadly resistance to drug pushers selling their wares at an Elvis Convention camping retreat. There are search-and-rescue operations, a rookie game warden's first day on the job, and much, much more. With Heywood’s trademark ability to capture the eccentric characters of the Upper Peninsula, his wonderful ear for dialogue, and his vivid descriptions of hunting, fishing, and outdoorsmanship, these twenty-plus stories will delight Heywood fans and entice any reader who loves stories about the great outdoors or law-and-order. As an added bonus, one story features Woods Cop protagonist Grady Service early in his career, while another story stars Heywood's new series protagonist Lute Bapcat.  
 

About Joseph Heywood

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Joseph Heywood is the author of The Snowfly (Lyons), The Berkut, Taxi Dancer, The Domino Conspiracy—and the six novels comprising the Woods Cop Mystery Series. Featuring Grady Service, a detective in the Upper Peninsula for Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources, this series is fast earning its author cult status among lovers of the outdoors, law enforcement officials, and mystery devotees. Heywood lives in Portage, Michigan.   For more on Joseph Heywood and the Woods Cop Mysteries, visit the author's website.  
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Lyons Press. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 04 2013

This volume should be read for pleasure, but would do equally well as an instruction manual for aspiring writers.

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Below average
Reviewed by Ben Neal on May 01 2013

While devoted fans of Heywood and those with a particular love for Michigan's Upper Peninsula may find HARD GROUND worthwhile, the number of stories that serve as mere "filler" makes this collection an easy pass for most readers.

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