Strike Dog: A Woods Cop Mystery
Title: Strike Dog: A Woods Cop Mystery
Author: Joseph Heywood
In the latest mystery set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a vengeful Grady Service sets out to find the killer responsible for the deaths of his girlfriend and son, along with conservation officers throughout the Midwest, racing against time to track the murderer through Wisconsin and Missouri to stop him before he becomes the next victim.
Strike Dog, the fifth in the critically acclaimed Woods Cop Mystery series, opens with Grady Service facing crippling personal tragedy. Both his fiancée, Maridly Nantz, and his son, Walter, have been killed in a car crash. Service is blinded by grief and rage.
Meanwhile, a serial killer is being tracked by the FBI. This killer has nearly completed his perfect and gruesome record of killing the top conservation officer in every state. The killings are particularly grisly, following an ancient ritualized Viking method of slaughter. The victims are all found in the woods, in the conservation officers’ home turf. Lately, they’ve been killed one a year, and the FBI now pulls Grady Service onto the case. The question is why. Because of Service’s legendary tracking abilities? Or is it because he may be next on the list?
Service was a Marine in Vietnam. He knows discomfort. He knows how to survive. When Service suspects that the deaths of Nantz and Walter were not accidents, he vows revenge, planning to turn the table on the killer. In this brilliant psychological drama with nail-biting suspense, the hunted becomes the hunter. Service must draw on all he has learned in the jungles of Vietnam and the dense woods of the Upper Peninsula to stalk the killer. Will the killer succeed in achieving his twisted glory of a perfect record? Or will Service be able to outwit him and enact his own grim revenge?