The boat hovers above, rolling on the waves. I place my hand on the hull, keeping it from floating over me. I continue to gasp and sputter, pulling in as much air as possible, collecting my thoughts. A hand reaches over the side. Punk looks down on me as he offers his hand. The boat is to my left, the dock is on my right, about ten feet away. “Well, well, Rookie. You didn’t say you wanted to take a swim.”
Catherine is one of the first women game wardens in the U.S. Her first year is fraught with danger, pinching poachers and working with wardens who aren’t thrilled to partner with her. Cat uses her wit and good judgment when firepower and brawn are not available, winning the hearts of those who put her to the test.
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“Kim does a super job of describing Cat’s experiences as a female game warden. And you won’t forget many of those stories. You’ll also come away with a better understanding of how difficult it can be to serve as a female game warden.”—George Smith, author of A Life Lived Outdoors
“These are the author’s true stories from her years as a warden and then a forester, told through the adventures of Cat—the rookie warden who brings a career of adventure, self-discovery, tragedy, and humor into sharp focus in author Kim Millick’s debut novel. A strong debut, Rookie Warden brings the lives of officers, woodsmen, and offenders into engaging focus as it explores a distinct form of law enforcement through the humor and compassion of a memorable narrator. Millick’s work is bold, heartfelt, and distinct—a voice well suited to tell these stories.”
—Dave Norman, author of Following Josh
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In 1976, Kim Camery Millick was hired as one of the first women ever to be a game warden. Working nights, holidays, and weekends as a conservation warden in the outdoors of central Wisconsin, she was introduced to elements of the harshest cold, the darkest nights, and the sweetest spring days. Every contact with the public could mean conflict. Armed and sometimes drunk citizens added more than an element of danger, especially when one was not armed oneself. Events in the author’s career as a warden and later as a forester in the great North Woods of Maine come to life in this fictionalized novel, the rookie’s first year.