Figure Eight: A Northern Lakes Mystery


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$17.95  $16.69
Little Creek Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Jeff Nania was born and raised in Wisconsin. His family were residents of the storied Madison Greenbush neighborhood. His first career was in law enforcement serving in many roles. He was a decorated officer and found great value in serving the community. Things change and circumstances dictated a career change. The lifelong outdoorsman began in-depth exploration of our natural resources. It led him to a new career founding and leading the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Wetland Restoration Field Team, restoring hundreds of wetlands across the state. Through this work, he became nationally recognized as one of the pioneers in the ecosystem-based approach to restoration. He was named by Outdoor Life Magazine as one of the nation's 25 most influential conservationists, was Wisconsin Wildlife Federation's Conservationist of the Year, and has received the National Wetlands Award, Leopold Restoration Award, and Wisconsin Outdoor News Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeff recognized that loss of connection between kids and the outdoors was a national crisis and began to donate his energy to restoring that connection. Teaming with others, he developed Outdoor Adventure Days, an interactive outdoor classroom experience giving over 8,700 children a wet and muddy day in the field. Building on this foundation Jeff co-founded one of the first environmentally-focused charter schools with teacher Victoria Rydberg, and together, they brought this "hands on, feet wet" philosophy to teachers and students across Wisconsin. Jeff is semi-retired and writes for Wisconsin Outdoor News and other publications. Living on his farm in central Wisconsin, he spends as much time as possible outdoors. He can be often found with his family fishing muskies or snorkeling for treasure on Spider Lake.


"Jeff Nania spins a story that captivates us as we journey with John Cabrelli, a battle-weary former police officer who seeks to reclaim his grip on life after a tragic event. Using the backdrop of Wisconsin's Northwoods, we follow Cabrelli in this fast-paced story of, crises, intrigue, beauty and danger, as he seeks to avenge a murder." --Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director, Aldo Leopold Foundation

"Pain. Failure. Fear. Death. Natural beauty. Suspense. Sense of community. Conviction. Thankfulness. Respect. Hope. Love (maybe). That's the rollercoaster readers ride in Jeff Nania's exciting first book, Figure Eight. Along the way, Figure Eight's earthy side draws on the Northwoods of Wisconsin's spectacular scenery and time-honored traditions." --Dean Bortz, Editor, Wisconsin Outdoor News

"Hard to imagine anyone more qualified than Jeff Nania to tell this tale of north woods intrigue. I've known him in his successive careers as both a police officer and a professional consultant on the restoration of wetlands and as an avid sportsman with a deep veneration for our remaining wilderness. And now I find he's a fine writer with a keen ear and eye for the cadences of speech and the pace of daily life we both grew up with on our home turf in Wisconsin, and it all rings true. It's a serious story for our time, but also a page-turner and a fun read." --Peter Egan, Editor-at-Large, Road and Track Magazine and best selling author