A mystery, an adventure, a love story,
a coming-of-age tale, and a celebration of nature

The Case
of the Missing
Game Warden


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Release Date: June 8, 2021


Veteran Northern California game warden Norman Bettis and his wife, Martha, lived an idyllic life in the small Sacramento Valley farm town of Gridley. On the morning of December 13, 1956, Norman kissed Martha on the forehead and drove off to work. He had no way of knowing he was destined to stumble into a rat’s nest of commercial duck poachers and disappear–patrol car and all.

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Retired game warden Steven T. Callan’s love of nature and passion for protecting wildlife took root long before he experienced the adventures described in his memoir, Badges, Bears, and Eagles. In The Game Warden’s Son, he recounts more of his own investigations, along with those of his game warden father and their colleagues. Intertwined with a half century of adventures and investigations is a story of the lifelong relationship between a boy and his father.

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“Best Outdoor Book of 2016”
—Outdoor Writers Association of California
2013 “Book of the Year” finalist
—ForeWord Reviews




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During his career as a wildlife protection officer, Steve Callan conducted some of the most fascinating, complex, and highly successful wildlife investigations in California history. He also collected a wealth of true stories—action-packed, suspenseful, and often humorous.

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    10 Jul My New Book: Release Date News

    Hi, Everyone, Kathy and I hope you and your families are safe and well....

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  • The view of Hearst Castle from Highway 1. Photo by author Steven T. Callan.

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    Kathy and I have always been fond of California’s Central Coast. We try to make the trip down Highway 1, from Monterey to Morro Bay, at least once every year. Weather permitting, we do it during late winter, when most of the tourists are away......

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  • A Gulf fritillary rests on a Zinnia in the garden of author Steven T. Callan.

    17 Jan An Island of Our Own

    Over the years, Kathy and I have often dreamed of escaping today’s fast-paced, hectic world and moving to an island of our own—an island of trees, flowers, and abundant wildlife, where we could experience the joys of nature without leaving the confines of our own......

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