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In Velvet by Burt Weissbourd

Monday, May 12, 2014

The northwest corner of Yellowstone Park is closed for bear management, and Rachel, a bear biologist, is discovering some very startling animal behavior-grizzlies denning in June, swans at their wintering grounds in summer, what appear to be Irish Elk, an extinct species , with huge palmated antlers. There are also horrific mutations in the young-elk calves with no front legs, earless bear cubs, and eaglets without wings. What has gone wrong? Why is this area closed? Who's covering up these animal abnormalities in the Park?

A non-stop thriller set in some of North America's wildest country,  In Velvet  Takes you deep into the hearts of a hard case local detective and a Chicago cop as they take on a corrupt sheriff, a pathalogical poacher, and a lethal black ops manager to solve this ghastly mystery and restore the natural order in Yellowstone National Park.

Goodreads Summary

Those that like the draw of the great outdoors and the majesty of animals in their true element will love diving into this different yet riveting novel. The problems that arise in the animals and the people is extremely interesting and readers of science fiction will find the twists and turns presented here very attention grabbing.
Think "Andromeda Strain," meets "Jurassic Park," and let chaos ensue while the characters try to become educated before everything falls apart.  

This book was an intriguing and mysterious read. It had a lot of plot twists that I hadn't been expecting and I was surprised at how fast-paced the story was.  I have only visited Yellowstone Twice, but I feel like the author did the scenery and beauty of the Park justice.  Rachel's character was easy to grow to like.  She is driven and accomplished.  When things are going noticeably wrong, genetically, in the park, an investigation commences that will keep the reader finishing this book before long. 

Author Bio:

Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter and producer of feature films. He graduated fromYale University with honors in psychology. During his student years he volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and taught English to college students in Thailand. After he graduated, he wrote, directed, and produced educational films. He began a finance program at Northwestern University Graduate School of Business but left to start his own film production company in Los Angeles. He produced films including Ghost Story starring Fred Astaire and Raggedy Man starring Sissy Spacek, which the New York Times called "a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm." He's a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven, he founded an investment company that he still runs. Inside Passage , his first novel, was published in in 2013. In Velvet is his second novel. Teaser , the sequel to Inside Passage and the second book in the trilogy Corey Logan, will be published in winter, 2014. He lives in New York City.

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