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In Velvetby Burt Weissbourd
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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? Whos covering up these animal abnormalities in the Park?
A non-stop thriller set in some of North Americas 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.
"Weissbourd (Inside Passage) weaves science and malevolence into the serene world of Yellowstone National Park with mixed results. Rachel Stanley, a bear biologist, has been noticing unseasonal behavior in her favorite grizzly. Far more alarming is the sudden appearance of horrific mutations in the park's wildlife, from legless elk calves to wingless eaglets. Rachel joins forces with former boyfriend Rainey Jackson, a onetime private detective, and Jen Donahue, a visiting former Chicago cop, to determine the causes. Meanwhile, the people you'd normally count on — sheriff, park ranger, wilderness guide, federal agent — commit vile deeds that include decapitation and burning a home and acres of forest just for spite. Even worse are the secretive scientific experiments — supposedly being conducted by the Defense Department and designed to turn hot spring microbes into bombs — that recklessly endanger the entire ecosystem. Weissbourd keeps the story moving, but unfortunately with mounting reader incredulity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the best-selling author of Inside Passage and notable producer of Raggedy Man and Ghost Story, this thriller is set deep in the back woods of Yellowstone National Park where wildlife abnormalities are revealing themselves to be more than just a regenerative cycle of life phenomenon. Bear cubs are being discovered without ears. Elk with no front legs. Brown trout are spawning at unseasonable times. And, most mysteriously, there seems to be something roaming the park's vast wilderness that greatly resembles the Irish Elk — a species that's supposedly been extinct for thousands of years.
About the Author
Burt Weissbourd is the producer of many notable films, including Ghost Story, starring Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Patricia Neal, and Raggedy Man, starring Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, which The New York Times called a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm.” His first novel, Inside Passage was released in 2013. He lives in New York City.
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