Synopses & Reviews
The northwest corner of Yellowstone Park is closed for bear management, and Rachel, a bear biologist, is discovering some very startling animal behaviorgrizzlies 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 youngelk 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 an uncommon bear biologist, a hard case local detective, and a Chicago cop as they take on a corrupt sheriff, a pathological 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
is a novelist, screenwriter, and producer of feature films. He graduated from Yale 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 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.” He's a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 1987, he founded an investment company that he still runs. Inside Passage
, his first novel, was published in 2013. In Velvet
is his second novel. Teaser
, the sequel to Inside Passage
and the second book in the Corey Logan trilogy, will be published in 2014. He lives in New York City.