Review: In Velvet: A Novel by Burt Weissbourd

In Velvet
Burt Weissbourd
Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book May 13th 2014
Pages 280
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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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? 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.

Burt Weissbourd strikes again with another riveting thriller – In Velvet. 

From the prologue on the action is nonstop, your interest piqued. Weissbourd creates an inventive and complicated narrative with your share of heroes and villains. 

Weissbourd has a penetrating style which captures the readers attention from the start. His talent is evident through his varying story lines, you don’t feel as if he follows a formula except ensuring an exciting read every minute. 

He also incorporates an incredibly strong and intelligent female protagonist, undoubtedly appreciated by this reader. Regarding In Velvet he manages to give his audience two strong females. 

Rachael Stanley is front and center in In Velvet. A woman dedicated to wildlife, she speaks her mind and is resilient. Time after time her mettle is tested and she shines with ease.

All the characters in this book are incredible, you will find yourself cheering on the heroes and hoping for justice against foes. Numerous players in this story but all have a role and no one is merely an accessory. 

Combining poaching, mutation and romance isn’t easy to accomplish, proving Weissbourd’s boundless talent to spin quite a yarn. 

It is official Burt Weissbourd is my favorite freshman author. I look forward to forthcoming novels from this undeniable master of creative and consuming thrillers. 

Fans of thrillers, wildlife preservation, and biology buffs or anyone seeking an excellent read will not want to miss adding In Velvet to your reading list. Innovative narrative with an eclectic and engaging cast of characters.


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