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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 le ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book (first published May 19th 2014)
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May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

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In Velvet starts off at a break-neck pace. It really had my heart pounding from the first couple of pages. I practically devoured this one and it was in less than 24 hours! It's not very often that I find a book that starts off so well and actually keeps up the pace (and holds my attention) for the entire book. I'd say in 99% of the novels that start off like this have a dropping off point where I really start to question why I enjoy reading so
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Velvet by Burt Weissbourd is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If the first passage of this book doesn't grab your attention and keep you turning pages, I don't know what will. The pace is set literally in the opening moments and never slows down.

There is something truly off kilter in Yellowstone Park. Rachel is a bear biologist, single mom, and a likeable character. She first notices some subtle things here and there, but when a grizzly
John McCaffrey
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like the grizzlies, elk, eagles, and other wildlife vividly depicted in Burt Weissbourd's new novel set in Yellowstone Park, In Velvet moves with strength, independence and surviving grace. Weissbourd has the imaginative chops, and the eye of a naturalist, to give readers both a tense thriller and a complete word-picture of this majestic park. But the novel's true strength is its characters, from devoted park rangers who will do anything to save the animals and the land, to demented lawmen, poac ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Start with a cop from Chicago dealing with her ex, a Yellowstone bear researcher, an ex-investigator fly fisherman, a crazy corrupt cop, then add in various other Yellowstone researchers and investigators, plus the politics of the Park Service, and stir vigorously with hot springs thermoclines. You end up with several murder mysteries, diabolical government plots and wonky park animals. Since Yellowstone is in my back yard, I really enjoyed it and can testify to the eccentric personalities who e ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to receive an advance copy of In Velvet, Burt Weissbourd's second novel. (Not the long-awaited sequel to the Corey Logan trilogy which I believe will be published in fall 2014).
I did not think I could love another book by this author as much as I did his first novel, Inside Passage. But I was wrong! In Velvet is an exciting read, very hard to put down. Great characters and a riveting plot that does not disappoint, a real thriller! I highly recommend In Velvet to anyone who loves
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A "thriller" set in Yellowstone Park with lots of details about the park (animal behavior, physical features, management), dynamic characters and a challenging problem. Interesting view of characters' lives on the edges of the National Park. Enjoyable read and made me want to go to Yellowstone.
Harry Allagree
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may not win a Pulitzer Prize, but Burt Weissbourd's novel is a very exciting read. It's well researched, and informative about the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, especially grizzly bears & elk. It's also not a half-bad love story.
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May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
this is a very complex book with several plots and mysteries going on at once. There is a little love triangle but this is a secondary very very secondary concept to all that this book has going on. This book is not a beach read by any means but it is one to read on a rainy day. I say it's not a beach read because beach reads are usually your I don't want to think fluffy funny reads and this is not that.

what makes this book more fascinating is that with all the plots competing and taking turns a
Sarah Aisling
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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In Velvet is a fast-paced thriller set in the mountains of Yellowstone.

From the blurb:

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 with
This book had a lot of interesting characters and I was never bored with it. I also enjoyed the setting – watching these folks traipse around in small towns, rural areas, and out and out wilderness. Some were equipped for it, others were not. Rachel’s character was probably the most interesting for me as she is a biologist (same as me) and I instantly related to her.

The pace is very fast, with the narrative quickly flipping from one to another. In some instances, we just get to know a character
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.

In Velvet is a creepy thriller and so unique! Rachel, a bear biologist, is discovering some very unusual behavior out of the grizzly bear population in Yellowstone
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Part eco-thriller, part literary fiction, In Velvet was sadly a little bit hit-and-miss for me. The writing is beautiful, and the photographs of wildlife and sceney throughout the book are stunning, however the large cast of characters and their difficult-to-follow loyalties made my reading experience rather slow and, at times, slightly boring.

Rachel is a dedicated biologist, who obviously feels a closer affinity to animals than people. Her difficult relationship with Rainey, who becomes involve
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 incred
This lovely novel is set in Yellowstone National Park. Above the surface, the park is filled with animals free to roam and nature at it's best. Beneath the surface are a number of people using the park for their own purposes.

Rachel Stanley is a bear biologist. She comes across a scientist's body and believes that a bear has killed him and partially eaten him. She's also discovered bodies of deformed animals, from a bear with three toes, to a bird with no wing and an elk with three legs. She wond
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Bear biologist Rachel teams up with former private detective and ex-boyfriend Rainey along with Jen, a former Chicago cop and visitor to Yellowstone for complicated reasons of her own. The three are thrown into a complex plot involving secret government research, an out-of-control black ops manager, local politics, a corrupt sheriff and forest ranger, and a crazy poacher – plus a murder or two along the way. Meanwhile more and more strange behavior is occurring among the wildlife in Yellowstone. ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Velvet is a story about events happening in Yellowstone Park, Rachel is a bear biologist who is seeing horrific changes in the animals in a part of the park. Mutations such as bear cubs with no ears, elk having huge antlers and they are getting the velvet on them in the wrong season and a bear, Woolly Bugger, that she has been tracking for 13 years, is digging a den for hibernation in the wrong season. There is research being done on thermophiles in the hotsprings that may be contributing to ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: nature lovers, odd character lovers, hunters
I liked this book, BUT I found the majority of characters to be really creepy and weird. The two main female characters also seemed to be almost indistinguishable in their speech and thought patterns, which made some scenes rather confusing. I found myself wanting to read more and see how the story ended (like watching a train wreck), despite not really liking or feeling a strong connection to any of the characters.

It was well written, and a complex mystery/thriller that is easy to read.

But man,
Roxanne Kade
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a thrilling suspense, mystery read set against the stunning back drop of Yellowstone Park. With a cast of complex and well defined characters and a solid plot, it wasn't difficult getting sucked into this fascinating story.

I was riveted, wanting to find out even more about the strange mutations that Rachel found. I knew there had to be a tie in with the experiments taking place. Add to that the many of twists and turns; the corruption and lies, there was just no end to the many layers t
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
If your looking for a quick summer read with a lot of subplots this is the book for you.It take place in Yellowstone National Park with secret government project causing problems to the wildlife so its up to Rachel,her ex-boyfriend and other to put a stop to it. I like to thank Goodread for giving me a chance to win this book.
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Good vs evil. Nature vs exploitation. Who will win?

This vivid, multi-layered, multiple mystery narrative continuously weaves and winds throughout with lots of action, science and a hint of romance. To a point, a suspension of disbelief does assist with parts, but the story is easy to read and flows well.

Characters are authentic, caring, and intriguing.

Overall, a thrilling read.
Elizabeth Pruett
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great wildlife thriller !

This story is great, made even better due to the "what if" you start asking yourself. Love the strong characters, the details that are enough without going overboard, and the story itself. You will find yourself reading long into the night to finish.
Patricia Kaniasty
Aug 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I just could not follow the various storylines that were all going on at the same time. The cast of characters were all over the place. Just too many things happenings at once. It made truly enjoying the story difficuft.
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Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter and producer of feature films. He was born in 1949 and graduated cum laude 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 for Gilbert Altschul Production ...more
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