Fiction. Women's Studies. Environmental Studies. Verena Vitek shot and killed a man when she was fifteen. A youthful refugee from the conflict in Serbia, Verena dreams of the day when she can legitimately kill again. Her chance comes when she joins an animal-rights activists cell headed by John Borrowman, a London, Ontario, zoologist. He's haunted by a recent trip to China in which he witnessed the barbaric practice of milking Moon bears for their bile, an ingredient in a growing variety of commercial products. They make an odd pair. To stop the Chinese from establishing the barbaric practice of milking bears for their bile in Algonquin Park, John Borrowman finds himself having to rely on Verena—emotionally damaged, dysfunctional, but a crack shot with her AR-7 rifle. The bears may be saved, but death and ruined lives are the human price to be paid.
Ingrid Betz was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. She was educated in Quebec and at an international boarding school in Germany. She has published five previous novels: The Mourning of the Dove; The Girl From Finer Trading; The ButterCup Dream; That Saturday Feeling; and Eve and Adam. Several of her short stories have won awards. Ingrid Betz has two grown children and lives just outside London, Ontario with a cat named Henry, in a house surrounded by fields, woods, and wildlife.Author City: LONDON, ON CAN