*** Finalist in the Thriller Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA)*** It's 1995. Frank Noble is a Viet Nam vet and a retired Secret Service agent, living in a stone cabin in the Angeles National Forest, above Los Angeles. A family of bears live close by and Frank takes joy in observing and interacting with them. This all changes when two poachers kill two of the bears and cut out their gall bladders and remove their paws to sell on the black market. Little did the poachers know, they picked the wrong bears. Frank enlists the help of Marcell, a dwarf and former Circus Performer with his own dark past, who now lives in a cabin close to Frank, and the two of them set out for revenge. It is a journey that leads them into the seedy underworld of Animal parts, child pornography and prostitution.
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The genesis of this novel was an article I read in the L.A. Times about a group of animal poachers who were busted in the Angeles National Forest. They were killing black bears and selling their parts internationally for huge sums of money. The poachers were also involved in prostitution and weapon sales. I wondered what might happen if these poachers killed some bears and someone took it personal and went looking for them. The result is Animal Rites.About the Author:
Michael Panno is a professional musician, having toured and recorder for several years with The Tractors, out of Tulsa Oklahoma. He has published three novels, Animal Rites, Shocks and Barbecue and Down Clark Street. He also wrote the screenplay for OR-7 The Journey, a documentary about the first wild wolf to step foot into California in almost one hundred years. Mr. Panno lives with his wife in Southern California.
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