INSIDE PASSAGE and giveaway with Burt Weissbourd

INSIDE PASSAGE  is the first in Mr. Weissbourd’s Corey Logan trilogy.  Today we meet Nick Seasons, her nemesis and Abe Stein, her psychiatrist.  
Corey Logan was set up. She knows Nick Season’s terrible secret. Coming home from prison, all Corey wants is to be with her son. To get him back, she needs to make a good impression on the psychiatrist evaluating her. But Dr. Abe Stein doesn’t believe she was framed–until his well-heeled mother falls for the charming state attorney general candidate, Nick Season.

As the dogs of war are unleashed, Corey and her son run for their lives–taking her boat up the Pacific Northwest’s remote Inside Passage. Inside Passage is the first in Weissbourd’s haunting, heart-stirring Corey Logan trilogy. 

Meet Nick

What or who has had the greatest influence on you?

My parents had the greatest influence on me. They were audacious con artists – my mother, a dazzling gypsy and my dad, a Greek charmer who could multiply six numbers by six numbers in his head.  

What drives you?

What drives me is an insatiable appetite for power. I covet this power because I’m my absolutely unable to tolerate anxiety. I love fooling people about who I am, using them to meet my needs, and ruthlessly eliminating any and all sources of anxiety.

Do you see yourself as a loner?

I am the ultimate loner.

Who, if anyone, would you consider a friend, someone you trust?  

I have no friends, though I trust Lester, my right hand man, to do as I say with maximum collateral damage.

Is there anything or anyone you hold near and dear?  

The only thing I hold near and dear is the memory of my parents. 

What is your main ambition in life?

My main ambition is to be so powerful that I can effortlessly eliminate any and all possible sources of anxiety. “The key, he was learning, was to rend the worry from his life. Cut it out root and branch.”

Meet Abe 

Why psychiatry?

I’ve always had an intense inner life. I may not have an easy time with practical tasks – I’m always having trouble lighting my pipe; I often toss a spent match into the waste basket or ash tray only to find that it’s still burning and I’ve started a fire. On the other hand, I’ve always been able to navigate my way through emotional complexity. I get what makes people tick and I’m able to understand people in unexpected ways.  Finally, I was helped by therapy as a young man. For me, psychiatry was an obvious choice.  

Do you believe anyone is beyond help?

Yes, Nick Season is an example of someone who is beyond help. He’s dead inside. As I said to him after “fooling” Nick, the ultimate chameleon, making him underestimate me, “I get it about you, Nick. Think about that. How could I possibly understand you and still be anything like I’m supposed to be.”

What is your main goal in life, your holy grail so to speak?

I have three goals. The first is to be a wonderful and loving partner to the love of my life, Corey Logan. The second is to be a good father to her son, Billy. The third is to help my patients in real and meaningful ways.

What do you hope for?

I hope to have an intense, loving family life. I hope that we can honestly engage problems and resolve them rather than deny them.

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Thanks to Sami at JKS Communications Manic Readers has a print copy of INSIDE PASSAGE (sorry, U.S. only) to give to one lucky commenter.   How do you feel about role reversals? Which work for you & which don’t?  Giveaway ends @12am est 2-11-14.  Good Luck! 
My thoughts on INSIDE PASSAGE 
4 stars  

Al, the father of Corey’s son, crossed the wrong man.  Corey and her son Billy have been paying for Al’s mistake.  Corey has served two years for a crime she didn’t commit and Billy has been a ward of the state.  Now that Corey has been released all she wants it to regain custody of Billy and be left alone.  Unfortunately for Corey her nemesis can’t rest as long as she’s free, an itch he can’t scratch.  Will Corey and Billy be forced to pay the ultimate price?


First in the Corey Logan trilogy, INSIDE PASSAGE begins September 1989 with Yuri, a Russian mobster, trusting the wrong person in Lester Burrell then fast forwards to May 2010.   

Corey Logan is independent, intelligent, street-wise and accomplished at numerous survival skills.  The dearest thing to Corey, her Achilles heel, is her fifteen year old son, Billy.  Corey has recently been released from prison having served two years for drugs.  Corey’s real crime was guilt by association.  It took me a chapter or two to warm up to Corey.  She’s a bit off-putting in her initial blinkered single mindedness.  It’s understandable but can also be annoying and counterproductive.  

Billy has been bounced around foster homes and the system since Corey’s incarceration.  The biggest plus in Billy’s favor is he had a strong foundation.  He’s only gone a bit astray.  Billy’s finally beginning to feel accepted when Corey is released.  As Billy tells her, “trouble follows you.”  Billy’s a good kid.  

Abe Stein is the psychiatrist Corey finally settles on for her evaluation.  Abe will decide if she’s a “fit” mother and can regain custody of Billy.  Abe is big, a bit awkward, easily distracted, intense, and highly intelligent.  Abe has what I call “the absent minded professor syndrome.”  I found him quirky, endearing, and frustrating.   

Jessica, aka Jesse Stein, is Abe’s mother.  Mover and shaker in the world of Democratic politics, Jesse and her contacts can make or break a political hopeful.  At heart Jesse doesn’t understand Abe and is disappointed at his chosen course.  

Lester Burrell is Nick Season’s “private investigator”.  Lester Burrell does whatever Nick tells him to.  There’s nothing Lester won’t do or have taken care of.  Lester is scary.  

Nick Season, potentially the next Seattle Attorney General, aka Nikos Sisinis, a con-man born inGreece.  With the death of his parents he was sent to his great uncle inSeattle.  Nick has reinvented and removed himself from that orphaned boy.  Nick is ambitious and has perfected his caring concerned persona.  Nick’s the quintessential bad seed and even more frightening than Lester.  

INSIDE PASSAGE is an exciting fast paced thriller whose twist on the standard hero/heroine roles adds complexity and a degree of unpredictability.  This reversal works beautifully because it’s written as a natural byproduct of personality and upbringing rather than a competitive battle of the sexes.  Corey and Abe complement each other and are perfectly suited to be a team.  The climax was tense and the epilogue has me wondering which is actually the perfect ending.  There are questions floating in my mind so I’m truly looking forward to the second Corey Logan book.    

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5 comments to INSIDE PASSAGE and giveaway with Burt Weissbourd

  • Thanks for the post and the interesting and thoughtful review. I’m glad you liked the book.


  • Ivy

    Thank you for taking the time to visit & bring your characters, Burt.

  • Lynn Bakeman

    Role reversals are an intriguing device to use to gain character insight. I always think of the Robert Burns quote, “O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.” Our brain has an amazing ability to see exactly what it want to “see.” A mirror reflects that same deception. But when someone mirrors us – as in role reversal – we can suddenly gain a new perspective into ourselves. This makes me want to read this book to see how artfully the author used role reversal!

  • Jackie Wisherd

    Enjoyable blog. Your book sounds wonderful.

  • bn100

    They can be interesting to read