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The Only Witness

#1, The Neema Mysteries

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**Winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize**

A missing baby. A teenage mother suspected of murder. A jaded detective whose reputation is on the line. A signing gorilla destined for the auction block. A scientist who is about to lose everything. Will the revelation that a gorilla is the only witness to the crime save or doom everyone involved?

Neema, the fictional signing gorilla, is based on information from books and films about Koko, the real signing gorilla.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 24, 2014 – Convincingly rendered human and animal characters fill this fast-paced novel of greed, pathos, and tenderness. When naive 17-year-old Brittany's baby, Ivy, is kidnapped, embittered but empathetic detective Finn investigates. He begins to lose hope for Ivy, but a witness finally steps forth. The problem? The witness is Neema, a trained gorilla whose repeated testimony delivered in sign language causes a significant media stir and impels Grace McKenna, a scientist working with the ape, to help Finn unravel the mystery. Beason has written a taut and fascinating novel. She weaves intelligence and compassion into this dark descent into emotional bankruptcy and betrayal. Complex psychological histories make Finn and Mckenna fully developed characters with valid motivations. Wading into controversial themes, this rollicking thriller touches on human trafficking, teen pregnancy, and the role of animals in the lives of people.

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The Only Witness

This story is really good. I thoroughly enjoyed the subject line. Kept me guessing to the end.

The Only Witness



As the story develops the reader is drawn into the various lives of the characters. The main characters, Grace and Neema become so endearing that you want to cheer them on in their effort to assist in the case of a missing child. Added to that is Matt, the detective trying to find out exactly what happened to the child. As the story intensifies, you will come to love Neema even more for her honest approach to each situation as it is presented. This book makes you want more from this great cast of characters.

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The Only Witness
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 19, 2016
  • Publisher: WildWing Press
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 392 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: #1, The Neema Mysteries
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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