“You see? We treat people like they’re nothing, like they might as well be inanimate rocks. But when we open up our hearts we see them as fellow creatures, then as humans, and finally as friends.” (Location 1812)
Putting on the Top Hat and wrapping myself around a lot of old movies and actors in my archives division, I curled up to see what was going on in Los Angeles in 13 HOLLYWOOD APES; I found it stylish, interesting and loaded with some meaty issues to keep my mind questioning and problem-solving. The reader finds the first pages full of chimpanzees being shot in a sanctuary during a raging hillside fire and the first question arises; was it a mercy killer or was it murder?
Layla Remington is a detective investigator for the police substation in Malibu. The daughter of a police officer and a person who worked her way up the ladder to her current job, Layla has a wealth of old movies in her mental archives and a father who likes to watch them even now. She grabs onto each question which arises and digs deeply into figuring out the answer and solving the next problem. Remington perseveres even when her superiors are running in other directions. When she discovers the 13 HOLLYWOOD APES were movie stars and abused lab animals which were given this sanctuary for their whole lives, she becomes extremely glued to the case and figuring out the answers. The reader journeys with Remington and may even figure the plot early on, and yet the twists are tricky making the reader want to help Layla while being well characterized, some by well-placed snippets and clues. The pacing of the story was just right for my need to enjoy this escape.
The theme of the story I found truly captivating. I realized I did not have an answer as to what I deeply believed about animal rights. Are they individuals with rights, just property, slaves and what is cruel and unusual behavior towards them? While reading this story, I read an article about a beloved dog which is healthy and fairly young being held in a shelter until it can be decided whether or not the dog should be euthanized and buried with it’s deceased owner according to the designated will or does the dog have rights to a new life contrary to the original owner’s wishes? The courts are being challenged to decide this dog’s fate. The courts and lawyers are being challenged in 13 HOLLYWOOD APES.
I would recommend this book to those who like thrillers and I would caution this book for younger readers who are not versed in animal rights, neo-Nazi style protesters, and racist insinuations. A smart read and I enjoyed the new information shared and thinking about animal rights from various perspectives.
TLC Booktours sent me an Uncorrected Proof ecopy of this book and I appreciated the read and style of the book very much. Thank you for the opportunity.
About the Author:
Gil Reavill is an author, screenwriter, and widely featured in magazines, Reavill is the author of Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home, and the co-author of Beyond All Reason: My Life with Susan Smith and the screenplay that became the 2005 film Dirty, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Jean Zimmerman, and their daughter. (From the ebook cover).