Book Review: “13 Hollywood Apes” by Gil Reavill

December 29, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Gil Reavill in his new book, “13 Hollywood Apes book cover13 Hollywood Apes” Book One in the Layla Remington Mystery series published by Alibi introduces to Layla Remington.

From the back cover:   In a savvy, stylish thriller debut perfect for anyone who loves the crime novels of Michael Connelly or Nevada Barr, Gil Reavill unravels a chilling tale of murder and mayhem among humans and their closest evolutionary relatives—a primate family that may just be too close for comfort.

As a wildfire rages outside the Odalon Animal Sanctuary in the rugged Santa Monica foothills, the retired Hollywood movie chimpanzees housed there are shot and left for dead. When Malibu detective Layla Remington reaches the grisly scene the next morning, she’s deeply disturbed—and even more confused. The victims are not human, so the attack cannot be classified as homicide. Yet someone clearly wanted these animals dead, and executed them with ruthless efficiency. Miraculously, there is one survivor: a juvenile male named Angle.

But as Layla reaches the veterinarian’s office where Angle is recovering, a man with rock-star good looks and a laid-back Southern California attitude swoops in and removes him. And just like that, an unusual case turns truly bizarre. Soon reports surface of ferocious attacks against Odalon employees . . . with Angle as the prime suspect. As a wave of senseless violence reaches its apex, Layla chases a mystery man and his chimp—but everything comes back to that terrible night at the sanctuary.

Up until this point I had no idea that the trained movie animals that appear in motion pictures have a retirement home to go to when they age out. I thought they were donated to zoos so this was an education. There were really fourteen apes, thirteen are swiftly executed, one survives. Layla is called in to investigate except there is no crime scene because of the massive fire. Now someone is killing the workers at the Wildlife Preserve and it looks like it is her survivor. “13 Hollywood Apes” is a high quality thriller filled with betrayal, murder and conspiracy. Layla Remington has her hands full as she tries to investigate first the animals murder then the murder of humans. Layla is presented as a hard cop but she really is a softie especially when she is around her father. The characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real including the animals. The story takes on the complex world of animal rights which is woven into the mystery and suspense. I am so glad to have found Gil Reavill and am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. I had no idea about a “retirement home” for animals either!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. I’m looking forward to reading this book myself – it sounds heartbreaking but SO GOOD!


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