Primacy by J.E. Fishman
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A New Species of SuspenseTens of thousands of monkeys and apes suffer in animal testing labs. If just one of them could speak, what might it say and whose interests would it threaten?
Researcher Liane Vinson thinks she can handle her promotion to the primate lab at Pentalon, the world's biggest and most secretive animal testing facility. Going along to get along, she'll ignore both the vitriol of animal rights protestors outside the front gates and the cold calculus that her bosses use to distance themselves from their subjects behind closed doors. 
But when Liane discovers that one of her favorite apes, a young bonobo called Bea, has shockingly developed the ability to speak, all her doubts awaken--doubts about right and wrong, about following the rules, and about sacrificing individuals to the supposedly greater good.
She'd spare this unique being the knife if she could, but only Axel Flickinger, Pentalon's cold-hearted CEO, holds the power of life and death within the closely monitored laboratory. If there's any chance of rescuing Bea, Liane will need to involve her neighbor, Mickey Ferrone, a rough-hewn veterinarian with his own grievances.
Soon, at risk of life and limb, Liana and Mickey must challenge forces almost beyond their comprehension: a malevolent corporation, a venal federal government, an animal rights movement that's lost its way--and all of our assumptions about man's primacy in nature.

About J.E. Fishman

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J.E. Fishman is the Amazon-bestselling author of three critically acclaimed novels: the science thriller PRIMACY, the wisecracking mystery CADAVER BLUES: A Phuoc Goldberg Fiasco, and the financial thriller THE DARK POOL. His police thrillers under the heading Bomb Squad NYC are the first series based upon the heroism of the NYPD Bomb Squad, the nation’s oldest, busiest and most technologically sophisticated unit of its kind. With technical advice provided by NYPD Bomb Squad Commander Lt. Mark Torre, the series begins with A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS, followed by DEATH MARCH, THE LONG BLACK HAND, BLAST FROM THE PAST, and BOTTLE ROCKET. A former Doubleday editor, Fishman also occasionally blogs for The Nervous Breakdown and the Huffington Post. He divides his time between Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and New York City.
Published September 1, 2011 by Verbitrage. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pursued by Vlad as well as the ruthless, machine-gun-toting secret operatives of the Department of Agriculture, they turn to Liane’s old flame Corey, an eco-fanatic whose rather sensible plan—put Bea on TV as an animal-rights mascot—Liane rejects as too tawdry an exploitation of her simian innoce...

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Liane Vinson, the heroine of Fishman's appealing debut thriller, works at Pentalon, the world's largest animal testing lab, in Farmingdale, Long Island.

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When I first started to read this book I thought “not another animal friendly book” and was waiting for the inevitable tirade to come about animal testing and our treatment of our fellow planet dwellers.

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This is not what Vinson wants for Bea, so she sets forth to take Bea and find a safe place.

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