Prime Witness by Penny Morgan

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One night Caro witnesses the brutal murder of her friend and teacher, Vicky Redpath, in the Centre for Advanced Behavioural Studies. Her wing of the building is in flames but a traumatised Caro escapes. Mark Rees, professor at CABS and Vicky's supervisor, explains to a sceptical DCI Draper the nature of his research - exploring the linguistic and cognitive abilities of great apes - and introduces Draper to the remarkable Caro, a bonobo who can communicate using hieroglyphic symbols and intellectually is on a par with a five-year old child.Rees reveals the centre has been the target of hate mail. Draper suspects animal rights activists might be behind the murder and arson, attempting to sabotage the research and release the animals.The truth, far darker and malevolent, begins to emerge when Darwin, also a bonobo and Caro's penfriend, is killed in California.DCI Draper, grappling to understand the true extent of Caro's abilities, develops a special relationship with her and feels protective of her. As he tries to unravel the mystery that lies at the heart of the attacks upon the apes, he realises that he faces a powerful and implacable enemy.Can Caro identify the killer? Would that endanger her still further? Would her testimony count?

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Published November 16, 2007 by AuthorHouse. 504 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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