"Wading into controversial themes, this rollicking thriller touches on human trafficking, teen pregnancy, and the role of animals in the lives of people." - Publishers Weekly
"Neema knows how to negotiate for a banana and steal your heart while doing it...a marvel of story-telling" - GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Contest
What readers are saying:
"Great read for book clubs!"
"This story grabbed me from the first chapter..."
"The premise of this book is genius..."
"...Even with a gorilla in the mix, it seemed much more realistic than most books these days..."
"What an amazing plot, and it could really happen..."
"Is there a sequel?...I want to go back to Evansburg."
"A great story filled with great characters"
From the Author
As a private investigator, I have been involved in a few cases in which very young children provided crucial testimony. I am also a lifelong animal lover and read everything there is relating to animal intelligence. So when I learned that a gorilla has the IQ of a 5-year-old human child, I got to thinking...what if a gorilla that communicated in sign language was the only
witness to a major crime? The communication skills and behavior of Neema and her mate Gumu are based on research studies I have read about the capabilities and behavior of Koko (a signing gorilla) and various chimpanzees who have been taught sign language.
I did not originally intend THE ONLY WITNESS
to be part of a series, but because readers have expressed a lot of enthusiasm for Neema, I have now published a sequel, THE ONLY CLUE
, and have a third book (and three gorillas) romping around inside my brain.