This well-crafted suspense novel kept me up late. Not only is it a page-turner, it also centers around an issue of great interest to me: the treatment of farmed animals and the efforts to advocate on behalf of their welfare.
Jude Brannock, an investigator with a Washington-based animal rights organization, finds herself traveling to a small, struggling town whose main employer is a huge slaughter plant. Jude has come here to meet a fed-up worker who couldn’t take one more day of the culture of animal abuse, corruption, and dangerous working conditions at his job, and who has made a covertly-filmed video that promises to be very bad PR for his employer. Trouble is, the whistleblower has turned up dead.
I could tell Lamont did her research on this one. The hostile reaction Jude gets within the town may be a bit over-the-top at times, but not by very much so. The angry glares and threats Jude endures at times brought back certain situations I have found myself in. The inner workings of an industrial slaughterhouse also ring true and conform to every factual account I’ve read of how these places operate.
If mainstream readers will give it a chance, I think this book will captivate both veg*n and omnivorous readers. Although, the omnis might be second-guessing those hot dogs after reading it.
Review originally appeared at Goodreads.com.