Animal Suspense Fiction: The Chain

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on February 25, 2014

the-chainWant to win a copy of an animal rights-themed suspense novel? Enter below to win—two lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Robin Lamont’s novel The Chain.

While the Animal Legal Defense Fund works so hard within the legal system to achieve justice for animals, we see so many heart-breaking crimes against animals. That is why it is a relief of sorts to read about another world of crime—the fictional world of a seasoned and passionate animal rights investigator, Jude Brannock, in Robin Lamont’s novel The Chain. Robin is an award-winning suspense novelist and The Chain is the first book in her “The Kinship” series.

Many of ALDF’s legal actions have relied on evidence provided by investigations on factory farms—like our ALDF v. Mendes case. Factory farms and slaughterhouses are the center of animal cruelty in America, in terms of both sheer numbers of animals harmed and the epic failure of oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies. For this reason, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is vigorously fighting “ag gag” laws, and filed the first lawsuit in history to challenge a state ag gag law.

So it is a pleasure to read a fictional tale on this topic. Released just last October, The Chain tells the story of Jude Brannock’s investigation in a small town that depends economically upon a meat-packing plant in the heart of Bragg Falls. In the way that many animal rights writers are drawn to compare life with fiction, Robin’s story centers upon a whistleblower, who has documented dangerous conditions and illegal treatment of pigs at the processing plant. When Jude Brannock arrives on the scene, however, she finds the whistleblower has committed suicide and his video documentation of illegal cruelty has disappeared. The townspeople aren’t sure what to do, afraid that an investigation will affect their livelihoods. Meanwhile, a sinister force is at play to hide the dark world inside the slaughterhouse.

robin-lamontRobin Lamont has had an incredible journey herself—before becoming a novelist she was first a Broadway actress, an assistant district attorney, and a private investigator. Her novels always focus on social justice issues, and it is a delight to read an animal rights-themed crime fiction novel from such a talented writer–The Chain will appeal to animal advocates and the general public alike.

Part two of “The Kinship” series will look to take on the notorious Wildlife Services, whom the Animal Legal Defense Fund has consistently tackled for its cruel treatment of native predators like coyotes. Without discrimination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services has essentially acted as an extermination service for private ranchers—trapping and killing animals from coyotes to companion animals without real oversight or public scrutiny. It is this mess Robin hopes to expose in her second animal rights-themed crime fiction novel and this war on wildlife that the Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue to fight.

Robin is an animal advocate and lives in New York with her husband and her vegan rescue dog, Kaley. To learn more about the series, visit Robin’s Animal Suspense website and her Animal Suspense Facebook page. And take action online now in ALDF’s campaigns to help farmed animals.

3 thoughts on “Animal Suspense Fiction: The Chain

  1. Tom Krepitch says:

    I’ve heard great things about Robin Lamont and am looking forward to reading this book. :)

  2. Laura says:

    we’re considering reading this in our vegan book club, hope we do soon!

  3. Phyllis Martin says:

    I just finished “The Chain.” It is an absolute must-resd for anyone who cares about animals, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I have to warn readers, however, who do not know anything about the slaughterhouse industry that some of the descriptions might be tough to take, but having read other books such as “Bleating Hearts” and “Eternal Treblinka,” I know them to be absolutely accurate. The book mentions “the machine” and the animal industry is one massive, terrible machine. Coincidentally in April, the movie entitled,”The Ghosts in our Machine,” is being released to the general public. From what I understand it delves into humanity’s horrific treatment of non-human animals. I think it is a movie that everyone should see. If all people knew what is truly happening every second of every day, I think they might seriously consider becoming vegan.

    Another thought: The scene in which Jude goes into the church and tries to reconcile Christianity to all the terrible things she has witnessed as an undercover investigator. I am right now having that same struggle. How do you reconcile the two? How do you reconcile the slaughter of billions of innocent animals each year with Christianity? And doesn’t partaking in communion each week reinforce the whole notion of slaughter because you are in a symbolic fashion drinking the blood and eating the body of a living creature, in this case, the Lamb of God? If someone has an answer, let me know.

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