Last year, Pam Beason left a thoughtful comment on my blog. When I visited her website to learn more about this lovely author, I read an excerpt of her novel, The Only Witness, and was impressed. The story is about a signing gorilla who witnesses a kidnapping, and it caught my attention so completely I bought the full version right away. Pam’s plot, characters and voice are real, contemporary, well written, and well developed. I highly recommend her books – read one and you’ll be hooked, too! Here’s a little teaser:

The outside door opened into a kitchen. There was a chain and padlock on the refrigerator, and a keyed deadbolt on a side door that led to the rest of the trailer. What the hell? McKenna set the tub in the sink, washed her hands, and then picked up her clipboard and, pulling a key out from her belt again, unlocked the interior door. Surreptitiously, Finn reached under his jacket and unsnapped the safety strap on his holster as he followed her over the threshold.

The living room was in shambles. Orange peels, a National Geographic magazine, and a toy alligator were strewn across the rug. A huge pile of blankets were heaped in one corner. The place smelled a little funky. McKenna was clearly not the best of housekeepers. But Finn had searched crack houses and homeless squats; this level of grunge was nothing in comparison.

He sat down on the couch, flipping out his jacket tail so it hung loosely over his pistol. Then he unzipped his case and pulled out the rose in its plastic cylinder. “I brought a little present for Neema.”

The pile of blankets in the corner suddenly shape-shifted. He found himself staring at another gorilla. In the same room. No more than twenty feet away. With no netting or bars in between them. A gorilla twice his size. He found it difficult to breathe. A blanket hung over the animal’s huge black head in an attitude that might have looked funny on another occasion. The creature’s eyes were red-brown, and they were locked on his face as intensely as his gaze was locked on the gorilla’s. He slowly moved his right hand to the pistol on his belt.

Link here to check out THE ONLY WITNESS on Amazon!

About the Author: Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. Beason is the author of four full-length fiction works: The Only Witness, Shaken, Call of the Jaguar, and Endangered, as well as the non-fiction title, Save Your Money, Your Sanity, and Our Planet.

Pamela’s writing has earned her multiple prizes, including the Daphne du Maurier Award. She blogs and tweets about writing, outdoor adventures, and the value of being present in the moment. When not on the job, she explores the natural world on foot, in cross-country skis, in her kayak, or underwater scuba diving. Follow Pam on Twitter @PamBeason and visit her website, www.pamelabeason.com.

9 Responses to Excerpt: THE ONLY WITNESS

  1. Jo VonBargen March 25, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Can’t wait to read it! Anything you recommend, Molly, has GOT to be fantastic!!

    • Molly Greene March 25, 2012 at 7:25 am #

      It’s a great read, Jo – and thanks so much for the compliment!

  2. Laura Zera (@laurazera) March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Thanks for sharing, Molly. Have officially added it in Goodreads so I don’t forget, although after meeting Pam in Bellingham I already knew I’d want to read her books!

  3. Rae Ellen Lee March 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Molly, I too love this book. I couldn’t put it down. And as soon as I finished The Only Witness, I read Pam’s other books. She’s a terrific writer and a lovely person to boot.

  4. Rolando March 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    An animal that can communicate with humans as the only witness to a murder. That is a great idea for a story. I will put this one on the reading list, which is getting longer and longer. So many good books, so little time!

    • Molly Greene March 31, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      It’s a great book, Rolando!

  5. HouseTalkN April 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Just when I vowed to not add any new books to the pile on my bedside table! This looks intriguing! Thank you!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  6. Ellis Vidler July 9, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    So glad I saw this on Twitter. It sounds terrific. I’m ordering it now. Thanks, Molly.

    • Molly Greene July 9, 2012 at 6:31 am #

      Ellis, it’s great, you’ll love it!