Natural History

by Neil Cross

Simon & Schuster UK | September 20, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Natural History is rated 1 out of 5 by 1.
Patrick's son Charlie has left home in disgrace. His zoologist wife Jane is on a field trip in Zaire and his daughter Jo is engrossed in her studies. So Patrick is left alone to look after the ailing Devonshire monkey sanctuary that he and Jane took on in a bid to save their marriage. Alone, that is, but for the big, panther-like cat that preys around the park, evading capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patrick's mind as he tries to uncover the truth behind the murder of their oldest female primate.

Patrick's fears begin to fade. But then one night something happens that is so shocking, so deplorable, that it rips apart everything he ever held to be true - and unleashes a horror he could never have imagined…

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 129 × 198 × 0.68 in

Published: September 20, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416522794

ISBN - 13: 9781416522799

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Depressomg I'm a prolific reader and am always looking for authors I haven't read. This is the first book of Neil Cross's I've read and I'd certainly read another one. He's obviously a terrific writer. However, this book was not a good read for me. I found it extremely depressing and very dark. In fact, I couldn't wait to get to the end of it so that I could start another book. This book is being donated to Value Village as I would never want to read it again.
Date published: 2014-03-03

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Natural History

Natural History

by Neil Cross

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 129 × 198 × 0.68 in

Published: September 20, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416522794

ISBN - 13: 9781416522799

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It was only a dead ape. Patrick had seen dozens, one way or another. He'd seen them die naturally, of old age and disease - and heard the war-shrieks as they murdered each other. He'd watched them cannibalize their young. But this was Rue, who'd been at Monkeyland since 1982 - fourteen years. She'd been rescued after a tabloid ran shots of her, a powerful ape at a travelling circus, cowering in baffled misery while a trainer beat her with a riding crop. Rue had grown old at Monkeyland. And Patrick, who knew better, couldn't help but think of her as wise. It was her toffee brown eyes, her pursing, grey-haired lips; the unhurried way she sucked at half an orange. That morning, Saturday, he found her corpse in a far corner of the enclosure. She was twisted up, her face locked in a death grin. The other chimps, alarmed by the spastic violence of her seizures, had retreated to the edges of the compound, leaving Rue alone to die. They were still there - softly grunting, curious - when Patrick arrived. He knelt to inspect the corpse. Late the previous night, somebody - kids, probably - must have entered Monkeyland and thrown poisoned food into the A-Compound. Perhaps Rue, most trusting of creatures, had been alone in accepting it; because only Rue, most trusting of creatures, had died. Patrick knew that local kids gained entry to Monkeyland through a gap in the northern perimeter fence. One of the groundsmen had told him about it, in the very early days. The gap was beh
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Patrick's son Charlie has left home in disgrace. His zoologist wife Jane is on a field trip in Zaire and his daughter Jo is engrossed in her studies. So Patrick is left alone to look after the ailing Devonshire monkey sanctuary that he and Jane took on in a bid to save their marriage. Alone, that is, but for the big, panther-like cat that preys around the park, evading capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patrick's mind as he tries to uncover the truth behind the murder of their oldest female primate.

Patrick's fears begin to fade. But then one night something happens that is so shocking, so deplorable, that it rips apart everything he ever held to be true - and unleashes a horror he could never have imagined…