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The Chain

The Chain

Award-winning suspense novelist Robin Lamont presents The Chain – the first book in The Kinship Series.

Jude Brannock, a seasoned and passionate animal rights investigator, is drawn into the lives of a damaged family in a small town that depends on a meat packing plant for its survival.

Foreword Reviews’ 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist


Jude has been summoned to Bragg Falls to meet with a whistle blower who has documented the dangerous conditions for workers and the brutal treatment of pigs about to be slaughtered at D&M Processing. But when she arrives, she finds that her contact has committed suicide and the video he made is gone. The deeper she probes, the more the town’s residents turn against her – afraid that an exposé will shut down the plant. But beyond the local resistance, there is a more sinister force that will do anything to hide what is happening behind the secretive doors of the slaughterhouse.

Read the First Chapter of the Chain here


“When F. Scott Fitzgerald said, ‘There are no second acts in American lives,’ he had never met Robin Lamont. A Broadway musical star (Godspell, the solo vocalist of “Day by Day”), her second act was as a successful trial lawyer. Now she has launched what promises to be a brilliant third act as a mystery writer. The Chain is a crackling good yarn about the murder of a whistleblower at a slaughterhouse. The suffering of both animals and employees is always present, but never overwhelms the story as animal welfare investigator Jude Brannock, accompanied by her canine companion Finn, puts herself in danger to get to the bottom of things. A great read for lovers of mystery novels—with the added bonus of being an eye opener about life in a slaughterhouse town.” Norm Phelps, author of The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA and Changing the Game: Animal Liberation in the 21st Century


“Robin Lamont is a master of suspense, and her latest novel is no exception. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as you read about harrowing undercover investigations into the dark and hidden world of factory farming. Lamont paints an all-too-real picture of a world in which abuse of animals and humans goes hand in hand, and where the lines between good guys and bad guys are never as clear as you think. You won’t want to put this book down!” Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States


“From the first page I was caught in the grip of this fast-moving tale. Robin Lamont is a smooth operator who cleverly navigates a subject too often swept under the rug.”  Jonathan Balcombe, author of Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals


“Lamont offers a stark but ultimately compassionate vision of beings caught in a cruel and dehumanizing system that is dangerous, desperate, and demoralizing … Highly recommended.” Martin Rowe, publisher Lantern Books and author of The Polar Bear in the Zoo.


“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.”  Animal League Defense Fund (see full post,


“Robin Lamont has successfully melded a riveting and intriguing suspense novel with the hidden realities inside today’s high-speed slaughterhouse operations. Through a bevy of  engaging characters and captivating dialogue, The Chain takes readers into the shocking innards of a modern meat packing plant. A gripping suspense novel which will hold readers rapt from page one, The Chain is a must read for both animal activists and the public at large.”   Gail Eisnitz, author of Slaughterhouse and Chief Investigator for Humane Farming Association.


“The Chain is a page turner … a deep and complex story about the horrors that are going on in a North Carolina town. And Jude Brannock is a great character, a compelling figure who has found her salvation in how much she deeply cares about animals. I love this book – I recommend it to everyone. Just go buy it and read it, because it’s really, really good.” Mariann Sullivan, Our Hen House


“Do yourself and the animals a favor. Read this book.” Bryan Monell, Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)