In the high altitudes of the Pamir Mountains-"the roof of the world"-a guerrilla fighter vanishes, a schoolgirl is murdered, and an eminent Harvard professor disappears. To a shadowy government agency in Maryland, these are all signs that something has gone terribly wrong. Matt Mattison and Susan Arnot, paleontologists who were once lovers and are now academic rivals, mount an expedition to the remote region. They have no idea that they are about to encounter a species that has been extinct-or so it was thought-and that is endowed with a mental power that makes them all but indomitable. Against their will, the two are forced to relive a battle of the species that occurred 30,000 years ago and that explains the mysterious ability of the human race to survive.
(Random House, 1996)
An international best-seller, translated into 20 languages, purchased by Steven Spielberg
"Scrupulous research … Swiftly paced … with narrative hooks, daring rescue attempts and revelations … The palm goes to Mr. Darnton"
--The New York Times
"Races along at a Spielbergesque pace."
"Scary enough to make you grateful that the only Neanderthals you're likely to meet will be the kind who cut into your lane on the expressway."
"Informative as it is entertaining … An imaginative novel … Such fun reading."
--San Francisco Chronicle