In an ice cave high on a forbidden Himalayan mountaintop, renegade climber Jack Furness unearths a perfectly preserved skull, a fossil that may be the missing link and the scientific discovery of the century. To Berkeley paleoanthropologist Stella Swift, the miraculous find warrants an immediate expedition up the mountain's treacherous Fish Tail Peak. But with neighboring Pakistan and India on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, the Pentagon and the GA have their own designs on the remote site. Now, they're all about to enter a domain where one of nature's fiercest creations has thrived for millions of years -- and modern man was never meant to be.
Forget Everest. The most dangerous peak in the Himalayas is Machhapuchhare, considered so sacred that the Nepalese have banned all climbers. And no wonder, as American mountaineering ace Jack Furness discovers after an illegal entry--this is where the Yeti, a.k.a. the Abominable Snowman and Bigfoot, makes his home. Sure to be a major motion picture, this latest from the author of The Grid is an exciting if somewhat predictable (Furness's lover just happens to be a world-class paleoanthropoligist, for example) story of action, political intrigue, and moral ambiguity high above the clouds. If you don't recognize the title's source before Kerr reveals it, you've never heard Alan Bennett's hilarious "My brother is an hairy man" sermon.
The world hovers on the brink of disaster as the nations of the Indian sub-continent rattle their nuclear sabres. Meanwhile, high in the Himalayas, in an almost inaccessible mountain cave, a discovery is made which will change forever mankind's sense of itself.
Prompted by the find, a brilliant young American anthropologist leads her team to the Himalayas. There she encounters a living link with humanity's origins: a tribe of man-like, ape-like beings, who, despite their placid nature, have inspired the legends of the Abominable Snowman.
Almost as soon as they are discovered, man's gentle cousins are in mortal danger of exploitation and perhaps extinction. U.S. Security forces take a predatory interest in the valley which has sheltered the creatures for thousands of years. Who will triumph in this riveting tale of international politics, deadly technology, heart-stopping adventure and simple humanity?
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