Near fine condition.Hutchinson,1996.First edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Blue hardback(red lettering to the spine) with Dj(two small creases and a nick on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Nice and clean pages but slightly tainted and yellow on the outer edges,very small mark on the edge of the last balnk page of the book.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear.Price un-clipped.368pp including Bibliography. This is another paragraph From Library Journal: Matt Morrison and Susan Arnot, archaeologists and ex-lovers, are summoned to investigate an odd find: an apparently new Neanderthal skull. They rush to Tadjikistan and foray into some of the least hospitable terrain in Asia. Not too unexpectedly, they find their quarry only to discover a long-lost mentor who is guarding unsettling moral, political, and archaeological secrets that threaten their lives and those of the reclusive Neanderthals. Untangling the puzzle involves figuring out why one tribe is vegetarian and peaceful, the other martial and carnivorous; why their brains are larger than those of contemporary humans; and how they communicate without speech. When government agents intrude and threaten the scientific find, the two scientists must survive, rescue their old friend, deceive American and Russian intelligence gatherers, and balance a study of an astounding archaeological find with the interests of the tribes.