The Visitant

Book I of the Anasazi Mysteries

Anasazi Mysteries (Volume 1 of 3)

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Tor Books

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With their bestselling First North Americans series, the Gears have astounded an avid international audience of millions. Now these master storytellers turn to the American Southwest, to one of the most enigmatic people to ever inhabit this continent—the Anasazi. At its pinnacle in A.D. 1150, their empire was vast and sophisticated, unequalled until the arrival of the Europeans—and then they simply disappeared.

Dr. Maureen Cole, one of the world's foremost physical anthropologists, is called in to examine and evaluate a mass grave discovered in New Mexico. The burial site contains nothing but the shatttered skulls of women and children. As Dr. Cole works to unravel the mystery of these deaths, strange things begin to happen around her. The walls of her laboratory crumble, her generator quits, and she begins to hear whispering voices emanating from the plastic bags of bones....

Available for the first time in a trade paperback edition, The Visitant is the first book in the Anasazi Mysteries series, which marked the beginning of an exciting new direction for the Gears—one sure to appeal to the Gears’s large and dedicated following as well as fans of Tony Hillerman’s Native American mysteries.

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THE VISITANT
1WILLIAM "DUSTY" STEWART LOOKED OUT OVER THE desert-worn hood of his battered Bronco. A thin layer of dust had sifted over the older, rain-pocked dirt that had been partially cemented to the seared blue paint.How like this elemental land to claim everything for its own--to mark it, infiltrate it, and become one with it.Behind his Bronco, a convoy of vehicles threaded across the picturesque New Mexican terrain. A land of colored earth surrounded them, dotted with turquoise sagebrush, vibrant green rabbitbrush, and a pale scattering of chamisa.

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“A fun, fascinating tale.”  —The Colorado Springs Gazette on The Visitant

“Breathtaking descriptions evoke the harsh beauty of the desert, while the lucid, erudite historical perspectives are informed by the authors’ own extensive archaeological experience.”  —Publishers Weekly on The Visitant


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Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation's cultural heritage.  W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.  Together they have written the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

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The Visitant
Book I of the Anasazi Mysteries
Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
October 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765330437
ISBN10: 0765330431
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$16.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466823570
ISBN10: 1466823577
384 pages
$9.99
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