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Gear, W. Michael & Gear, Kathleen | Dark Inheritance | Double-Signed 1st Edition
Dark Inheritance | Gear, W. Michael & Gear, Kathleen | Double-Signed 1st Edition

DARK INHERITANCE by Kathleen and W. Michael Gear

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by both authors. 2001 NY: Warner ISBN 9780446526067
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Dark Inheritance
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Anthropologist Dr. Jim Dutton has raised a Bonobo pygmy chimpanzee for the past 12 years alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Brett, as part of a research project for pharmaceutical giant SAC (Smyth-Archer Chemists). As it turns out, Umber not only knows sign language, but she can also read, speak through a computerized voice synthesizer, and write. Even more alarmingly, she ponders God, her soul, and the consequences of actions. Dutton fudges results to SAC for fear of losing the animal to experimentation if her true abilities were known. Worried, he consults an old friend and colleague to determine why Umber seems so mysteriously human, and those inquiries bring the attention of SAC on his family and friends. In their attempt to keep Umber as part of their family, Dutton, Brett, and her estranged mother (a well-known investigative reporter) end up in Africa, battling for their survival against an insane blue-eyed ape and the greedy director willing to kill to preserve the SAC financial empire and the secrecy of the ape project. The action-packed story is fascinating, but its real value is the questions it poses, including: Does one have to be a "human" to be a "person?"

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