First book for this author and a fine one it is. Enjoyed it cover to cover
From Publishers Weekly
Archeologist Nicolette Scott faces scorching New Mexico desert heat and a 50-year-old mystery in this action-packed debut. While at a dig with her father, an eminent Anasazi scholar, Nick learns of an airplane buried in the sand. Nick, who has already found a WWII B-24 in a New Guinea jungle, investigates and discovers a B-17, also from WWII, with its body shot up. Inside are the skeletal remains of 11 people, one more than the required crew. Nick wonders who the passenger was and why an American plane was shot down over New Mexico and abandoned. The coverup occurs as she begins to voice her questions. The plane, with a painted scorpion on its nose, is carted away, and then newspaper stories about its discovery are retracted. Accused of perpetrating a hoax, she is put on medical leave by the archeological department at UC-Berkeley. Then people who know of the plane's existence begin to die in what look like accidental deaths. Unwilling to drop her search, Nick follows clues to a millionaire businessman with a connection to 1940s atom bomb testing that ties into the B-17's fatal flight. Through her fast-paced probing to the conclusion in the desert, Nick proves herself an intelligent, game heroine whom readers will want to meet again.
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Val Davis's intriguing thriller involves archaeologist Nicollet Scott and her discovery of a B-17 bomber in the desert of New Mexico--with the bodies of the crew still on board. Narrator Bailey carefully leads listeners through the discovery of the WWII plane and then the search for the identity of its mission and its crew. The varied cast of scholars, prospectors, power brokers and small-town folks makes for a lively story. Bailey does well with the story's pacing and energy. She has a light touch with the character voices but doesn't project enough menace in the bad guys. This is a good adventure and a nice addition for listeners who like mild-mannered mysteries. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Nicolette Scott is an archaeologist with an unusual speciality--the recent past--and an even odder passion--uncovering lost airplanes. But ancient civilations are where the funding is, and the New Mexico badlands are where her father is, so Nick bides her time on a dig of prehistoric Anasazi dwellings.
When a prospector brings word of his unexpected find--an airplane buried in the shifting sands of the desert--Nick is eager to investigate. What she finds is an American B-17 bomber, shot down over friendly territory, its long-dead crew still inside...