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You would like Philip Kerr, especially his book "Esau" that includes some scientific business in the alps with abominable snowmen. Very Crichton-y. Amazon review below. Kerr has also written some decent period histories about a German detective during the Third Reich. He has also done science fiction and best seller suspense. His books range from well-plotted and ok writing to sheer crapola. So be warned.

t these books are "Pure
Summer" and I always look forward to picking up a new one, and finding out what happened to the rock star who gave it all up to
become a Nobel-prize winning chemist

summary of Esau:

Editorial Reviews
Abominable snowmen, downed satellites, Pakistan and India on the threshold of war--Philip Kerr packs his latest novel with one thrill after another. It begins at the top, or at least very near it. Just as Jack Furness makes it within striking distance of a forbidden Himalayan mountain summit, all hell breaks loose. An enormous avalanche kills his partner (not to mention his Sherpa party further down the mountain) and traps Jack in a cave. There he finds the skull that become the focal point of Esau. Once down from the mountain, Jack takes the skull to Dr. Stella Swift, his former lover and a
paleontologist. She recognizes in it a "missing link," an alternative line of hominid development: the Yeti. This discovery inspires another expedition up the killer mountain, but this time the danger doesn't
come from nature alone: the U.S. military has planted among the climbers an agent whose mission is to recover a downed satellite ... at any cost.

What distinguishes Esau from other novels of this genre is its fine prose and its provocative exploration of evolution. The plot is riveting, the science plausible, and the setting exotic; there could be
no better combination for arm-chair travelers or fireside secret agents.
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