Books: Misanthrope Woman in the Mists

by Farley Mowat Warner; 380 pages; $19.95

On Dec. 27, 1985, a Swahili cry went up in the mountains of Central Africa: "Dian kufa!": Dian is dead. The victim of the slaying was American Anthropologist Dian Fossey, 53, author of the 1983 best seller about her work, Gorillas in the Mist. No one has ever been punished for the machete murder -- a ghastly end for a gentle soul.

Or was she? Farley Mowat, a maverick Canadian with his own obsessions about endangered wildlife (Never Cry Wolf; A Whale for the Killing) has an even greater concern for the truth; he ransacks the victim's diaries, analyzes her work...

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