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I listened to this because I'm a big Michael Crichton fan, plus I was up to Z in a self-imposed A-Z reading challenge! This is pretty typical of his John Lange gumshoe pulp-detective tales. There are also a smattering of medical elements to the story - I guess that's Crichton drawing on his medical background. Fairly standard fare, engaging enough but not great.
I love Michael Crichton and was a bit wary buying this book - after all, this book was written in the late 60's before he really started to develop his writing style / career. After the first hour I almost stopped because the plot was just too strange, but I was on a long training run and didn't have anything else to listen to. After the second hour it got really good and it was hard to stop. I'd recommend this book but there is something fishy (to me) about the claim that it was written in 1968. At the end of the book one of the characters mentions "taking the DVD out of the video recorder and placing it on the desk". Although I was born in 1970, I know for a fact that neither CD Roms of DVD's existed back then - so someone has done some additional writing / editing of Michael Crichton's original work.
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a really fun story, mystery, intrigue, and murder. A fine example of a pulp novel, coming from the point of view of a young Dr. instead of a spy or detective.
the part that most interested me was the end. Crichton mentions a video camera recording on DVD, however this book was written in the late 1960’s. did people even know about DVD technology back then? if so, not many! another example of his ridiculous knowledge and foresight, put to use even on a simple dime novel.
if you are missing this great author, dig-into the lange novels, they are mostly unknown and hard to find, but to a Crichton fan its like discovering new territory.