Binary

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Political radical John Wright is plotting an act of mass destruction - and federal agent John Graves has him under surveillance, trying to figure out what the plot is. 

When a government computer is hacked and a high-security shipment of nerve gas gets hijacked, Graves puts the pieces together - but can he stop Wright from unleashing his weapon before it kills a million people...including the President of the United States?

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Overview

Political radical John Wright is plotting an act of mass destruction - and federal agent John Graves has him under surveillance, trying to figure out what the plot is. 

When a government computer is hacked and a high-security shipment of nerve gas gets hijacked, Graves puts the pieces together - but can he stop Wright from unleashing his weapon before it kills a million people...including the President of the United States?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
A daring plot to launch a devastating bio-terror attack on the U.S. is the engine that drives this pulse-pounder Crichton wrote in 1972 under the John Lange pseudonym. Admirers of Crichton's better known scientific thrillers such as Jurassic Park will recognize the opening device; to make what follows seem more realistic, the book begins with a rendering of "the facts" that reads as if it was derived from a government report. Seven mobsters have hijacked a train carrying two canisters containing hazardous chemicals that were subsequently spirited away by helicopter, despite precautions to keep secret the transport schedule. The theft of a half-ton of nerve gas may be at the behest of millionaire John Wright, founder and leader of an extremist political movement, Americans for a Better Nation, and a gifted mathematician and expert in the area of "two-component interactions." The efforts to forestall disaster are appropriately suspenseful, and fans of post-9/11 thrillers will find a welcome alternative in the author's treatment of a familiar storyline set in the recent past. (Oct.)
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"It's a great thriller, featuring some ideas that were really ahead of their time." - Trash Mutant

"...it is a taut thriller that moves straightforwardly, and contains a confrontational puzzle at its center...what makes Binary so interesting is... the way the story resonates with today." -  Irresistible Targets

"Great delight to Crichton fans who are still mourning his 2008 passing." Geek Girl Project

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783291250
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Hard Case Crime
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 285,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Crichton

Long before he wrote Jurassic Park, before he scripted blockbuster movies like Twister, before he created the groundbreaking TV series ER, Michael Crichton was an honors student at Harvard Medical School - and writing paperback suspense novels on the side, under the top-secret pen name "John Lange." Lange wrote eight books between 1966 and 1972...and then vanished.

Until, 40 years after John Lange was born, Michael Crichton chose Hard Case Crime to bring him back, personally re-editing two Lange books, even writing new chapters for one of them. Now Hard Case Crime is proud to bring all of John Lange's work back into print for the first time in decades - and the first time ever under Michael Crichton's real name.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Michael Crichton (full name), Jeffery Hudson, John Lange
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 23, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      November 4, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    If you like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, you will love Michael Crichton's

    If you like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, you will love Michael Crichton's Binary! Originally published in 1974 under his pen name John Lange (and literally impossible to find in paperback), Binary is one of Crichton’s best early works! The story is about John Graves and John Wright; Graves is a secret agent who is assigned to track Wright due to ‘apprehensive’ behavior.   It is non-stop action on every page! They are always trying to outsmart each other, and you can’t help but get hooked. This is a quick, simple, but impressive work of literature that should not be ignored. 

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Great to see the John Lange titles available as they are impossi

    Great to see the John Lange titles available as they are impossible to find in print. Favorite of his early work. 

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Would not buy again.

    Drags. Poorly defined story line. Boring.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    What can one say? What use to be called a pot boiler for

    walk around money oh for the days of the pulps can you tell a book from its cover?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Written before he went sci fi .in purely pulp adventure style

    And not too good at that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Decent

    Entertainig and somewhat suspenseful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2014

    A very quick read.  Fast-paced but mostly predictable.  Not sure

    A very quick read.  Fast-paced but mostly predictable.  Not sure why they put a woman on the cover; I don't recall there being any female characters.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    A little different but I liked it

    Try it you will like it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Don't bother unless you are really bored!

    This is a short book - easy to read but pretty lame.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Good Entertainment

    Enjoyed reading this thriller.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Early writingfor sure

    Pretty basic

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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