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The plan: to rob the Reina, a super-luxury hotel off the coast of Spain. The crew: three seasoned criminals with the skills to pull off the heist of the century. The edge: the scheme has been simulated in a computer, down to the last variable. 

The complication: three beautiful women with agendas of their own - and the sort of variables no computer can fathom... 

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Overview

The plan: to rob the Reina, a super-luxury hotel off the coast of Spain. The crew: three seasoned criminals with the skills to pull off the heist of the century. The edge: the scheme has been simulated in a computer, down to the last variable. 

The complication: three beautiful women with agendas of their own - and the sort of variables no computer can fathom... 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/13/2014
In the 1960s, Michael Crichton wrote hardboiled pulp fiction under the pseudonym John Lange. Hard Case Crime is simultaneously releasing three of those novels all of which were revised by Crichton before his death in 2008. In this crime thriller, skilled computer programmer Steven Jencks is leaving nothing to chance: using a special program he has determined the exact odds of success for carrying out a complex heist. He teams with fellow crooks Bryan Stack, who still lives for the thrill of criminal tension, and Miguel, a skillful smuggler. Together, the three men plan to rob a Spanish resort hotel. However, the Hotel Reina is populated with various, eccentric characters who could threaten even Jencks's best-laid plans. From a bickering couple of privileged college students to a seductive nymphomaniac to a hash-dealing British aunt, anyone could distract the men from the task at hand. The story unfolds in starkly exact action that makes everything appear straightforward. And, in tune with the genre, many of the women exist solely to be used by the men, leading to some steamy sex scenes. Crichton, though, provides plenty of misdirection to keep you on your toes. If you like the pulpy crime fiction of the ‘60s, then odds are you'll enjoy this one. (Nov.)
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"Crichton/Lange's ability to pull you into his books is nearly unmatched. Though it applies to all the Lange pulps, you really can't put this book away." - Trash Mutant

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783291182
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Series: Hard Case Crime
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 304,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.75 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    What can one say about an old pulp the paper is yellow and corners break off

    most authors would cringe to have this batch show up

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