Grave Descend

Grave Descend

by Michael Crichton, John Lange


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783291243
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Series: Hard Case Crime
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 142,490
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

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.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Grave Descend: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Wova4 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
There was something naggingly familiar about this book--only afterwards did I realize that John Lange is a pen name for Michael Crichton. The book is fast and focused with a series of setups that stretch the imagination. The resolution was a bit lacking, especially the last double-cross that was particularly weak. Crichton's penchant for research shows in this early work, as he describes life in Ocho Rios. Good for completists of Crichton or the Hard Case series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those familiar with Michael Crichton probably already know 'especially if you've read Travels' that Crichton wrote fiction under pseudonyms while in Harvard Medical School, and upon graduating decided to become an author instead of a doctor. Genetically-engineered dinosaurs everywhere are grateful, I suppose. Grave Descend represents one of Crichton's later efforts in medical school, and has been recently reprinted. It's interesting to see Crichton's early work, before he became fascinated with research as a substitute for characters and plot. Not that the plot here is much better in fact, the entire book is woefully cliche. Most of the twists are obvious, the characters are two-dimensional 'not much has changed for Crichton over the years' and the descriptive prose is completely inadequate. Grave Descend does have plenty of action going for it, along with a quick pace that makes it easy to read and mildly captivating in spite of it's flaws. Crichton fans may enjoy this, but mystery fans can do far better elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best thing that can be said about Lange's Grave Descend is that it moves swiftly. Beyond that, I would be hard pressed to come up with anything else. I've read several of the Hard Case novels, and Grave Descend features some of the weakest characters yet- derivative and uninspired. Lange has little talent or patience for description, and is content to TELL rather than SHOW. You know you're in trouble when after 100+ pages there is suddenly a Mafia/Nazi angle to the story...