The Venom Business
Michael Crichton & John Lange
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A smuggler takes a job protecting London’s most despicable businessman
Charles Raynaud feels at home in the jungle. A snake trapper, he makes a tidy profit selling poisonous creatures to the zoos of Europe, but it isn’t just the snake trade that pays his bills. Raynaud is the finest artifact smuggler the world has ever known, and his particular talents are about to be put to the test.
Between jobs in Paris, Raynaud meets an old drinking buddy. One of London’s wealthiest, nastiest men, Richard Pierce has eyes on his late father’s fortune and wants Raynaud to act as his bodyguard until he acquires it. But after the first attempts on Pierce’s life, Raynaud begins to smell a rat. Has he been hired as a bodyguard, or a target?
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author’s estate.
“A glossy and inventive thriller.” —Washington Daily News
“The admirable Crichton strikes again!” —The Sunday Star
Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas and Jeffery Hudson. His novel A Case of Need won the Edgar Award in 1969. Popular throughout the world, he has sold more than 200 million books. His novels have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and thirteen have been made into films.
Not his best
This novel has slow character development, lack luster pace & seems to “chew the fat” rather than tell a story. It is also very long for a book that is so slow. The only real interest is the idea of mind/brain control which is barely explored, which is tackled more in his book “The Terminal Man.” There is a bit about a heart attack, but not much. I don’t suggest this book to read to anyone other than those seeking to read everything by Michael Crichton.