Among the many Michael Crichton (writing as John Lange) novels now in reprint from Hard Case Crime’s library of “hard boiled” fiction, Zero Cool stands out as a refreshing departure from the adventures of rugged heroes (MEN) that inhabit Crichton’s other Lange novels. Zero Cool still retains all the sex, action, and suspense you would expect in a John Lange novel, but it also has the charm and humor of an ordinary man bumbling his way through an extraordinary circumstance. The adventure begins when an overworked American radiologist started a much needed vacation in Spain and meets a beautiful girl clad in a small pink bikini. Then all hell breaks loose. Here’s the synopsis:
American radiologist Peter Ross just wanted a vacation. But when he meets the beautiful Angela Locke on a Spanish beach, he soon finds himself caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact. From Barcelona to Paris, from the towers of the Alhambra to its catacombs, Ross is an ordinary man in desperate circumstances: racing to uncover a secret lost for centuries, before he becomes its next victim.
Harsher critics may say that Zero Cool reads like a B-Movie or comic book, but it’s outlandish plot, gorgeous dames, and scheming villains are what make it an exciting page turner. Dr. Peter Ross is up against The Baron and The Professor; two powerful, and greedy, men competing for the same treasure. Thrown in the mix is the beautiful Angela Locke and a laundry list of henchmen and hired goons to threaten not only the doctors vacation, but his life. By placing an ordinary person, like Ross, in the pivotal role Crichton allowed for an equal amount of excitement and humor. It’s that great mix of funny and suspense that unfolds a fun story for the readers.
Zero Cool is now in available in all major book stores or you can get your copy from the Titan Books online store!