We’re just about done with our reviews of the John Lange novels as written by Michael Crichton in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This series of classic, hard boil, pulp-like novels is now seeing a new life in reprint through Hard Case Crime series of mystery and suspense novels, and I’m very glad to have had the chance to read and review these fantastic books! This week review is for the suspense thriller Drug of Choice. Here’s a quick synopsis:
On a secret island in the Caribbean, bioengineers have devised a vacation resort like no other, promising the ultimate escape. But when Dr. Roger Clark investigates, he discovers the dark secret of Eden Island and of Advance Biosystems, the shadowy corporation underwriting it…
Through out his run of the John Lange novels, Crichton demonstrated an incredible versatility in being able to write for all sorts of different protagonist. Some are “hard boiled” men of action, while others are more mundane or academic. Drug of Choice’s main protagonist is a doctor. Sort of a “normal” doctor (as far doctors go), but Crichton creates an exciting situation that pushes Dr. Clark to every limit, mentally and physically. Without trying to spoil too much, Drug of Choice has an old school (1960’s) era vibe where the effects of drugs on our ability to interpret reality mix well with a story about corporate greed and conspiracies. It fits in well with many other stories that question the ethics of big corporations and the products they sell us. Kind of like a slighty more down to Earth Philip K. Dick novel. Well, less paranoid anyways. Crichton fans (or new readers) shouldn’t be to concerned though. It still has many of the “Lange” qualities that make these books great pulp fiction. Beautiful women, loads of money, and greedy villains are all there playing their parts. Overall, Drug of Choice stayed consistent with the other Lange novels in that it was cover to cover fun! Not exactly deep reading, but highly entertaining and worth adding to your collection (assuming you have one) of classic pulp fiction.
Drug of Choice is available now in all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com!