Airframe : A Novel (Paperback)

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Crichton''s classic #1 "New York Times"-bestseller--a one-sitting read that will cause a lifetime of white-knuckled nightmares ("Philadelphia Inquirer")--is now available in a tall Premium Edition. Reissue.


Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780345526779
SKU 216794733
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345526775
Release Date 3/22/2011
Author Info
Michael Crichton
Born in Chicago, Michael Crichton was grew up on Long Island, where he was a 6' 9" basketball star at Roslyn High School. In 1960 he entered Harvard University to study English, but after receiving poor grades, he switched his major to anthropology, graduating summa cum laude in 1965. Crichton then attended Harvard Medical School, where he graduated with an M.D. in 1969. To help pay his way through medical school, Crichton began writing thrillers under a variety of pseudonyms. The most successful effort from this period was "A Case Of Need", written as Jeffrey Hudson, which went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. Though he never became a licensed doctor, Crichton did go on to work as a postdoctorate fellow, but soon decided to turn his full attention to writing. His background in anthropology and medicine helped him write a long list of bestsellers. "The Andromeda Strain", which he wrote in his final year of medical school, sold millions and helped established him as a perennial best-selling novelist. Many of his novels have been made into Hollywood movies, including the phenomenally successful "Jurassic Park" and its sequel "The Lost World." Crichton has also run his own software company, written both a computer game and one of the first books on information technology, and made the first film to feature computerized images ("Westworld", 1973). He created the Emmy Award-winning television drama "E.R.", a show on which he also served as the executive producer, and has written books on two of his long-standing passions: modern art and travel. After a long battle with cancer, Crichton died in Los Angeles on August 4, 2008 at the age of 66.
"Crichton wants to make your pulse race from almost the first page--or more to the point, the first frame. And he is extremely good at it. His books are essentially screenplays with a few editorials tucked in. The editorials are the interesting part...He's against self-righteous reporters, internationalist businessmen, and ambitious women too."
"...He [Crichton] has taken on a complex subject in "Airframe" and made its subtleties dramatically vivid."
"It's amazing to experience the heart-pounding thrills of flight while simultaneously becoming more confident in the safety of it all...A surprising and deliciously satisfying conclusion."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Three passengers are dead. Fifty-six are injured. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane. . . . At a moment when the issue of safety and death in the skies is paramount in the public mind, a lethal midair disaster aboard a commercial twin-jet airliner bound from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a pressured and frantic investigation. AIRFRAME is nonstop reading: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton landmark since The Andromeda Strain.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0448
Publisher Ballantine Books

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