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Michael Crichton left one more dinosaur novel for us to read

When Michael Crichton sadly passed away back in 2008 he left behind 27 novels, some of which were written under the name John Lange, but all as enjoyable to read today as they were on release. But that wasn’t the end of Crichton’s writing career, and we have since seen two more novels published carrying his name: Pirate Latitudes (2009) and Micro (2011).

We all thought that was the end of Crichton’s writing, but his widow Sherri Crichton has made another discovery. Buried in Crichton’s archives was a complete novel called Dragon Teeth. It’s a book based on Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two paleontologists from the 19th century who had a healthy rivalry when exploring for fossils in the American West during a period known as the Bone Wars.

Crichton has taken the real-world exploits of Cope and Marsh, injected a new fictional character named William Johnson, and concocted a story as only Crichton can. And the good news is, we all get to read in next year with HarperCollins set to publish the new work in May.

Sherri Crichton was the first to read Dragon Teeth and explained, “It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale.” She also believes the book was inspired by vertebrate paleontologist Professor Edwin H. Colbert, who Crichton corresponded with while Colbert was at the American Museum of Natural History.

The last new novel to be published carrying Crichton’s name was Micro. However, that book was unfinished and required author Richard Preston to step in and finish it. Crichton fans will be glad to hear Dragon Teeth was finished and HarperCollins has confirmed nothing has been added to it, it’s pure Crichton.

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