Grave Descend

Grave Descend is a novel written by Michael Crichton under the pseudonym John Lange. It was originally published in 1970, and later re-released in 2006 as part of the Hard Case Crime series. For this release, Michael Crichton did an overall revision of the text. The novel was nominated for the Edgar Award in 1971.[1] Hard Case Crime republished the novel under Crichton's name on October 29, 2013.[2]

Grave Descend
First edition cover
AuthorJohn Lange
CountryUnited States
PublisherSignet Books
Publication date
April 1970
Media typePrint (Paperback)
LC ClassPS3553.R48
Preceded byDealing 
Followed byBinary 

The Chicago Tribune called it "fairly thrilling at times".[3]

Hard Case Crime

Diver James McGregor is used to exploring sunken ships. But there’s something strange about the wreck of the Grave Descend. No one aboard tells quite the same story about what happened. Then there’s the mysterious cargo they were carrying…

In one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a sinister plot is about to unfold. And if McGregor’s not careful, he may find himself in over his head.[4]


  1. "Edgar Award: Best Paperback Original". Cozy-Mystery.Com. Archived from the original on 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
  2. "Hard Case Crime to Publish Early Crichton Thrillers".
  3. Paperbacks Petersen, Clarence. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 21 Dec 1975: f2.
  4. "About Grave Descend".

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