Zero Cool

Zero Cool is Michael Crichton's fifth published novel. It was released in 1969 under the pseudonym of John Lange, and was his fourth Lange book.[1][2]

Zero Cool
First edition cover
AuthorJohn Lange
CountryUnited States
Published1969 (Signet Books)
Media typePrint (Paperback)
LC ClassPS3553.R48
Preceded byA Case of Need 
Followed byThe Venom Business 


An American doctor goes to Spain to present a paper at a conference and take a holiday. He meets a mysterious woman and is asked to perform an autopsy on a member of the underworld. He finds himself in a conspiracy to obtain a jewel.


The novel was re-released in 2008 as part of the Hard Case Crime series. For this release, Crichton wrote two short new framing chapters, in addition to doing an overall revision of the text. Hard Case Crime republished the novel under Crichton's name on November 19, 2013.[3][4]


  1. A Listing of New Books New York Times 4 Feb 1969: 36.
  2. The versatile Crichton Seligson, Marcia. Chicago Tribune 8 June 1969: k6.
  3. "Hard Case Crime to Publish Early Crichton Thrillers". October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. "Michael Crichton's pulpy 'John Lange' novels reissued". November 18, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2018.

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