Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Thriller Author Michael Crichton Dead at Age 66
When THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN came out in 1971, I wasn't drawing genre subdivision lines of thriller, police procedural, cozy, and so on. If it was a plot-driven mystery, I read it -- and so I read this medically based thriller and soon persuaded my mother, also a mystery reader, to do the same.
I was shocked and saddened to learn that while election fever gripped up yesterday, this best-seller's author, Michael Crichton, quietly died of a private and personal battle with cancer, at age 66. Most of the obituaries at this point are on news web sites, but here's one from the Chicago Tribune. My sons will remember him more for his novel JURASSIC PARK and the film made of it; I was startled to read that he also created the TV series "ER."
What a loss of a creative mind.
Posted by Beth Kanell at 10:43 PM