Dragon Teeth


Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.  With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William’s newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West’s most notorious characters.

A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.

USA Today – Dragon Teeth Review
“Dragon Teeth isn’t “literary” fiction. Plain and simple, it’s Crichton fiction — a fun, suspenseful, entertaining, well-told tale filled with plot twists, false leads and lurking danger in every cliffhanging chapter. When you’re done, you’ll wish for more.”
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Washington Post – Dragon Teeth Review
“Dragon Teeth is a light historical novel that bears all the narrative traits of its techno-thriller ancestor, Jurassic Park. It’s a fun and diverting romp through the Old West in search of dinosaur bones.”
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Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly – Read an excerpt from newly discovered Michael Crichton novel, Dragon Teeth.
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New York Post
“This week’s must-read books.”
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Publisher’s Weekly – Dragon Teeth Review
“Fans of Crichton’s historical suspense books, such as The Great Train Robbery, will be pleased. ”
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Oklahoman – Dragon Teeth Review
“… a good story with a compelling plot and plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. ”
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Booklist Online – Dragon Teeth Review
“The book is sure to garner a lot of attention—a posthumous book about dinosaurs from the creator of Jurassic Park—but it’s more than just a literary curiosity. It’s also a very good novel; in fact, taken among all Crichton’s novels, it’s one of his best, a beautifully detailed, scientifically engrossing, absolutely riveting story about the early days of paleontology.”
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Wall Street Journal – Dragon Teeth Review
Cowboys and Dinosaurs … “Rollicking … a page-turner.”
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USA TODAY: Read an excerpt from Michael Crichton’s ‘Dragon Teeth’
11/17/2016 – The world will get a newly discovered novel from the late author Michael Crichton next year, and USA TODAY has a first look at the jacket and an exclusive excerpt below.

Dragon Teeth will be published by Harper, a division of HarperCollins, on May 23. It’s about a favorite Crichton subject — dinosaurs — only this time it’s historical fiction set during the 1870s and the “Bone Wars” between two real-life paleontologists in the American West.
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National Geographic Channel Orders Drama Script for Soon-to-be-Published DRAGON TEETH
National Geographic Channel has closed a drama series script development deal with Amblin Television, Sony Pictures Television and CrichtonSun for a global limited series based on the soon-to-be-published Michael Crichton manuscript, Dragon Teeth. Crichton wrote the novel during his most prolific years as a writer and filmmaker. The book was discovered by his wife Sherri Crichton amongst his archives and immediately identified the book as “Pure Crichton.”
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In the News

Michael Crichton featured in Vanity Fair

Check out this fantastic article on Michael Crichton in the March 2017 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The Hit Man by Sam Kashner is an incredible retrospective on Michael’s career that “goes to the heart of Crichton’s unparalleled pop-culture reign” and features quotes from Sherri Crichton about Michael’s soon to be released novel, Dragon Teeth and the The Official Crichton Archives.

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