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As an expert handler of venomous snakes - and a smuggler of rare artifacts - Charles Raynaud is accustomed to danger. So the job body-guarding an old acquaintance about to come into a fortune shouldn't make him break a sweat.

But when the attempts on the man's life nearly get Raynaud killed, he's left wondering: is he the killers' real target…?

©1969 John Lange; Copyright renewed 2005 by CrichtonSun LLC. “John Lange” and “The Venom Business” are trademarks of CrichtonSun LLC, used under license (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Not my kind of book

It's certainly not like his books now. I finished it to see how it ended. But I wouldn't listen to it again like I have his recent books. The narrator was good.

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One of the early Crichton's better books

While Crichton's early works usually have extremely well endowed characters (financially, intellectually, and beautiful), this book had an engaging plot with many twists. Very enjoyable listen.

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Should be a movie!!

Awesome time capsule of 60's London, so glad these stories have emerged as Michael Crichton. I miss his work so much and really enjoyed this pulp version, with a little science mised in. Jon Hamm should play Charles in this great novel

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Not his best one

A bit boring, didnt get into the story much at all. I heard it in pieces over a longer time than usual.

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