Literature / The Venom Business

A novel by Michael Crichton, originally published under a pseudonym. Charles Raynaud is a artifact smuggler masquerading as a poisonous snake dealer. He meets an old friend, Richard Pierce in Paris, who will inherit 500 million 1968 USD (about 3 billion USD today), provided he lives to the age 34 and 2 months. He feels that his step-mother Luicenne is out to get him, and he hires his old friend as a bodyguard. But there is a catch, if he dies before that date, all the money gos to charities. And all is most certainly not as it seems...

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