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Two new Michael Crichton books to be released

A novel titled "Pirate Latitudes" and an unfinished techno-thriller found in the late author's files have been scheduled for release by the publisher.
/ Source: TODAY staff and wire

Two new Michael Crichton novels, one of them unfinished, have been scheduled for release.

Publisher HarperCollins announced Monday that "Pirate Latitudes," an adventure story set in Jamaica the 17th century, will come out this fall.

A techno-thriller, about one-third completed and currently untitled, will come out in 2010. A co-author, yet to be determined, will help finish the book.

HarperCollins, the publishing arm of News Corp., says the novel was recently found in the files of Crichton, who died last year of cancer at age 66.

Crichton, whose books have sold more than 150 copies arund the world, was a medical doctor turned novelist. He initially wrote novels under pen names while he was a student at Harvard Medical School. The 1969 sci-fi thriller "The Andromeda Strain" established Crichton as a best-selling author.

Crichton's many best-sellers included "Jurassic Park" and "State of Fear." Several of his films were adapted for the big screen, and he also created the popular and long-running medical drama "ER." In 1996, he won an Emmy for the show.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.