A Case of Need by Michael Crichton, Jeffery Hudson

416 pages first pub 1968 (editions)

fiction mystery thriller informative mysterious fast-paced


Written as Jeffery Hudson in 1968.A Case of Need is Michael Crichton's award-winning debut novel, written shortly after he completed his medical internship. Set against the ever-building pressure and pace of a large Boston medical center, the tens...

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mysterious 87%
tense 75%
dark 50%
adventurous 37%
emotional 12%
informative 12%


medium 36%
fast 36%
slow 27%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 71% | A mix: 14% | Character: 14%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | Yes: 25%

Loveable characters?

No: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 50% | Yes: 50%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 75% | Yes: 25%

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