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The explosive new thriller from New York Times–bestselling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook, takes readers back to where the genre began, with Coma: what happens when innocent hospital patients are used as medical “incubators” against their will.

 

 

Lynn Pierce, a fourth-year medical student at Mason Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, she doesnt know its the last time she will see him whole again. 

 

Devastated by Carls death, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced theres more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason Dixon—including her initially reluctant lab partner, Edward—to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.

 

What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Sentinel Healthcare, including the one attached to Mason Dixon, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine surgery.

 

When Lynn and Edward begin to receive death threats, they know theyre into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Sentinel Healthcare can put a stop to their efforts once and for all. 

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"In this formulaic medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Coma), Pia Grazdani, a 26-year-old Columbia Medical School student who's overcome a difficult childhood to emerge as a brilliant, beautiful, if still troubled adult, attracts the interest of Nobel Prize — winning molecular geneticist Tobias Rothman. Rothman, who has worked with virulent strains of typhoid-causing salmonella, is focusing on a revolutionary program of growing entire organs from stem cells. Meanwhile, greedy Edmund Mathews, the chairman of LifeDeals Inc., is using the company to buy up life insurance policies cheaply based on current actuarial data. Facing devastating financial losses if organ transplants were to become much cheaper, Mathews and his partners scheme to end the threat posed by Rothman's organogenesis work. Grazdani ends up squarely in the villains' crosshairs, but fortunately, smitten fellow Columbia med student George Wilson is there for support. Cook's deft handling of medical science helps lift an otherwise pedestrian plot." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Unabridged, 10 CDs, 11 hours

Read by George Guidall

The New York Times-bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed and medical malfeasance.

Synopsis:

ROBIN COOK--New York Times-best selling author and master of the medical thriller--returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed, medical malfeasance, adn starling science.

PIA GRAZDANI is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center's premier scientist on cutting-edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr. Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will be given the chance to fulfill her ambition to participate in medical discoveries that can help millions while bringing her a measure of personal peace that might once and for all push aside memories of her difficult and abusive childhood.

But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of infatuated classmate George Wilson, must investigate the unforeseen calamity in the hospital's supposedly secure biosafety lab.

Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz kids think they have found another loadstone in the nation's multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry. They race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.

As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab one question remains unanswered: is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?

About the Author

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty previous books, most recently Nano, and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Death Benefit, Cure, and Intervention.

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writermala, February 27, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
One is used to reading excellent Medical Thrillers written by Robin Cook. He does not disappoint us in Death Benefit - a wonderful Medical Thriller.

Death Benefit is, however, much more than merely a medical thriller. Pia Grazdani is a wonderful character at once alluring, intelligent, plucky, and persistent. She reminds us of Laurie Montgomery of the past. Laurie and Jack Stapleton make cameo appearances to keep up the trend.

Death Benefit has Crime Families, Cutting Edge Technology and Futuristic Science (believable,) and high finance thrown into a melting pot and stirred by a magic wand that is Robin Cook's facile pen.

A page turner that is a must-read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399157462
Author:
Cook, Robin
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Author:
Guidall, George
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20111227
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this formulaic medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Coma), Pia Grazdani, a 26-year-old Columbia Medical School student who's overcome a difficult childhood to emerge as a brilliant, beautiful, if still troubled adult, attracts the interest of Nobel Prize — winning molecular geneticist Tobias Rothman. Rothman, who has worked with virulent strains of typhoid-causing salmonella, is focusing on a revolutionary program of growing entire organs from stem cells. Meanwhile, greedy Edmund Mathews, the chairman of LifeDeals Inc., is using the company to buy up life insurance policies cheaply based on current actuarial data. Facing devastating financial losses if organ transplants were to become much cheaper, Mathews and his partners scheme to end the threat posed by Rothman's organogenesis work. Grazdani ends up squarely in the villains' crosshairs, but fortunately, smitten fellow Columbia med student George Wilson is there for support. Cook's deft handling of medical science helps lift an otherwise pedestrian plot." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Unabridged, 10 CDs, 11 hours

Read by George Guidall

The New York Times-bestselling author and master of the medical thriller returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed and medical malfeasance.

"Synopsis" by ,

ROBIN COOK--New York Times-best selling author and master of the medical thriller--returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed, medical malfeasance, adn starling science.

PIA GRAZDANI is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center's premier scientist on cutting-edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr. Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will be given the chance to fulfill her ambition to participate in medical discoveries that can help millions while bringing her a measure of personal peace that might once and for all push aside memories of her difficult and abusive childhood.

But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of infatuated classmate George Wilson, must investigate the unforeseen calamity in the hospital's supposedly secure biosafety lab.

Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz kids think they have found another loadstone in the nation's multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry. They race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.

As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab one question remains unanswered: is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?

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