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Jennifer Hernandez is a fourth-year medical student at UCLA whose world is shattered during an otherwise ordinary day. While half-listening to a news report on medical tourism, where first-world citizens travel to third-world countries for surgery, she hears her beloved grandmother’s name mentioned, and her own heart nearly stops: the reporter says Maria Suarez-Hernandez had died, a day after undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhi’s Queen Victoria Hospital.
Maria raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and their bond was unshakable. Still, the news that Maria had travelled to India is a shock to Jennifer, until she realizes it was the only viable option for the hardworking yet uninsured woman. Devastated, Jennifer takes emergency leave from school and heads to India, where relations with local officials go from sympathetic to sour as she presses for information. With the discovery of other unexplained deaths followed by hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr Laurie Montgomery.
Laurie, along with her husband, Dr Jack Stapleton, rushes to the younger woman’s side. And as the death count grows, so do the questions, leading Laurie and Jennifer to unveil a sinister, multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.
From Publishers Weekly
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Excellent Story But Chapters Out of Sequence
As usual this is a good read from Robin Cook. The only real, but major criticism I can make is that after chapter 1 all the other single number chapters are interspersed throughout the novel not in sequence e.g chapter 2 was between 19 and 21. I didn't realise until I had read about 2/3rd's of the book as I was glued to the story. Suddenly a new character appeared and it was apparent from the storyline that I should know who he was. This is the first time iTunes has sold me a flawed book and I am not too happy about it as it spoilt the story to some extent. Chapters 3 to 9 were all out of sequence too. Not good.