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Death Benefit

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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. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.

Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they’ve found another loadstone in the nation’s multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and 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?

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 31, 2011 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Science fiction at it"s best

Typical of Robin Cook's style, gives you a scary look into the future of medicine. The ending leaves a lot to be desired from. Too abrupt for my liking.

Fast read

I'll admit I am an avid reader of cook. This book is one of his best. Believable & it gives you the creeps that someone could plot such a crime. It makes you wonder if someone isn't doing this right now. Fast book to read. A little technical sometimes but bearable.


Surprisingly a great read....
Cooke's books get formulaic like most high volume writers.
However, Death Benefit had an original story line ,
Good characters and a great ending.

Thoroughly enjoyable novel!

Dr G Friedman

Death Benefit
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Dec 27, 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 544 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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