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A Medical Thriller

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Bestselling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the- headlines thriller, as New York City medical detective Jack Stapleton investigates the promises-and deadly risks-of alternative medicine and is led deep into the heart of a religious conspiracy...

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From Publishers Weekly

Jun 15, 2009 – In this uneven medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Foreign Body), Dr. Jack Stapleton, a New York City forensic pathologist who lost his first wife and their two children in a plane crash, is devastated when his newborn son by his second wife is diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. As a diversion from his efforts to find a cure for his son, Stapleton seeks to expose unscrupulous practitioners of alternative medicine. In particular, he investigates the death of a healthy woman whose vertebral arteries were damaged by a chiropractor. Then the plot swerves into Da Vinci Code territory as two of Stapleton's college friends the archbishop of New York and an archeologist battle over skeletal remains that may be those of the Virgin Mary. When the characters themselves comment on the events as something out of a horror movie or a book, suspension of disbelief becomes even more of a challenge (e.g., He felt like he was a participant in a kind of unfolding real-life mystery-thriller ).

Customer Reviews


As usual, Dr. Robin Cook did it again. Another detective thriller with a medical twist. Nicely done teaming with the Vatican's recent problem. At the same time, respecting the Catholic's belief about the assumption of our beloved Mother.
Secondly, alternative medicine is not yet proven to be effective, the story gave us the opportunity to think twice about it. Excellent!

Pretty good

This book is close to making a believer out of me!


Not what I expected. Scattered and so predictable ,especially the ending.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Aug 11, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: A Medical Thriller
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