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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Cook Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Stapleton / Laurie Montgomery Series Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781429585675
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When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he’s shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing twenty-four-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimbursements from insurance companies. But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon and gets much, much worse.

Enter Dr. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in New York City and Bowman’s brother-in-law: Jack’s sister Alexis, now Craig’s estranged wife, tearfully begs for his help as her husband’s trial drags on. Jack agrees to travel to Boston to offer his forensic services and expert witness experience to Craig’s beleaguered defense attorney. But when Jack’s irreverent suggestion to exhume the corpse to disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora’s box of trouble. As Craig Bowman’s life and career are put on the line, Jack is on the verge of making a most unwelcome discovery of tremendous legal and medical significance; and there are people who will do anything to keep him from learning the truth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Korsmo | 2/9/2014

    " Crisis is another in a long line of medical thrillers from author Robin Cook. I have enjoyed many of his previous books, and this one lived up to the same standard. Favorite characters Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery resurface again. Jack is a medical examiner in New York City. When he learns that his sister's husband is being tried for medical malpractice up in Boston, he heeds his sister's call for help when the trial doesn't seem to be going well and comes up to Boston. His brother-in-law, Craig Bowman, is on trial for the death of Patience Stanhope, a "problem patient" of his who died of a heart attack. The plaintiff's case is that Craig didn't respond to the threat of a heart attack with proper speed, and instead of sending Patience straight to the hospital, he made a house call, delaying her care. The motive for this house call was alleged to be that Craig wanted to make the start of the symphony concert that evening to show off his mistress, and could only do so if he made a quick stop by the house on the way to the concert. It turned out that Patience was in very serious condition, and after being rushed to the hospital she died a bit later. Once he arrived, Jack suggested that he may be able to help by conducting an autopsy of the deceased patient, in hopes of finding some major pathology that would prove that the delay had no bearing on the patient's death, or that some other factors mitigated against medical malpractice. So he began the process of exhuming the body, first needing permission from the husband (and plaintiff in the case), and once that was secured, needing to arrange for the exhumation and autopsy to happen quickly. Along the way, he was met with much opposition, mostly in the form of intimidation from Franco, the plaintiff lawyer's rather dubious sidekick. But Jack pressed on, and finally, on the evening before the last day of the trial, he was able to conduct an autopsy. But what he found surprised him. There was no pathology suggesting heart disease, and neither was there any type of pathology indicating why the patient had declined so quickly. This created quite a mystery, but one that was finally solved by toxicology. A potent poison was found in her system that causes failure of the sodium channels of all muscles, and thus, major problems with the heart. This proved especially interesting because the poison in question is a highly controlled substance, but also a chemical that Craig himself used extensively in research. It turned out that upon inspection, traces of it were found in Craig's medical bag. He had murdered his "problem patient," much to Jack's dismay. But this evidence was turned over to the judge, who dismissed the medical malpractice case and forwarded the evidence to the district attorney for criminal charges. Crisis is another good medical thriller from Robin Cook. There were some interesting plot twists, though the characters (and especially the villains) seemed a bit stylized, though in this case that proved to be good misdirection, as they were not ultimately behind the wrongdoing. Crisis is worth the read (or as in my case, the listen), and is a good, fast paced, and engaging mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/9/2014

    " Gripping. The end wasn't unforeseeable, but it was a great twist nonetheless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/30/2014

    " It has been several years since I've read a Robin Cook book, so I was very excited to dig into this one. Without fail, Cook had me hooked from the start and fully enjoyed the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shweta | 1/14/2014

    " topic is good..but not page turner... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becko | 1/6/2014

    " not his best, if looking for a medical thriller this is more a legal thriller with bits and pieces of medical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/1/2014

    " The boogeyman has done it again. Robin Cook has written a "fiction" story that could very well become the truth in this day and age. Lock your doors and close your windows for you are in for a ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony Lewis | 12/30/2013

    " Four stars for the story, two stars for the writing. Torturous, unnatural dialog, and an unhealthy attraction to exclamation points! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 12/30/2013

    " This book took me about 2 months to finish! It was VERY slow for much of it, picking up about 5 chapters or so from the end. I thought the ending was crappy. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 12/28/2013

    " I found this to be a fascinating mystery that kept me guessing to the very end. Maybe more of a testament to my lack of incite than excellent literature but it was a good read and was clean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 12/26/2013

    " It was ok, kind of predictable and ALOT like his other book Contagion. Dont bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 11/18/2013

    " It took me a while to get through this book, I just wasn't interested in the whole legal aspect and the Bowman's did not intrigue me in the slightest. The book didn't get interesting until the last 20%, which is out of the ordinary for a Robin Cook book, his stuff usually grips me from the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 9/10/2013

    " A page turner with an intriguing ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doreen | 6/5/2013

    " Interesting but did not like that story never seem to explain itself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sbcrowder | 5/31/2013

    " Robin Cook's books are pretty well written. An enjoyable read. No blood and gore. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 4/5/2013

    " Jack's brother-in-law is sued for malpractice. It was an okay book, didn't like the characters much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 2/19/2013

    " A good summer, midless read. Typical of Robin Cook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britny | 1/14/2013

    " This book was pretty good. It's about a doctor who is being sued for malpractice but did not commit malpractice. Kept me pretty interested throughout the book, and had a realllly shocking ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Hanlin | 10/20/2012

    " This book was a little different in the direction it went, but Cook made it all come together. The ending was a surprise. It's great to still find books that keep you guessing until the very last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Ouellette | 9/17/2012

    " This was a pretty good read that is not only a good medical/legal suspense story but deals with health issues we currently face. I was especially interested in reading about "concierge" medicine, or personal physicians, which my last doctor became (which is why I can't afford him now) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mindy | 6/3/2012

    " This one was slow and predictable. They even used the same poison as in another one of his books. The characters were flat. It was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/4/2012

    " good twist at the end, as per robin cook style. a quick and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/9/2012

    " Usually I do not enjoy reading Cook but this book was an exception. Good story line. Hook - concierge medicine. Great ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/2/2012

    " good book to read when you are near brain dead to begin with. short on substance but a good quick read with a little diversion to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/4/2011

    " A good compelling mystery to listen to while I'm in the car. It kept me guessing and awake. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zsuzsanna | 6/8/2011

    " Ugh! No more lollipop books!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Campbell | 5/13/2011

    " AS always a good book by Robin Cook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 3/26/2011

    " Despite numerous missed edits and Cook's maddening lack of social aptitude in character conversation, this was a very good story. Although the last few pages left me with a "Huh? Really?" taste in my mouth, the tale was otherwise closed somewhat nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/9/2011

    " Robin Cook's books are those rare books that I can sit down and read cover to cover. I always wait to begin his books when I know I will have time to read it cover to cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 12/27/2010

    " Another medical thriller. Took a long time to get to the goods and way too much courtroom drama. It was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britny | 12/10/2010

    " This book was pretty good. It's about a doctor who is being sued for malpractice but did not commit malpractice. Kept me pretty interested throughout the book, and had a realllly shocking ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/23/2010

    " A look into concierge medicine and medical malpractice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/5/2010

    " A fun novel with a good twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 8/30/2010

    " A typical Robin Cook book. I love how he writes these totally off the wall medical mysteries that possibly could not happen..... or can they. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/25/2010

    " Jack Stapleton , went to help brother in law. Law suit for wrongful death. Jack just makes it to church for wedding to Lauri. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/9/2010

    " MP3 from the Gates Library. This was good Robin Cook stuff! Lots of action. Lots of medical technical jargon (as we have come to expect from Robin). And a great twist at the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/4/2010

    " It has been several years since I've read a Robin Cook book, so I was very excited to dig into this one. Without fail, Cook had me hooked from the start and fully enjoyed the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 7/20/2010

    " Despite numerous missed edits and Cook's maddening lack of social aptitude in character conversation, this was a very good story. Although the last few pages left me with a "Huh? Really?" taste in my mouth, the tale was otherwise closed somewhat nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 7/9/2010

    " good, but too many characters to keep up with "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 6/8/2010

    " A good compelling mystery to listen to while I'm in the car. It kept me guessing and awake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 5/11/2010

    " Usually I do not enjoy reading Cook but this book was an exception. Good story line. Hook - concierge medicine. Great ending. "

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About the Author
Author Robin Cook

Robin Cook is a doctor and bestselling author who is credited with popularizing the medical thriller genre with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. His other titles include Death Benefit, Cure, Intervention, Foreign Body, and Critical, among others. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Florida. 

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.