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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,013 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: December 2011 ISBN: 9781101523445
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Behind the prim gates of the Greenwich, Connecticut, McMansions, Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing.

At the same time, Natalie Savondnik and Ronald Goodall—two exceptional yet aloof medical residents—are working closely with their medical center's premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation. As they dig deeper, it becomes clear that the scientist's death was not from natural causes. Is it possible someone is manipulating private life insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?


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Quotes & Awards

  • ...a fascinating tale that never slows down. Library Journal
  • Cook provides an interesting study of the strange bedfellows the biotech business and the mob might make... Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Ainsworth | 2/20/2014

    " Loved this book, but then Cook & Crichton are two that seldom go wrong in my opinion. This topic was esp. interesting & timely for the world today & in my life. I have a special place in my heart for stem cell research & organ regeneration. Transplants are needed by so many & how can we keep it from becoming a "money making or stealing" program? My favorite books are character driven & the main character of Pia & the ex-Wall street wizard made me furious while keeping me turning the pages. As usual, Robin Cook can do no wrong in keeping me coming back for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/18/2014

    " Slightly disappointing compared to some of Robin Cook's other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 2/3/2014

    " I like the story line but too slow developing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rohini Gupta | 1/28/2014

    " I wish there was more of Jack and Laurie in the book but I still enjoyed this one... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Mckinney | 1/24/2014

    " this book started out well and then just got so convoluted and boring that I raced to the end. it was a mess and waste of time to read. very disappointed with this author who really got of track with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 1/19/2014

    " Too many biological inaccuracies to make this book believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 judy | 1/18/2014

    " The last Cook I read (a screed on alternative medicine et. al.) was so poorly written that I decided I was through with him. I picked this one up at the library--with distaste--because I was desperate for books. The middle period Cook is back. I don't expect the thrillers of his early days but I do expect to be presented with thought-provoking information on a medical subject and how it interacts with the real world. Once again, I am intrigued. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrin | 1/18/2014

    " Very page turning, even had Jack and Laurie Stapleton in there. I love them also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anupama Talwai | 12/30/2013

    " I really miss Robin Cook's initial books. This is just ok. Nothing great "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Wood | 12/27/2013

    " Did not seem to be very much Medical in this Medical thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Lehto | 12/24/2013

    " Pretty good book, the ending seemed really abrupt tho. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John O'hare | 12/14/2013

    " Not bad. Couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Briansmom | 12/5/2013

    " This book was just OK. It certainly didn't have the "oomph" that some of Cook's earlier medical thrillers did. All in all, the story just wasn't that intriguing to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Tolley | 12/2/2013

    " Too much build-up in the beginning, and then it only takes 5 pages at the end to tie it all up. Not the best book of his that I've read, but still a good page turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 4/21/2013

    " Unsatisfactory ending. Author did not wrap up several story lines "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juanita | 3/6/2013

    " Too much detail about finances and insurance lost me at the beginning. I don't know if it gets better it was too painful (boring) at the start to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Parmentier Wood | 2/2/2013

    " Not Cook's best work but still pretty decent. Loved reading about the research on creating new organs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Harp | 12/26/2012

    " Since Coma, Cook has me at the title. This book has several plot lines and does take a bit to unravel but still managed to keep my nose glued. Pia and Rothman truly represent the dogged researcher. Then there's George, the noble watchdog. Super summer read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 12/1/2012

    " Well written and interesting up to the middle but tends to drag near the ending. Predictable but still entertaining. The twists were expected so there's not much analysis needed for a mystery book. Could be made as a good movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C. | 11/20/2012

    " Slow at first, but picks up to Cook's usual turn-pager style after a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 11/20/2012

    " It was ok, I did complete it. After a while it was a bit too predictable. But I seem to have that comment about a lot of authors who write multiple books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 8/29/2012

    " A real thriller about what could happen if scientist could grow human organs and what effect it would have on Wall Street "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 5/13/2012

    " This was one of his more "science-y" books - especially in the beginning. To me, it seemed to take a really long time to get to the conspiricy and the conflict. Once the action started, it was good. Just a longer build up than I was in the mood for at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Falene | 4/20/2012

    " He's another one I can read all of - they all sort of seem the same but always an interesting premise. Would have liked a little more in depth ending but.... "

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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 AudioFile Erphones 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.