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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,973 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: May 2005 ISBN: 9780786554003
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Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City’s Central Park. Within twenty-four hours of his surgery, he dies.

A thirty-six-year-old mother, Darlene Morgan, has knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in her knee. And within twenty-four hours, she has died.

New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton are back, in Robin Cook’s electrifying twenty-fifth novel. Last seen in Vector, the doctors confront a series of puzzling hospital deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery.

Despite institutional resistance from her superiors, as well as from those at Manhattan General, Laurie doggedly pursues the investigation. Though it seems impossible to determine why and how the patients are dying, she comes to suspect that not only are the deaths related, they’re intentional, suggesting the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a very unusual motive, involving frightening ties to both developing genomic medicine and the economics of modern-day health care.

Then Laurie is dealt a double blow: While coping with Jack’s inability to commit to their relationship, she discovers she carries a genetic marker for a breast-cancer gene. As her personal life continues to unravel, the need for answers becomes more urgent, especially when Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself. With time winding down, she and Jack race to connect the dots, and save Laurie’s life.

With his signature blend of suspense and science, Robin Cook delivers an electrifying page-turner as vivid as today’s headlines.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shalaka | 2/9/2014

    " This is one of the best Robin Cook books. Couldn't keep it down till I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/6/2014

    " A master of the page turning medical thriller. This is the ideal book to take on a long flight but maybe not for a short hospital stay. Doctors, Jack and Laurie are having problems in their relationship, her body clock is ticking away and he is commitment phobic. A number of healthy people have died after routine operations in a central Manhattan hospital, Laurie thinks it could be the work of a serial killer, and tries to connect the series of deaths, Jack isn't so sure. The forensic examinations and toxicology reports draw blanks and the management want the deaths signed out as natural for fear of the political ramifications if they should be accidental or worse, homicidal. The marker of the title is referring to the genetic markers we carry, which can give a foresight into what diseases we may suffer later in life, such markers also contain the key to unraveling the mysterious deaths in the novel. Laurie herself maybe carrying a genetic marker for breast cancer and when she is admitted to hospital for an emergency operation, there is a real fear she may be added to the series she is investigating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kenneth Pabilonia | 2/6/2014

    " I thought that this book will be fun and exciting to read but I was disappointed. It has very slow pacing for a thriller novel with very long chapters that you'll get bored finishing it. This has too many conversations with too little action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 1/23/2014

    " THis was simply too forgettable. I can't really remember it just weeks after reading it. Possibly because it was on a tape but probably because I've had too many snap murder mysteries recently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/11/2014

    " Read it if you love medical thrillers! I seriously couldn't put it down, it was so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 11/11/2013

    " Interesting information on this new technology of human genome (markers) that we all have that can predict what diseases we are susceptable to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Hanlin | 10/5/2013

    " This has got to be one of my favoriet books yet. Cook goes into this novel a little differently than normal, but still surprises you at the end. His usual cast of characters manages to solve mysteries in very unique ways at the OCME and keeps you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreen | 9/23/2013

    " This book gave credence to my worst fears about HMOs and what we call health care. I know it's fiction, just sounds entirely too plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Atopham | 8/10/2013

    " What does your profile look like, and could you be a potential cost to your HMO? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/3/2013

    " This is a fun read. Thought provoking too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this enough to read more by Robin Cook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 11/25/2012

    " Average Robin Cook medical thriller. I've enjoyed some of his other work better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/13/2012

    " Predictable, but I still liked the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/17/2012

    " I do not want to go to hospital. Even tho I do not have a marker. Enjoyed the book and trying to figure out the mystery. "Who Done It?" or "who is behind it?.... Like the characters that Robin Cook creates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 7/24/2012

    " This was a great R. Cook! 600 pages that just flew by. I love Jack Stapleton, his sadness and insecurity, and his girlfriend and her anger and brashness. I loved the story of biogenetics, it was fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 5/17/2012

    " Robin Cook is one of my favorite authors that I can count on one hand. I love the medical mysteries and his two main characters, Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 3/14/2012

    " This one got better and better as I went along. very exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle Robertson | 1/24/2012

    " Great combination of medical technology, mystery and romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/24/2012

    " Decent book, but cook likes to get a little to wordy with medical jargon and proceeders. Found myself struggling with finishing it, but glad I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Mask | 1/12/2012

    " Another pretty good medical slippery slope for genetic/health care stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/4/2011

    " Pretty good story. Not as suspenseful as some of his, but the information about the human genome is very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia Rock lantz | 11/29/2011

    " Really enjoyed this Cook novel and his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Anderson | 11/28/2011

    " I had to take my son to the ER while I was reading this book. I was a little nervous about having an IV because of what I was reading. No one nuked him, and it turned out fine. I love medical thrillers, but they make me nervous about medical care in general. No psychopaths, all is well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 8/30/2011

    " Marker was a tough read in that, I couldn't keep still while Robin Cook wrote about these possible diseases one could get and pass on genetically. Gives me the creeps! However, I thought it was a good book and he brought a unique twist to the relationship of Jack Stapleton and Laurie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 5/24/2011

    " This is probably my favourite Robin Cook but, and the scariest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 4/26/2011

    " This one got better and better as I went along. very exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 4/12/2011

    " Another pretty good medical slippery slope for genetic/health care stories. "

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

    " Robin Cook is one of my favorite authors that I can count on one hand. I love the medical mysteries and his two main characters, Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/24/2011

    " Very exciting page turner. Read it in 5 days. A medical thriller. Robin's written 25 and the last one I read was Coma about 30 years ago. I'll definitely read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/26/2011

    " So far so good. This was on my Mom's dresser because a friend lent it to her so I decided to pick it up and have a random read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sr | 12/4/2010

    " Excellent book informing us about the progress genetic science has made in the short time science itself has progressed since industrial revolution. Add the thrill of adventure and corporate high-crime to it and Marker happened.

    Good fiction for every inquisitive mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shalaka | 10/26/2010

    " This is one of the best Robin Cook books. Couldn't keep it down till I finished it. "

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

    " This is probably my favourite Robin Cook but, and the scariest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Atopham | 7/30/2010

    " What does your profile look like, and could you be a potential cost to your HMO? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 7/8/2010

    " Excellent Book...received from Dax, Haley & Heather for my birthday several years ago and read it that weekend....Highly recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 6/18/2010

    " Listening to this on CD, great story, has me sitting in the car not wanting to go in the house after work, could listen for hours to this story. "

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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.