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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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