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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,760 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781441858900
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They’re one of the country’s most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York’s hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds—threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time.

In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. One by one, they’re being targeted by a serial killer. And now Michael has been diagnosed with the disease. There’s only one cure, but many ways to die.…

“Coben adroitly applies the fundamental rules of thrillerdom (offer a raft of potential villains; keep the action moving at breakneck speed) in this highly entertaining novel…a page-turner!” —Publishers Weekly

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Girouard | 2/13/2014

    " A potential cure for AIDS lies at the heart of this thriller. Doctors in a NYC clinic have found a cure for AIDS--but it seems someone does not what the cure to be made public because the cured individuals are gradually being killed off by a serial killer. The novel employs a decent cast of characters--a young and prominent couple who make a devastating discovery, a cop who has his own secrets to keep hidden, and a doctor who has given his whole life to finding a cure for the disease that took his brother. I enjoyed this thriller; it was a quick read and one that gave some insight into the prejudice towards those who suffered from the disease in the early years when the disease was becoming more prevalent in the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Glen | 2/13/2014

    " Pretty good. Loved the character development and the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " This is an early work of Harlan Coben re-published in the wake of his successful series and stand alone books. You can see Coben playing with some of the themes that will drive many of his novels--sports, people whose skills are underestimated based on how they look, and witty repartee between characters. It's a solid medical thriller that involves a killer targeting patients at an AIDs clinic , a clinic whose doctors may have discovered a drug that cures the disease. An up and coming television reporter and her pro basketball spouse are sucked into the case because they are friends with one of the doctors. The pace of the story is quick and the alternating viewpoints only moderately disorienting. I agree with the author--this is definitely not the first Coben novel you should read but if you're already a fan, this is a perfectly fine way to spend an afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/26/2014

    " decent murder mystery with a good plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dlora | 1/21/2014

    " Not a bad effort for a second published novel and I did find it intriguing that Coben's soapbox (that he admitted was too evident in this novel) still is relevant today--there is only so much research grant money to go around and the popular diseases of the day are the ones that get it. He makes a pretty good argument, both pro and con, for funding AIDS research, but of course the arguments in the mouth of the good guys are the ones we are supposed to believe. Actually, maybe his soapbox had to do with prejudice against homosexuals, but that was less interesting to me. What annoyed me the very most was how quickly Coben switched from character to character. I can see moving the narrative as a suspense-building trick, but it happens so often in this book that it felt disjointed. What, there were nine different perspectives? The doctor at the beginning who is murdered--but as that was the hook, I won't count that. The basketball star, his gorgeous wife, her sex-pot sister, their senator father, the research doctor, his divorced wife, the assassin, the bigoted religious preacher, the twitchy police detective, and a few other minor voices. Too many! which doesn't allow for enough character development on the main players and they become one-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Flues | 1/11/2014

    " I think the book moved well and was surprised by the ending and the curious details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Ragan | 1/11/2014

    " I had no expectations since the author warned readers in the beginning to beware since it's one of the author's earlier works. I couldn't put the book/e-reader down. There were a few events that seemed implausible, but that did not take away from the story for me. Love the ending. I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong. HC got me good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimblankenfeld | 1/10/2014

    " It's a bit preachy and some character dialog could make for a bad soap opera, but it's still Coben, albeit an earlier version of himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Soliman | 1/10/2014

    " This is one of his early ones with a strong plot and topical theme of a cure for AIDs. Enjoyed it a lot and didn't see all the twists and turns coming. I certainly didn't figure out who was sabotaging the clinic. There were a few unrealistic aspects of the plot that prevented me from going it a five star review but I'm being pedantic and would recommend it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/2/2014

    " This book made me realize that I will never be a good detective. I'm always always near to guessing the bad guy, but I always waver and accuse another, and at the end I'll just regret changing my bad guy. So.. what a bummer am I? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Vermillion | 11/27/2013

    " I loved gay cop Lt. Max Bernstein in this thriller about the AIDS crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Madigan | 11/24/2013

    " I think this is his second book. It is somewhat dated and not quite as polished as his later books but still the kind of suspenseful and gripping story that only he can write. I listened to this book which was narrated by one of my favorites, Scott Brick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/17/2013

    " Not his best book but he said he wrote it years before... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/3/2013

    " An early effort, and not one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 8/8/2013

    " This book was just OK. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing real outstanding. It's about AIDS research, murder and deceit, trying to find a cure. Didn't realize this book was so old until I realized nobody in the story had a cell phone, had to stop and use public phones! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 5/21/2013

    " Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors, I read his "warning" in the front of the book, but read it anyway. He was right. It was certainly not even close to his more recent works. The book has an underlying good story, but somehow drags and drones on to long in a rather uninteresting monotone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Parsons | 5/6/2013

    " Excellent - except for the fact that it was a 1991 reprint. Dated material, but the story was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 4/21/2013

    " fantastic like all other harlan coben books - despite being a reprint after 20 years, I still couldn't put it down and it did not feel dated at all - i can't wait for stay close to come out in March ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spellcheck | 1/16/2013

    " Good beach read. Engrossing medical thriller. I haven't read Coben before and the author's notes before the novel indicate that, with the perspective of time, this is not his favorite creation, but I enjoyed it enough that I will read some of his subsequent novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/25/2012

    " Definitely has the feel of a first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 8/27/2012

    " didn't hate it as much as some of the other reviews suggested; but it certainly wasn't my favorite Coban book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 5/26/2012

    " this is a medical mystery. it was written about 20 years ago. while i enjoyed this book and it wasnt to dated. i enjoyed this book and even though it is 20 yrs old i would recomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/18/2012

    " I liked this story, but I had to agree with Coben's "Note from the Author" that it wasn't his best. It was interesting to read it, though, if for no other reason than to see a take on the AIDS crisis when it was in its first years of having become a "crisis." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/17/2012

    " A bit preachy and not his best work, but it was a fast paced read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 2/29/2012

    " Another great Harlan Coben novel. And oldie but a goddie. Addictive and hard to put down. The bad guy is right in front of your face yet I missed it! SO GOOD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/8/2011

    " Well written and held my interst and suspanse until the end. Can't resist Harlen Coben! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/8/2011

    " Nothing earth-shattering, but a good read...Kept me turning the pages...Pretty exciting thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/23/2011

    " Blah. Desperate for book in airport. Read in one sitting. Got me through the flight though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/21/2011

    " I love Harlan Coben's books, but this was just ok. I have to admit, I was taken by surprise, but it still didn't have the humor and polish that I have enjoyed with his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 10/18/2011

    " this is a medical mystery. it was written about 20 years ago. while i enjoyed this book and it wasnt to dated. i enjoyed this book and even though it is 20 yrs old i would recomend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 10/17/2011

    " I think this is his second book. It is somewhat dated and not quite as polished as his later books but still the kind of suspenseful and gripping story that only he can write. I listened to this book which was narrated by one of my favorites, Scott Brick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/11/2011

    " I enjoyed this book even though it was old. It was suspenseful and intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 10/10/2011

    " A good read. One of his first that I missed when it was new.Except that it is a little dated you can see the development of what was to come from this author. "

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About the Author
Author Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including eight novels that have made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and in 2010, Live Wire won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, worth €125,000. His books are published in forty one languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.