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Cure (Jack Stapleton Series #10)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Cure in an exciting medical thriller

Medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are euphoric with the birth of their first offspring. Following medical leave, Laurie returns to work and her boss assigns to her a routine inquiry in which the preliminary indication is death by natural causes.
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Medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are euphoric with the birth of their first offspring. Following medical leave, Laurie returns to work and her boss assigns to her a routine inquiry in which the preliminary indication is death by natural causes.

However, something feels off kilter to Laurie and she is positive it is not caused by postpartum blues. She digs a bit deeper and soon realizes the victim has been poisoned. Her investigation leads to the Mafia and Japanese gangsters competing with money laundering investments in a crooked stem-cell research firm. When the felons kidnap her son Laurie goes lioness berserker in pursuit.

Cure in an exciting medical thriller due to the diligence of the lead protagonist whose investigation leads to a convergence of the biotechnical and mob industries aimed at her and her loved ones. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Laurie begins her autopsy and never slows down. Although resolutions are incredibly too obvious, easy and abrupt, fans will enjoy the latest Montgomery-Stapleton tale (see Foreign Body) as the enemy goes after them by targeting their Achilles' Heel.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 30, 2010

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I've been a fan of Cook's Jack Stapleton/Laurie Montgomery characters for many years, but this book was terrible. The personalities that made previous books enjoyable are missing completly from Cure. Dialogue is choppy, not believable, and impersonal (ex. two infants in...
I've been a fan of Cook's Jack Stapleton/Laurie Montgomery characters for many years, but this book was terrible. The personalities that made previous books enjoyable are missing completly from Cure. Dialogue is choppy, not believable, and impersonal (ex. two infants in the story, referred to almost every time by parents and others as 'the child'...rarely by name, or 'my son', or 'little boy', etc.) In previous books, the forensic pathology generates questions and investigations; this time it seems to be included more as an obligation than part of the story. What little mystery there is seems forced, farfetched, and fed to us. I struggled to finish the book, and finally did so more out of perseverance than interest. If you're new to Robin Cook's writing, start with one of his earlier books. This one was a major letdown.

posted by Charlies_mom on July 25, 2011

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Eastern Espionage & Western Wars.

    Eastern Espionage & Western Wars. The "wild ride" takes off once you read until chapter 11; plenty of mystery and suspense fill Dr. Laurie's head to keep her delving into an unidentified corpse's death. As a reader you get a thrill ride into the crooked underworld, or rather the above ground organized crime syndication in Robin Cook's latest work "Cure." Fascinating and bizarre happenings in this storyline along with well-developed characters will keep you reading to unravel this suspense thriller. This is another Robin Cook tale of adventure (in globe trekking), mystery, and suspense to excite you and inform you about medical discoveries and the people surrounding their usage. Great nation-to-nation espionage is in the covers of this novel.

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