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When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing twenty-four-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimbursements from insurance companies.But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon-and gets much, much worse.

Enter Dr. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in New York City and Bowman's brother-in-law: Jack's sister Alexis-now Craig's estranged wife-tearfully begs for his help as her husband's trial drags on. Jack agrees to travel to Boston to offer his forensic services and expert witness experience to Craig's beleaguered defense attorney. But when Jack's irreverent suggestion to exhume the corpse to disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora's box of trouble. As Craig Bowman's life and career are put on the line, Jack is on the verge of making a most unwelcome discovery of tremendous legal and medical significance-and there are people who will do anything to keep him from learning the truth.

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Dr. Craig Bowman thought that he had escaped the Sisyphean drudgery of modern medical practice when he accepted a job as an physician for well-heeled patients with special needs. His joy turns to anxious bewilderment when he is served with papers for medical malpractice. As Bowman's legal problems deepen, his medical examiner brother-in-law, Dr. Jack Stapleton, arrives to offer his forensic services to the beleaguered legal team. But his presence does not bring calm. On the contrary, when he makes what appears to be a routine suggestion, all hell breaks loose.
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Guidall's experienced reading brings a pleasant touch of class to Cook's latest thriller. A distinguished and self-confident physician, Craig Bowman is delivered an ego-shattering blow when he is sued for malpractice by the husband of one of his patients, hypochondriac Patience Stanhope, who died while under his care. The trial takes up the bulk of this wordy novel. Bowman's wife asks her brother, medical examiner Dr. Jack Stapleton, to use his expertise to help with her husband's defense. Stapleton agrees, but what should be a routine forensic exercise quickly turns into a dangerous trail of lies, deception and murder. While it takes some time to get to the story's climax, Cook eventually ties up all the loose ends, although the denouement feels more gimmicky than surprising. Guidall exhibits admirable vocal talents as he manages to keep this overwritten novel moving at a satisfying pace, and the ease with which he works his way through the mounds of legal and medical jargon throughout the book is a testament to his skill as a narrator. Fans of Cook's writing should enjoy this dignified presentation. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 29). (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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What's even scarier than a medical thriller by Cook? A medical malpractice suit-at least if you're a doctor. Dr. Craig Bowman is pretty shocked when he gets slapped with one, since he's in the position to handpick his patients. Then brother-in-law Jack, a medical examiner, flippantly recommends exhuming the corpse that occasioned the suit, and big trouble comes out of that grave. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399153570
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Series: Jack Stapleton Series , #6
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Cook

Nano, and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Death Benefit, Cure, and Intervention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Not Sure

    I liked this book but it was repetative and slowed down the story. The end is idiotic. It might have been a good ending for a different novel, but it wasn't worked up to. is he guilty of malpractce, usung contaminated viles for pills, or was it murder? Did he hire the thugs that worked for the opposition to threaten Jack and his own daughters, or did the other lawyer do it? Dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Not Cook's best but read to follow the Stapleton series. They build on each other.

    The legalize used was a little strained (not Cook's usual topic strength) and therefore made the desire to complete the book difficult. If one can get through the "court scenes", the book was fine. There still were areas of the book very enjoyable. I have read most of Cook's books and have enjoy them and will still read others that come out,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Jaystar

    Alright lets setup here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Greyton

    *smiles*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Bloodlust

    I love you-she whispers and kisses your lips gently

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Good until the end

    This was the first book by Robin Cook that I ever read. I did enjoy it and found it to be a good page-turner. The characters were well developed and the story had lots of twists and turns. Unfortunately, the shocking ending that I expected never came; therefore, I felt disappointed at the end. Overall though, good read.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    This book is full of red herrings

    This book has many twists and turns in it. Several "Red Herrings" leaves you guessing until the end about the outcome. It is an excellent book and well worth reading and I suspect re-reading at some future time.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Crisis give new meaning to Narcissism

    Robin Cook has been around a very long time, and still delivers. I was riveted the whole time I was reading this. Good job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    If this is not one of his best, I'm excited to read others that are better...

    This is a GREAT plot and ending when you get around the 'stuff'. And the 'stuff' is just maybe a few too many words...it's all great anyway. If you haven't read the book yet, look away quick! Okay gang ... this is how I understood the ending ... Craig Bowman considered Patience Stanhope such a PP 'problem patient' that he decided to get rid of her. His research allowed him to pass on the tetrodotoxin poison residue in the bottle along with the Zoloft which she shouldn't have taken until bedtime (Jack saw the bottle in Craig's medical bag). Being the hypochrondriac she was, she took the pill too soon, which put her death at a very inconvienent time for Dr. Bowman and at a time when she wasn't alone as she might have been at bedtime, meaning her death could have been pronounced by him as a heart attack and no questions asked. Then, he didn't count on his brother-in-law medical examiner coming on to the scene, so he had to hire the goons to threaten his daughters if an autopsy was done. By that time, he already had his house refinanced and the money stashed in banks overseas, so all he had to do was bail if anything was found in the autopsy. Then, he assumed the identity of Ralph Landrum, probably a PP he had already done away with using the same MO. Jack wasn't fooled after he spoke with Alexis, and will call the authorities to tell them Craig is in Cuba so they can be on the lookout for him (my assumption!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    Interesting twist at the end

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was tough for me to keep it down. I usually read when travelling and although I was lseepy at times, this book managed to keep me awake and interested in knowing more. It has a very interesting end, definitely unpredictable. Very weel written, gets a little slow at times, but catches the speed again in 4-6 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Highly recommend

    Crisis was my first Robin Cook book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book enough to go and by all 26 of his other books that I¿m now reading. I never thought that I would be truly sucked into a medical thriller enough to look forward to reading every evening. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Okay but not great

    I have been a fan of Robin Cook's novels since I read Sphinx maybe a decade ago and have gotten exicited whenever a new Robin Cook novel comes out. However, I must say that I was disappointed with Crisis. I think he has written one too many medical mysteries and is running out of scenes and ideas. The most interesting part about the book was the court room scenes. What I found hard to understand was the medical terms, can the average person read those or do they really care. It seems as if he was just trying to fill up the required amount of pages and just wrote the same information over and over again,I skipped alot of the words some of the pages. I might just skip his next book if it mentions anything medical. Another point that made no sense to is why would Dr. Craig Bowman want or allow another autopsy on Patiece Stanhope if he had murdered her. Did'nt he think there was a possiblity that his handwork would have been picked up. The way the book finishes (could hair colour really make such a difference)with an open ending leads me to beleive that while Craig was not a really likeable guy, he was not the killer but he will come back in a later novel to solvle the mystery surrounding the demise of Patience Stanhope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Highly Recommended

    I found Crisis to be one of the best of Robin Cook's books yet. Ranks right up there with 'Toxin'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Robin Cook doesn't disappoint readers

    I haven't finished the book yet, almost, but this is a real page turner. I have read every book he has ever written and I think this tops all other books he has written. Keeps your interest and makes it hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    intelligent pulp fiction

    This book, while a bit slow was well worth the read. It mirrors the pace of life under the circumstances detailed. Still, one can sense the clock winding down on the marriage thing. I don't have a problem with the loose ends ending. The beginning alluded to it. The only thing that I didn't get is why Dr. Bowman didn't object to the autopsy unless he already had his mind made up. He is a sequel unto himself and more interesting than Jack, who is the focus of the book. Overall, it is a book that puts you in the situation with a good fit and takes you for a worthwhile ride. I don't regret taking it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2006

    Disappointing for sure

    I have been hooked on Cook since Coma but the past few years have shown a downturn in his writing. It seems the more he 'retires', the worse the books get. He also seems to be becoming fixated on younger women. I see a theme here. Anyway, Cook's use of words that I don't know are increasing. Here are a few examples...antipode, grist, schadenfreude. Cook even has a character explain the meaning of the last word and then another character uses the word 'carp' as a verb. I have no idea what it means to be carped. I also found myself reading only the first sentences of the ending paragraphs because it became boring. I agree with the other critics on this list, the ending was quickly written, the terminology was bad, and overall it was a bit boring. Not even close to his previous suspense thrillers. I would classify this as drama. I am disappointed because for years I would almost salivate at a Cook book coming out. But no more. From now on I will read these reviews with more gusto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    What did I miss?

    I am a serious reader and a medical secretary. There was so much medical terminology that without some training, a dictionary would have been needed. I was also confused by the lack of conclusions. I had too many unresolved questions at the end of the read. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Not one of the best

    This book was somewhat different than his other books. The court room sessions were too long and not enough exciting mystery. Good, but not his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Not an Entertaining Read

    Too much medical terminology and the characters are stilted and lack depth. A boring book. Disappointing and not up to Mr. Cook's usual style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    What a Disappointment!

    Would someone explain the ending of this ridiculous, long winded book to me? I'm fairly intelligent and literate, but am sitting here scratching my head. Nothing is explained! Loose ends everywhere. Im glad I got it at the library and didnt pay for this.

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