Crisis (Jack Stapleton Series #6)

Crisis (Jack Stapleton Series #6)

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by Robin Cook, George Guidall
     
 

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The inventor of the medical thriller shows the profession’s dark side: the terrifying story of a doctor who is sucked into the maelstrom of the current medical malpractice crisis.

When Boston-based Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical negligence, he’s shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician

Overview

The inventor of the medical thriller shows the profession’s dark side: the terrifying story of a doctor who is sucked into the maelstrom of the current medical malpractice crisis.

When Boston-based Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical negligence, he’s shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who has endured grueling years of training and worked continuously in the service of others, he 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 provides the kind of medical care he has been prepared 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 facing decreased reimbursements from insurance companies. But this idyllic situation comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon—and things get 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 Bowman’s estranged wife—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 and thereby disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora’s box of trouble. As Craig’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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
Publishers Weekly
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.
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781428101975
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Jack Stapleton Series, #6
Edition description:
Unabridged

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Meet the Author

Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano.

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Crisis 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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23Faces More than 1 year ago
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.
New_Mexico_Critic More than 1 year ago
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.
mrp More than 1 year ago
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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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!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Crisis to be one of the best of Robin Cook's books yet. Ranks right up there with 'Toxin'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.