Critical (Jack Stapleton Series #7)

Critical (Jack Stapleton Series #7)

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by Robin Cook
     
 

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New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton return in this stunning new novel from the ?master of the medical thriller? (New York Times)?a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of an innovative doctor's dangerous downward spiral.


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Overview

New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton return in this stunning new novel from the ?master of the medical thriller? (New York Times)?a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of an innovative doctor's dangerous downward spiral.


From the Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Last seen in 2006's Crisis, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery diligently investigates an abrupt rise in infection deaths at the start of bestseller Cook's lively new thriller. All the deaths can be traced to three Manhattan hospitals owned by Angels Healthcare. Unbeknownst to Montgomery, Angels, which specializes in high-profit surgeries of amply insured patients, is on the verge of going public and can't risk any bad publicity. She's also unaware that Angels' main financial backer is a local Mafia don, who's prepared to kill anyone standing in the way of his investment. Cook smoothly juggles several subplots-one involving Montgomery's husband and fellow coroner, Jack Stapleton, who's suffered a serious knee injury playing basketball-and ekes out maximum value from one of his regular standbys, bumbling hoods. It all adds up to an entertaining mix of suspense, action and education about medical issues. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Like Crisis, in which New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery last appeared, Criticalgravely examines the medical industry using the thriller as vehicle; unfortunately, both books are as dull as dirt. Cook here inelegantly examines the ethical impact of physicians becoming businesspeople: Which is more important, money or patients? The interest of the diligent Montgomery is piqued when she discovers that more than 20 deadly staph infections originated from the same group of specialty hospitals. All are owned by Dr. Angela Dawson, an MBA with designs on becoming a kind of hospital mogul. The element of danger comes from the mob, which provided Dawson's seed money. Despite featuring two female protagonists, the story is plodding and characteristically Cook: many useless details and completely unrealistic dialog. The only saving grace is George Guidall's routinely excellent narration. Not recommended.
—Douglas Lord

Kirkus Reviews
Flesh-eating staph germs and for-profit hospitals share billing as the top villains in this year's medical thriller from Cook (Marker, 2005, etc.). Angela Dawson, M.D., MBA, is close to redeeming herself from the humiliation she suffered when her inner-city clinic went into bankruptcy. Armed with the best business knowledge money can buy, she has established a string of free-standing surgical hospitals for the perfectly insured, where the poor and those in need of emergency medicine need not apply. So successful and so profitable had been Angels Healthcare L.L.C. that Dr. Dawson and the colleagues who bought into her concept are about to make a fortune as the firm goes public. Except that the wheels are coming off fast enough to give the toughest business and medical professional world-class acid reflux. Patient after patient undergoing surgery in Angels hospitals has been succumbing to incredibly fast-acting staph infections, and no amount of scrubbing, disinfecting or filtering can put a stop to the bacterial invasion. Angela's business plan is in the tank as elective surgeries have dried up until the surgeons can be satisfied that their liposuctions won't lead to the grave. Surely the Securities and Exchange Commission or the IRS or whoever will understand why Angela and her accountant haven't tattled on themselves as the IPO draws close. It's nothing but germs, right? Not so, says recurring pathologist Laurie Montgomery, whose hubby and New York City pathology colleague Jack Stapleton is due to get his ACL replaced at one of Angela's luxurious hospitals. Laurie wants to get to the bottom of the medical mystery before Jack goes under the knife. She would be even more worried if sheknew that mobsters were in the mix, or that Angela's chief accountant is the unidentified floater who bobbed to the surface off Manhattan and is now lying on a gurney in her morgue. Mild tension, easily relieved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101207390
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Series:
Jack Stapleton Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
78,515
File size:
677 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Critical 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I read over a hundred pages and couldn't figure out why I was continuing. He used to be my favorite author...don't know what happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me think twice about having surgery... Just once could the mob guys actually kill Laurie? She'll super annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Robin Cook's earlier books and I've always been impressed by his writing. This book, however, was a huge disappointment. The dialogue between the characters was stilted and the narrative was poorly organized. In several chapters I got the impression he meant to include a piece of information about the story line or one of the characters, but forgot and was too lazy to do a re-write. I didn't even finish 'Critical', it was so bad. Don't waste your time (or your money) on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of the book I had no sympathy for Angela Dawson and her specialty hospitals. When she wanted something she was rude, shrewd, and manipulative. Things fell apart and it was boo hoo, poor Angela. Disliking one of the main characters is a suicide read. Robin Cook spent way too much time explaining his BIG medical words. We get it Robin and if we don't there's always a medical dictionary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like complex mysteries, this is for you. Good characters, complex plot, full of surprises.
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The plot was a bit slow in developing but, the pace of action was up there with Cook's standard story. Coming from a hospital career I was amazed that Cook was so knowledeable about the drugs, procedures and such in the arena of pathology. If you like intrigue, death, morgues and suspense you can't do better on a cold, snowy evening.
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MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
This is another series with Drs. Jack Armstrong and Laurie Montgomery. This time Jack needs surgery on a leg injury and the hospital where he wants it done has had strange outbreaks of MRSA. Laurie has an uneasy feeling about this and is frantically trying to find more about the MRSA to talk Jack out of the surgery. Meanwhile, this hospital is going to have the initial IPO and wants to keep this quiet in order to not bring any bad publicity. Of course, organized crime has a hand in this since they are one of the investors. I really love Robin Cook's medical thrillers - the current topics are always covered, the stories move quickly, and the characters come alive, especially in this series. I only have issues with the organized crime/Mafia figures. They get too predictable, and that happened with this story. Right down to the "cement shoes." Keep them out of this, and it would be a FANTASTIC book. With them, it is merely a good book. Still worth the time.
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im4pnst More than 1 year ago
Yet another medical thriller from Robin Cook. Loved this book. A little slow in the beginning, but the plot and the suspense build to a great ending!
sanman More than 1 year ago
Good story with lots of action. Too far out on the severity of injuries and ease of recovery.
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