Cure (Jack Stapleton Series #10)

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With her son's illness in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work-and finds her first case back to be a dangerous puzzle of the highest order, involving organized crime and two start- up biotech companies caught in a zero-sum game...

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Overview

With her son's illness in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work-and finds her first case back to be a dangerous puzzle of the highest order, involving organized crime and two start- up biotech companies caught in a zero-sum game...

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New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery after a lengthy family furlough and some of her colleagues are wondering if she still has the right stuff. Her coworkers are especially skeptical about her conclusions about the mysterious death of a CIA agent, but Markham knows that she has one office colleague: her medical examiner husband Jack Stapleton. Together they race down dangerous roads that others don't even imagine. A fast-paced biotech espionage thriller. (Hand-selling tip: No ER genius has better hospital credentials than Robin Cook: He's been creating heart-pounding novels of medical intrigue since 1972.)
Publishers Weekly
Organized crime, international espionage, and kidnapping only mildly enliven Cook's methodical ninth medical thriller featuring husband-and-wife medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton (after Intervention). Laurie's first case back in the Manhattan medical examiner's office, after giving birth to the couple's firstborn, John "JJ" Junior, appears to be a routine case of death by natural causes. But Laurie suspects otherwise, and her dogged investigation uncovers a diabolical poisoning and a plot involving the Mafia and rival Japanese gangsters laundering money for a shady start-up firm promoting stem-cell research. To deter Laurie's prying, the thugs snatch JJ, and suddenly the intrigue gets very personal. Cook provides an interesting study of the strange bedfellows that the biotech business and the mob might make, but he telegraphs all his plot twists so far in advance that there's little suspense other than how quickly Laurie will tip to them. Even devoted Cook fans may find that the crimes and subterfuges are resolved too swiftly and perfunctorily. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Cook's 30th novel follows Intervention (2009), also available from Recorded Books/Penguin Audio and read by multiple Audie Award winner George Guidall. Medical forensics, intrigue, Japanese yakuza and the American mafia, and kidnap consultants all figure into this extraordinary fictional treatise on international business, stem-cell research, and organized crime. Listeners will feel compelled to look further into the potential health impacts of pluripotent stem cell (iPS) research; they can visit Cook's official website, robincookmd.com, for his take on the profits available to those who obtain iPS patents. Guidall masterfully reads this well-researched, expertly plotted thriller; highly recommended. ["A fascinating tale that never slows down," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Putnam hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 6/25/10.—Ed.]—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425242605
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Jack Stapleton Series , #10
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 532,167
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    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.

    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

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    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 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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Not as good

    Cook has writen great stories with laurie and jack, but this was not one of them. Too much on the organized crime and not enough on the forensics.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    No Entertainment Value Here

    This book is dreary and much too technical to be an enjoyable read. Robin Cook's last two books were not the greatest. I think I'm finished.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

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    Not too good

    Part medical mystery, part police mystery and part lecture on America's health care industry, CURE may be the last Robin Cook book that I purchase.

    The main character is NYC Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery, just returning to work from maternity leave. Determined that her first case back is not going to be a "natural" death, she twists herself into a pretzel trying to find another cause. Her reactions and responses are silly and over the top; mostly she's just annoying.

    CURE has weak characters, a far fetched winding plot about Japanese gangs, the most bungling Mafia I've ever seen in print and the biomedical industry.

    The "cure" for this one is to save your money and buy something better to read. Lynn Kimmerle

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Tedious

    Very disappointed in my first Robin Cook book. One dimensional main character, Laurie Stapleton, who is so all-knowing I expected her to commence 'walking on water' at any moment.....or at least find a "cure" for cancer. Cook must churn these out following a cookie cutter formula.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

    Misses the Mark

    While Cook offers a quick writing style and good technical information, this book is limited. Parts are very hard to believe, with the characters being very weak in this tale. While Cook's endings do not always reveal all the details, here it is very difficult to accept some of the nuances that occur. The plot is extremely weak and its outsome is far from acceptable. But, it ia quick read to pass the time on an off day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Highly recommend

    The Jack Staplton series by Robin Cook is a great series. Each book makes the time frame a year or two apart. The on going adventures of Jack, Laurie Montgomery, with Lou Soldano ( a mojor character but off to the side, and of coarse the mob. I read them in hardbacks as they came out, and re-read them on my Nook years later. Sort of reminds me of the ols television show "Quincy"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    To Skystar

    (Great job!!! Like i always say, love love LOVE that detail! Great descriptive words! Could be a little longer, but it's still great story!) ~Musik

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    ~Crossing Winds~ chapter 1~ by Krazy aka skystar

    She could here noises. Noises! Outside the eggshell! All her life... well since she was born, she had only seen darkness, not knowing er eyes werent open. The voices were muffled, but she could make out some words. "Look at her egg... When will tey hatch..." when will they hatch? Sh wasnt the only one? Darnit. Much forhoping to be a single-chick. A surge of excitenent made her shudder, and a commotion of excitement shrieked outside. Gently shetapped the wall with her beak, and a crack snapped the egg. Wow... the eggshell is thinner then i remember... she tapped. This time harder. To her utmost surprise, she felt cold air pirce her featherless skin. "Mph!" She twittered to herself, mumbling grumpily. "Aaaw... look Shakra!" Said a familiar voice. Mom, she figured. She swiveled her sightless head around. Mom shrieked in excitement." What should we name her?" She quivered excitedly. "Howabout... Lilam?" While her parents argued, she opened her eyes. Light poured in, which was quite a shock to her. Er eyes slowly adjusted, and he found herself gasping. Shut your beak! She scowled herself. Wow. Is tht er mother? She stared,amazed, at the blue jay that quarelled with the slim grey-eyed bird perched on a young green branch. "Look!"

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    not able to follow this book at all

    I listened to this book on audiobook and all I can tell you is that this had something to do with Japanese organized crime? I didn't follow the story much at all and I still don't understand where the title relates to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Down hill

    The last 3 of Robin Cook's books tanked! This one is just horrible. Unless you are fluent in japanese, save your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Not very good. To full of scientific details

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Awesome---A Must Read

    Robin Cook never fails to entertain. I can't seem to get enough of Drs. Jack and Laurie Stapleton. When is the next book to be released!!!!!

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Review crisis

    Was a pretty boring read no action or suspense

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Wasn't that good

    I've read a lot of his and this one wasn't that good. Godplayer was better.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    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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    Posted September 29, 2010

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