Death Benefit

Death Benefit

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by Robin Cook
     
 

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Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation…  See more details below

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Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.

Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they’ve found another loadstone in the nation’s multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.

As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab, one question remains unanswered: is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this formulaic medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Coma), Pia Grazdani, a 26-year-old Columbia Medical School student who’s overcome a difficult childhood to emerge as a brilliant, beautiful, if still troubled adult, attracts the interest of Nobel Prize–winning molecular geneticist Tobias Rothman. Rothman, who has worked with virulent strains of typhoid-causing salmonella, is focusing on a revolutionary program of growing entire organs from stem cells. Meanwhile, greedy Edmund Mathews, the chairman of LifeDeals Inc., is using the company to buy up life insurance policies cheaply based on current actuarial data. Facing devastating financial losses if organ transplants were to become much cheaper, Mathews and his partners scheme to end the threat posed by Rothman’s organogenesis work. Grazdani ends up squarely in the villains’ crosshairs, but fortunately, smitten fellow Columbia med student George Wilson is there for support. Cook’s deft handling of medical science helps lift an otherwise pedestrian plot. (Dec.)
The New York Times
"Master of the medical thriller."
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"Master of the medical thriller." — The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101553671
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
47,252
File size:
577 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty previous books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, COMA. He divides his time between Florida and New Hampshire. His most recent bestsellers are CURE, INTERVENTION, and FOREIGN BODY.

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Death Benefit 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 62 reviews.
jtm1 More than 1 year ago
So much profanity! I have always enjoyed reading Robin Cook's books because they are intelligently written and engaging to read. The story line in this book would have been much better were it not for Cook's perpetual use of the 'F' word. I feel like he is too smart and too talented a writer to have to stoop to using vulgar language in his books. I hope this was a one-time thing and not a new trend. Very disappointing. As a side note, I would have given this book 4 stars if it had not been riddled with profanity.
biff More than 1 year ago
I am a M.D. & have been a Robin Cook fan since day #1. I have read all of his books, some good, some great, some not so good. This is a typical "Cook Book" from start to finish. Difficult to put down once past the 1st 50 pages. A must read for science genre fans, now that Michael Crichton is gone. If you are a 1st time reader of Dr. Cook, one could not go wrong by picking this as 1st endevour. I can't wait for his next book. I hope other readers feel the same as I do-enthralling, entertaining, exciting & informative as well.
Madriver More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Robon Cook's books and like the not-so-subtle way he injects a message into every one. This time he looked at a financial scheme that involved buying life insurance policies, paying people a fraction of the death benefit so they could make use of the money before they died. These were then packaged and sold as commodities, similar to the way mortgages were traded. I liked the concept, but thought the story dragged a lot. In addition, some minor story teases that I thought would be resolved at the end were just left hanging. And the ending was abrupt, and didn't really close out the story; I don't understand why, as a better, more satisfying ending shouldn't have been too difficult. Not a bad book, but if this was the only one of Cook's that I had read I'm not sure I'd be looking for more.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
In “Death Benefits,” Robin Cook explores what happens when medical breakthroughs damage one’s financial assets—and who wins this dangerous game of science against money. The main character is Pia Grazdani, a fourth year medical student at Columbia University, who’s interning with Dr. Tobias Rothman, a renowned molecular geneticist who has just uncovered the way to naturally grow artificial organs. His breakthrough promises to be life-changing, as Wall Street investors Edmund Matthews and Russell Lafevre are miserable to find out. Their company LifeDeals depends on buying life policies from sick people for cheap, and then making money when they die. But it just so happens that the majority of the policies they bought are from diabetes patients, whose lives are likely to be greatly prolonged should Rothman’s artificial organs make it to the market. And so Edmund and Russell turn to Dr. Jerred Trotter, the biggest investor in their little company—and the most rich. Meanwhile, some suspicious things start occurring at the lab. Pia strongly feels that she can trust no one except her mentor, Dr. Rothman. But a series of events leave her hanging on for her life, and risking her career investigating what appears to be a great cover-up. Overall, this was a very engaging mystery. Though the first couple of chapters spend a little too much time explaining the science behind the breakthrough, don’t let them mislead you. Once the storyline really starts, it never lets you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent hard to put down.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Another murder mystery, suspense thriller in the medical field is delivered by Robin Cook with "Death Benefit." *Great storyline. *Engrossing protagonist. *Fast paced once you arrive at chapter forty-one; a non-stop adrenaline rush of action. *A real eye-opener to the shady side of global health-care and the medical research area. *Death for dollars is the order of the day.
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Good story, probably closer to truth than we'd like to imagine!
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Crytal More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how to rate this one. It was ok. I think that I was more interested in the research/medical project that was behind the main story line than I was in the mystery of the murders. This was my first book of Cook's, I was very impressed with the level of knowledge that went into it. And I hope there is a grain of truth in the work being done. It would almost make the murders of these men 'worth it' to know that their work was being carried on (and yes, I know it's a work of fiction!) I'm also not sure how I felt about the second story line, the insurance scam. At first, it seemed out of place, to have these two guys keep popping up. They never really fit into the flow of the story. Then at the end, they were neatly wrapped up with everything else, but that part too, also seemed to not fit in right. As I said, it was just ok, but I would read another by the author, just for the medical references/research.
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Fast reading, good character development...a fast read.
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Cuddles48 More than 1 year ago
I loved both books coma.+ siide effects,they are excellent i love his writing andii'e bought bookd.he's the best..blrs your hrart.linda smith
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Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Robin Cook medical thriller, well laid out with a perfect ending!