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Death Benefit [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Overview

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?
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101553671
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 38,250
  • File size: 564 KB

Meet the Author

Robin Cook

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    So much profanity! I have always enjoyed reading Robin Cook's b

    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.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    engaging

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Not his best, but still, not bad

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Bad choice

    This book is nothing like the liner notes that are published for the Nook. I even went so far as to use the Nook search feature and search for the names of the characters mentioned in the liner notes. They're not even mentioned.

    In addition, in the initial character introduction, Mr. Cook describes a key player in such a way as to cause confusion. I'm now reading the book to try to figure this out rather than for the enjoyment of reading.

    I won't read another by this author.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    I am a M.D. & have been a Robin Cook fan since day #1. I hav

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    4 the Love of $$$.

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I went on this site to see if I might want to read this book. W

    I went on this site to see if I might want to read this book. Why do you continually publish many,many "reviews" by Anonymous that say "No text was provided for this review." Since that is not a review, why do you print it? I don't know where else to send this, since it is not a review, but I would appreciate a response. And it asked for a rating when I just said I didn't even get it yet.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    great read

    excellent hard to put down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

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    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Why are you asking for a review?

    This book has not been published yet!

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Good

    Good story, probably closer to truth than we'd like to imagine!

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    I'm not sure how to rate this one. It was ok. I think that I was

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Edge of your seat entertaining!

    Fast reading, good character development...a fast read.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    I loved both books coma.+ siide effects,they are excellent i lov

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Good book

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Great medical mystery!

    Another Robin Cook medical thriller, well laid out with a perfect ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Death Benefit

    Excellent. I give it 5 stars. Could not put down until I finished reading.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    As good as he ever was. Robin Cook is the master of medical thr

    As good as he ever was. Robin Cook is the master of medical thrillers. Very enjoyable and all to possible in this day and age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Worst Robin Cook book ever!

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    What the heck

    What the heck is with these reviews of kit and tom write a damn review enough w these personal ads


    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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