Miracle Cure

Miracle Cure

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by Harlan Coben
     
 

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A Harlan Coben Classic—Now Back in Print!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben “adroitly applies the fundamental rules of thrillerdom (offer a raft of potential villains; keep the action moving at breakneck speed) in this highly entertaining novel” (Publishers Weekly).

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A Harlan Coben Classic—Now Back in Print!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben “adroitly applies the fundamental rules of thrillerdom (offer a raft of potential villains; keep the action moving at breakneck speed) in this highly entertaining novel” (Publishers Weekly).

They’re one of the country’s most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York’s hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds—threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time.

In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. One by one, they’re being targeted by a serial killer. And now Michael has been diagnosed with the disease. There’s only one cure, but many ways to die.…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coben ( Play Dead ) adroitly applies the fundamental rules of thrillerdom (offer a raft of potential villains; keep the action moving at breakneck speed) in this highly entertaining novel about a conspiracy apparently designed to prevent the development of a cure for AIDS. When one of a trio of research scientists on the brink of coming up with an AIDS antidote dies, it looks like suicide, but TV journalist Sara Lowell and her husband, NBA star Michael Silverman, who are friends of the clinic's founder, think otherwise. Their suspicions are confirmed when several clinic patients, including the son of a U.S. senator, are murdered. A televangelist with his own agenda, Sara's prominent physician father, and a high-ranking government official all seem intent upon derailing the AIDS research, a situation that becomes most personal when Michael is diagnosed with the disease. Police lieutenant ``Twitch'' Bernstein, a closet homosexual, ultimately comes face-to-face with the person responsible for the killings. The final revelation of the identity of the master conspirator comes as a real surprise. This page-turner also raises some interesting questions about medical research and its funding. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Coben is the author of one previous novel, Play Dead ( LJ 4/1/90). His new effort is an uneasy stew of contemporary American types: beautiful good girl who is a TV news celebrity; her sister, beautiful bad girl with a heart of gold; handsome basketball star stricken with AIDS; selfless doctor who may have discovered that disease's cure; totally evil contract killer; and hypocritical TV evangelist. These types and others are stirred into a pretty unbelievable story that ranges from New York City to Washington, D.C. to Bang kok and amasses an impressive body count. Despite such drawbacks, Coben keeps the reader's interest by fleshing out the stereotypes a little bit and moving the plot fast enough to overcome the more incredible aspects. A marginal purchase for public libraries.-- A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
School Library Journal
YA-- Coben casts a dynamic, beautiful, and successful woman, Sara Lowell, and her handsome and famous sports figure, Michael Silverman, as his main characters. Their friend, Dr. Harvey Riker, takes them into his confidence when he tells them that his medical clinic has discovered a cure for AIDS. To his horror, his cured patients are being murdered by a serial killer dubbed the Gay Slasher by the media. Sara's father is in stiff competition with Riker for funding of his cancer clinic and her sister, Cassandra, is romantically involved with the doctor. When Michael collapses on the basketball court and is diagnosed as HIV positive, tracking down the murderer and supporting Riker's clinic take on new dimensions for Sara. This is a fast moving mystery that's sure to capture YAs' attention, especially in light of today's headlines.-- Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
From the Publisher
“Frightening.”—Chicago Tribune

Praise for Harlan Coben:

“Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all: nail-biting suspense, roller-coaster plots, relevant social issues, and pitch-perfect characters.” —New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah

“A master storyteller.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Luanne Rice

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101544440
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
13,713
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Frightening.”—Chicago Tribune

Praise for Harlan Coben:

“Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all: nail-biting suspense, roller-coaster plots, relevant social issues, and pitch-perfect characters.” —New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah

“A master storyteller.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Luanne Rice

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