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by Robin Cook

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Newly divorced surgeon Dr. Kim Regis is determined to remain a good father to his only son, Selden. On a special night out, Kim takes Seldon to his favorite fast-food restaurant for a feast of burgers and fries. But the good time turns to tragedy: the young boy becomes gravely ill and dies as a result of poisoning by E. coli. bacteria found in the meat.Was


Newly divorced surgeon Dr. Kim Regis is determined to remain a good father to his only son, Selden. On a special night out, Kim takes Seldon to his favorite fast-food restaurant for a feast of burgers and fries. But the good time turns to tragedy: the young boy becomes gravely ill and dies as a result of poisoning by E. coli. bacteria found in the meat.Was Seldon's death a result of shoddy food-handling practices? Or was it a sophisticated case of product tampering - by a rival fast-foot giant or a disgruntled employee? Or perhaps by someone with a score to settle with Kim? Taking a leave from his surgical practice, Kim devotes his energies to solving the mystery full time. But he immediately hits a brick walls: a code of silence more impenetrable than anything he has ever encountered in his medical career. Instead of a cold-shoulder reception, however, Kim is soon met with a boot and a fist as thugs attempt to quash his inquiry.Aided by his ex-wife, Kim pursues a trail of deadly evidence, uncovering complicity and guilt stretching from the slaughterhouse floor to the corporate boardroom. Racing against time before more are poisoned, the two come face-to-face with the shocking and elusive truth. And in their life-and-death search for answers, they rediscover the reasons they first fell in love. With trademark pulse-pounding flair, Robin Cook delivers a cutting-edge thriller, borrowing from today's fears and tomorrow's medical technology.

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Cook cooks up another medical thriller, with a bunch of E.coli bacteria as villain, an underdone hamburger as murder weapon, and a little boy as victim. His doctor-father soon discovers that something far more sinister than bad hygiene is the cause. A Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Mystery Guild main selection.

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Meet the Author

Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word “medical” to the thriller genre, and thirty one years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fantasy to produce a succession of twenty-seven New York Times bestsellers that have been translated into forty languages. To date, they include Outbreak (1987), Mindbend (1988), Mutation (1989), Harmful Intent (1990), Vital Signs (1991), Blindsight (1992), Terminal (1993), Fatal Cure (1994), Acceptable Risk (1995), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997), Toxin (1998), Vector (1999), Shock (2001), Seizure (2003), Marker (2005), Crisis (2006), Critical (2007) and Foreign Body (2008).

In each of his novels, Robin Cook strives to elucidate various medical/biotech ethical issues. Dr. Cook says he chose to write thrillers as a way to use entertainment as a method of exposing the public to public policy conundrums such as genetic engineering, medical economics, in vitro fertilization, research funding, managed care, drug research, organ transplantation, stem cell research, concierge medicine, and M.D. owned specialty hospitals.

There have been numerous theatrical movies, television movies, and mini-series made from Robin Cook’s work. In addition to the successful feature film Coma, in December 1993, CBS-TV aired “Robin Cook’s Harmful Intent”; in November 1994 NBC-TV aired “Robin Cook’s Mortal Fear”; in May 1995, NBC-TV aired “Robin Cook’s Virus,” based on Outbreak; in February 1996 NBC-TV aired “Robin Cook’s Terminal”; in 1997 NBC-TV aired “Robin Cook’s Invasion”; and in October 2001 TNT-TV aired “Robin Cook’s Acceptable Risk”.

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Toxin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
ds_sweet More than 1 year ago
I may be a little partial because I myself feel I'll to an Ecoli infection at age 8, and thanks to a wonderful doctor survived with only slight lifelong side effects, but this novel is an excellent adventure into a family struck own by an invisible deadly disease and their path through diagnosis, investigation, and getting to the other side. I read the book approximately 10 years ago so I have forgotten some of the details,but I know I will be reading the rest of his novels as I continue through my To Read list.
judJC More than 1 year ago
I couldn't quite reading. It was one of the best he ever wrote.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book in Med-Tech English. A little on the descriptive side but highly addicting with great characters. I don't think I'll be having a burger any time soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book. at first it was kind of slow but it got really addicting after the first 150 pages.
Tammy09 More than 1 year ago
I don't think I want to eat hamburg again after reading this book. It was well written and I could not stop reading it. I wanted to find out what happened net.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The second I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The characters lock you in from the beginning and twists are crazy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Toxin by Robin Cook. The book vividly describes the effects and dangers of e-coli. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed Cook's characters and the way he applies his medical knowledge in his story. Great Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read TOXIN in a matter of four hours because I couldn't put the book down once I started it. After reading it, I immediately got on the internet and started searching for information that the book speaks about and I was very suprised to see the amount of information there was on it. Although the book is fiction, it is based on actual documentation. Robin Cook's storytelling is superb. I recommend everyone to read this book and research the information for yourselves. You will be surprised by what you see.
Cadia More than 1 year ago
You will probably never eat a steak or hamburger without thinking about this book ....I feel that there really was a lot of truth in this fiction book.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started out reading Toxin in high school, it was a AWESOME book, I couldn't put the book down... and I'm not one to read books! I caught myslef reading the book in my other classes as well. A GREAT, NON-STOP THRILLER!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cook delivers a very true and shocking story that has taught me a lesson about the meat packing industry and also all these burger chains. He brings to the point that mishaps like the one discussed in this book are kept a secret. He brings to life what ever American needs to realize not all meat is safe. A Great Read.. Couldn't put the book down. Would recommend to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always an excellent book, but unlike his other books he leaves you hanging. What happened to Kim & Tracy Reggis, Caroline Anderson ???
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, 'Toxin' is outstanding!!. This medical thriller exemplifies gut-wrenching action and drama along with murder, chaos, horror, and conspiracy!! Discussing and confronting the deadly virus E.coli, 'Toxin' reveals the truth behing America's corrupt meat industry. An awesome read and a real winner!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this novel, Cook has proven once again that the medical field and suspense are totally compatible with each other. I loved this book for a couple different reasons: One, I am fascinated with the battles that are constantly waged underneath our skin between our immune systems and intruders from the outer world. And second, Cook has taken everyday things we don't think about much to levels above and beyond our grasp. Cook's thorough medical expertise makes an excellent combination when implemented into a modern-day thriller, as all his novels do. 'Toxin' will make you think twice about what you eat and where it comes from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragged in the beginning and ended too abruptly. Were there more cases? Would have liked to know. Dr.'s behavior was too over the top at times to be realistic. All in all though, an important message, one we need to be aware of and should be very concerned about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nightpelt needs to die
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I have read thousands of books over the years. But this particular book i actually Hated!!! Now I know for certain that most of the reviews are phony. Put there only to entice readers to buy. This book insults the intelligent reader. A cardiac surgeon turned town idiot, turned illegal immigrant worker, turned keystone caper investigator? I never thought the day would come that I would spend time reading something so utterly stupid in my life!! E -Coli is a very serious matter. I feel it was trivilized in this pathetic novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ultimate brain storming.............
rellis More than 1 year ago
Great book, but I'm confused about the summary listed above, who is Seldon? Where there different versions of the book, because in the book I read, the child in question was Kim's daughter Becky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the heck happened here?
MotheroffourMS More than 1 year ago
Toxin was a very exciting book that captured my attention from the start and held it until the end. Robin always manages to tell a very convincing story and Toxin was so convincing that it took me a few weeks to consume a fast food burger and even then I had my doubts. Robin always makes it so real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I will ever eat a burger at a fast food again after reading this book! Robin Cook does a great job of showing you the ins and outs of the beef processing in this country and the potential for a disaterous outcome. Problems like the one at Jack-In-the- Box may well become more prevalent. I enjoyed reading this book and some research into the beef industry! Wow, what a surpise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago