Critical (Jack Stapleton Series #7)

Critical (Jack Stapleton Series #7)

by Robin Cook
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Critical (Jack Stapleton Series #7) by Robin Cook

Angela Dawson, M.D., appears to have it all: at the age of thirty-seven, she owns a fabulous New York City apartment, a stunning seaside house on Nantucket, and enjoys the perks of her prosperous lifestyle. But her climb to the top was rough, marked by a troubled childhood, a failed marriage, and the devastating blow of bankruptcy as a primary-care internist. Painfully aware of the role of economics in modern life, particularly in the health-care field, Angela returned to school to earn an MBA. Armed with a shiny new degree and blessed with determination, intelligence, and impeccable timing, Angela founded a start-up company, Angels Healthcare, then took it public. With her controlling interest in three busy specialty hospitals in New York City and plans for others in Miami and Los Angeles, Angela's future looked very bright.

Then a surge of drug-resistant staph infections in all three hospitals devastates Angela's carefully constructed world. Not only do the infections result in patient deaths, but the fatalities also cause stock prices to tumble, leaving market analysts wondering if Angela will be able to hold her empire together.

New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are naturally intrigued by the uptick in staph-related post-procedure deaths. Aside from their own professional curiosity, there's a personal stake as well: Laurie and Jack are newly married, and Jack is facing surgery to repair a torn ligament at Angels Orthopedic Hospital. Despite Jack's protests, Laurie can't help investigating-opening a Pandora's box of corporate intrigue that threatens not just her livelihood, but her life with Jack as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399154232
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Series: Jack Stapleton Series , #7
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano.

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Critical 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I read over a hundred pages and couldn't figure out why I was continuing. He used to be my favorite author...don't know what happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me think twice about having surgery... Just once could the mob guys actually kill Laurie? She'll super annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Robin Cook's earlier books and I've always been impressed by his writing. This book, however, was a huge disappointment. The dialogue between the characters was stilted and the narrative was poorly organized. In several chapters I got the impression he meant to include a piece of information about the story line or one of the characters, but forgot and was too lazy to do a re-write. I didn't even finish 'Critical', it was so bad. Don't waste your time (or your money) on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of the book I had no sympathy for Angela Dawson and her specialty hospitals. When she wanted something she was rude, shrewd, and manipulative. Things fell apart and it was boo hoo, poor Angela. Disliking one of the main characters is a suicide read. Robin Cook spent way too much time explaining his BIG medical words. We get it Robin and if we don't there's always a medical dictionary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always exciting, never dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like complex mysteries, this is for you. Good characters, complex plot, full of surprises.
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The plot was a bit slow in developing but, the pace of action was up there with Cook's standard story. Coming from a hospital career I was amazed that Cook was so knowledeable about the drugs, procedures and such in the arena of pathology. If you like intrigue, death, morgues and suspense you can't do better on a cold, snowy evening.
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MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
This is another series with Drs. Jack Armstrong and Laurie Montgomery. This time Jack needs surgery on a leg injury and the hospital where he wants it done has had strange outbreaks of MRSA. Laurie has an uneasy feeling about this and is frantically trying to find more about the MRSA to talk Jack out of the surgery. Meanwhile, this hospital is going to have the initial IPO and wants to keep this quiet in order to not bring any bad publicity. Of course, organized crime has a hand in this since they are one of the investors. I really love Robin Cook's medical thrillers - the current topics are always covered, the stories move quickly, and the characters come alive, especially in this series. I only have issues with the organized crime/Mafia figures. They get too predictable, and that happened with this story. Right down to the "cement shoes." Keep them out of this, and it would be a FANTASTIC book. With them, it is merely a good book. Still worth the time.
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im4pnst More than 1 year ago
Yet another medical thriller from Robin Cook. Loved this book. A little slow in the beginning, but the plot and the suspense build to a great ending!
sanman More than 1 year ago
Good story with lots of action. Too far out on the severity of injuries and ease of recovery.
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