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The explosive new thriller from New York Times–bestselling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook. Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina's Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death.Devastated by Carl's condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon—including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender—to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Middleton Healthcare, including the Mason-Dixon Medical Center, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine hospital admissions.When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they're into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.From the Hardcover edition.
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Devastated by Carl's condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon—including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender—to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.
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When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they're into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.
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        August 10, 2015
        Bestseller Cook’s engrossing medical thriller revisits themes from 1977’s Coma. Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at the Mason-Dixon University Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., has her life upended when her lawyer boyfriend, Carl Vandermeer, suffers severe brain damage during a routine orthopedic procedure. Baffled by what went wrong, Lynn and a colleague, Michael Pender, turn detective to find answers. But they only come up with additional questions when they learn that Carl wasn’t the only patient at the hospital to suffer such complications, and they discover more about a state-of-the-art high-tech facility affiliated with Mason-Dixon that houses patients in vegetative states. A prologue alerts the reader to the existence of a conspiracy through the journal entries of another victim of bad medicine, Kate Hurley, who ends up murdered during a “horrific home invasion.” Cook does a good job of making the medicine intelligible, though the ending may strike some as stretching credulity a bit too far.

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        September 15, 2015
        Blending a witch's brew of weird science and unbridled greed, Cook's (Cell, 2014, etc.) newest medical thriller will boost the blood pressure of anyone facing hospitalization. Lynn Peirce and Michael Pender are fourth-year medical students at Mason-Dixon University Medical Center, part of Middleton Healthcare conglomerate. With graduation coming, Michael is Boston-bound and Lynn is anticipating an engagement ring from lawyer Carl Vandermeer. Then Carl is hospitalized for knee surgery. He comes out of the operation comatose and in a persistent vegetative state. Serendipitously, the Shapiro Institute, a "state-of-the-art-facility" for PVS patients, is nearby. It's an affiliate of Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, a high-tech drug manufacturer owned by a reclusive Russian billionaire. Risking expulsion from medical school and violating HIPAA privacy standards, Lynn and Michael learn that Shapiro's true purpose is far more nefarious than providing "automation, computerization, and control of infection" for PVS patients. Affordable Care Act aside, Cook's formula-greed and medicine are a lousy combination-still works. As one character notes, "even the so-called nonprofit hospitals are money mills in disguise." Cook's other villain is an easy target-international pharmaceutical corporations, the sort that spend more on advertising than research. That leads to motive: "biologics, or drugs made by living systems," are a multibillion-dollar market, and Shapiro has a way to make them cheap and quick. Add esoteric terminology-hybridomas, gammopathy, doll's eye reflex-plus Russian ex-special forces assassins, and the action ramps up from threats and coercion to rape and murder. Lynn is an anemic protagonist, while Michael, an African-American athlete and scholar from a poor family, is better sketched but verging on cliche. The bad guys are off-the-shelf Villains 'R' Us, but the Shapiro Institute, where the Mission Impossible final chase scene takes place, is sci-fi nightmare material. Essentially a rewrite of Cook's first blockbuster, Coma (1977), plugging in big pharma and amoral Russian oligarchs as 21st-century villains.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        September 15, 2015
        In Cook's latest thriller, a medical student, distraught after the unexpected death of her boyfriend following what was supposed to be no-risk surgery, uncovers a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the medical establishment and could risk her own life if she tries to bring the conspirators to justice. If this all sounds a tad familiar, it's because Cook has told variations of this same story numerous times. Devoted fans might enjoy this one, of course: it will feel familiar and comfortable. But after 20-odd novelsnot counting the multivolume Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery seriesCook may have gone to the conspiracy well a few too many times, and some of his fans might detect a certain blah feeling in the story, as if even the author is beginning to lose interest. The quality of the writing is consistent with his other novels, too: competent but not noteworthy and with moments of jarring inadequacy, as if first-draft sentences and paragraphs have somehow made it into the finished book. Cook has name value to many readers, of course, and this one will draw interest, but it could peak quickly.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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        May 15, 2015

        After her boyfriend dies following routine surgery, fourth-year medical student Lynn Pierce drafts lab partner Edward into helping her investigate the possibility of medical malpractice. They find something even worse. Originally scheduled for March 2015, this book has a 200,000-copy first printing,

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        October 15, 2014

        After her boyfriend dies following routine surgery, fourth-year medical student Lynn Pierce drafts lab partner Edward into helping her investigate the possibility of medical malpractice. They find something even worse--and then the death threats start arriving.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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