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In this chilling novel from the bestselling “master of the medical thriller” (The New York Times), NYC medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton rush to India to help a UCLA student investigating medical tourism—and a sinister global conspiracy.

Devastated by the news that her beloved granmother has died after hip surgery in New Delhi, UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez flies to India, desperate for answers. Jennifer’s grandmother appears to be a victim of medical tourism—uninsured first-world citizens traveling to third-world countries for more affordable surgery. With revelations of other unexplained deaths and pressure from Indian hospital officials for a hasty cremation, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery.
Laurie, along with her husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton, rush to Jennifer’s side, only to discover a sophisticated medical facility with little margin for error. But as the death count grows, so do the questions, leading Laurie and Jennifer to unveil a multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.

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        In each of his novels, Robin Cook strives to write about issues at the forefront of current medical practice. To date, he has explored issues such as organ donation, genetic engineering, in vitro fertilization, research funding, managed care, drug research, and organ transplantation. In Shock, Cook reaches the crossroads of medical technology and ethics by uncovering secrets of a fertility clinic.

        Cook says he chose to write thrillers because the form gives him "an opportunity to get the public interested in things about medicine they didn't seem to know about. I believe my books are actually teaching people."

        Coma was made into a successful feature film, and Cook's novels have also been made into television productions. 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; and in February 1996 NBC-TV aired Robin Cook's Terminal. In addition to 1997's Robin Cook's Invasion, NBC-TV has two other Cook novels in production.

        Robin Cook is a graduate of Columbia University Medical School and finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He divides his time between homes in Boston and Florida.

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Devastated by the news that her beloved granmother has died after hip surgery in New Delhi, UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez flies to India, desperate for answers. Jennifer’s grandmother appears to be a victim of medical tourism—uninsured first-world citizens traveling to third-world countries for more affordable surgery. With revelations of other unexplained deaths and pressure from Indian hospital officials for a hasty cremation, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery.
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        ) stumbles in this formulaic thriller about the timely subject of medical tourism, the trend in which U.S. citizens seek to save costs on expensive surgery through treatment overseas. At the center of the drama is Jennifer Hernandez, a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, whose grandmother has died in a New Delhi hospital following hip replacement surgery. Suspicious about the circumstances, Hernandez immediately flies to India to investigate. There she not only discovers a number of similar deaths of U.S. citizens but also runs into the one-two punch of a desperate Indian medical industry struggling to block all publicity about the deaths and a huge American HMO that wants nothing more than the widest exposure of the apparent medical missteps in the Third World. Implausible plot twists, unconvincing villains, silly dialogue and a convenient, all-too-happy ending make this one of Cook's rare weak efforts.

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        When her beloved grandmother suddenly dies after routine hip surgery in India, UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez interrupts her studies and flies to New Delhi to claim the body. Arriving at the ultra-modern Queen Victoria Hospital, Jennifer notices problems with her grandmother's case that worry her. When a second, and then a third, sudden death of an American "medical tourist" occur over the next two days, Jennifer becomes suspicious. She turns for help to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery, who leaves immediately for India, accompanied by husband and fellow medical examiner Jack Stapleton. (Both characters appeared previously in the author's "Chromosome 6" and "Vector".) What the trio discovers is a vast conspiracy to undermine India's growing medical tourism industry by an American health-care firm willing to resort to blackmail, kidnapping, and murder. Cook's 27th medical thriller includes his standard brew of interesting characters, plenty of medical background, a fast pace, and increasingly unbelievable events. Fans willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy the ride. Recommended for popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, "LJ" 4/1/08.]A.J. Wright, Anesthesiology Lib., Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

        Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Medical-thriller writer Cook has made a tidy sum scaring the bejesus out of his readers with medical catastrophes ranging from Coma (1977) to Seizure (2003). His latest homes in onthe phenomenon of medical tourism, a new trend that sees many U.S. citizens traveling to foreignhospitals to obtain low-cost surgical procedures, often spending their recovery time in five-star resorts. Unfortunately for the three victims here, its not a five-star resort but a cafeteria freezer that is their resting place after three routine surgeries done in New Delhi, India, produce fatal results. One of the victims is the grandmother of Jennifer Hernandez, a UCLA medical studentwho is resisting pressure to have herrelative cremated. The fact that her grandmothers death was publicized on CNN before the hospital even contacted thefamily has made Jennifer suspicious. She turns to forensic experts Drs. Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton (last seen in Critical, 2007), who quickly determine the best way to bypass Indias corrupt police force, perform an illegal autopsy, and figurewho has the prime motive forsabotaging Indias burgeoning medical-tourism industry. Cooks clever concept is undermined by thewooden characters, but what is most in need of resuscitation here is the painfully awkward dialogue. Still, this is an easy read that offers good background detail on India in addition to the medicaldrama and should appealto the authors many fans.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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Devastated by the news that her beloved granmother has died after hip surgery in New Delhi, UCLA medical student Jennifer Hernandez flies to India, desperate for answers. Jennifer’s grandmother appears to be a victim of medical tourism—uninsured first-world citizens traveling to third-world countries for more affordable surgery. With revelations of other unexplained deaths and pressure from Indian hospital officials for a hasty cremation, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery.
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