Cure-Robin Cook

Cure

Robin Cook

Putnam, Aug 10 2010, $26.95

ISBN 9780399156625

Medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are euphoric with the birth of their first offspring.  Following medical leave, Laurie returns to work and her boss assigns to her a routine inquiry in which the preliminary indication is death by natural causes.

However, something feels off kilter to Laurie and she is positive it is not caused by postpartum blues.  She digs a bit deeper and soon realizes the victim has been poisoned.  Her investigation leads to the Mafia and Japanese gangsters competing with money laundering investments in a crooked stem-cell research firm.  When the felons kidnap her son Laurie goes lioness berserker in pursuit.

Cure in an exciting medical thriller due to the diligence of the lead protagonist whose investigation leads to a convergence of the biotechnical and mob industries aimed at her and her loved ones.  The story line is fast-paced from the moment Laurie begins her autopsy and never slows down.  Although resolutions are incredibly too obvious, easy and abrupt, fans will enjoy the latest Montgomery-Stapleton tale (see Foreign Body) as the enemy goes after them by targeting their Achilles’ Heel.

Harriet Klausner

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