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Death Benefit is an explosive thriller from New York Times bestselling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.
Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s premier scientist. Their cutting edge research could revolutionize health care; creating replacement organs. Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will not only be given the chance to fulfil her professional ambitions – but also maybe finally all push aside memories of her difficult, abusive childhood.
However, tragedy strikes in the lab. Pia, with the help of infatuated classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.
Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they have found another lodestone in the nation’s multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control the data – and make a killing. And as Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab, matters become increasingly suspicious . . .
In this formulaic medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Coma), Pia Grazdani, a 26-year-old Columbia Medical School student who's overcome a difficult childhood to emerge as a brilliant, beautiful, if still troubled adult, attracts the interest of Nobel Prize winning molecular geneticist Tobias Rothman. Rothman, who has worked with virulent strains of typhoid-causing salmonella, is focusing on a revolutionary program of growing entire organs from stem cells. Meanwhile, greedy Edmund Mathews, the chairman of LifeDeals Inc., is using the company to buy up life insurance policies cheaply based on current actuarial data. Facing devastating financial losses if organ transplants were to become much cheaper, Mathews and his partners scheme to end the threat posed by Rothman's organogenesis work. Grazdani ends up squarely in the villains' crosshairs, but fortunately, smitten fellow Columbia med student George Wilson is there for support. Cook's deft handling of medical science helps lift an otherwise pedestrian plot.