With her son's illness in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work-and finds her first case back to be a dangerous puzzle of the highest order, involving organized crime and two start- up biotech companies caught in a zero-sum game...
Organized crime, international espionage, and kidnapping only mildly enliven Cook's methodical ninth medical thriller featuring husband-and-wife medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton (after Intervention). Laurie's first case back in the Manhattan medical examiner's office, after giving birth to the couple's firstborn, John "JJ" Junior, appears to be a routine case of death by natural causes. But Laurie suspects otherwise, and her dogged investigation uncovers a diabolical poisoning and a plot involving the Mafia and rival Japanese gangsters laundering money for a shady start-up firm promoting stem-cell research. To deter Laurie's prying, the thugs snatch JJ, and suddenly the intrigue gets very personal. Cook provides an interesting study of the strange bedfellows that the biotech business and the mob might make, but he telegraphs all his plot twists so far in advance that there's little suspense other than how quickly Laurie will tip to them. Even devoted Cook fans may find that the crimes and subterfuges are resolved too swiftly and perfunctorily.
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Cure is a book that is capturing and adventurous as all other books that Robin Cook has written.
This book is full of intrigue and startling moments. I enjoyed it up until the end when it ended abruptly and in a seeming rush to fill in all the blank spots I would much more preferred the story play out and almost felt cheated at the abrupt ending.
Dr Cook must be getting tired of writing
This was perhaps my least favorite Robin Cook book altho I was able to finish it. It wasn't a page turner and the characters lacked depth. A more apt name might be 'Why Laurie's Baby was Kidnapped by Violent Japanese Mafia.' So sad to read shallow drivel- it's not like Robin Cook to write this way.