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Foreign Body

Format:  Paperback,

507 pages

Edition: Berkley Premium

Publisher: Berkley Pub Group

Publish Date: Jul 2009

ISBN-13: 9780425228951

ISBN-10: 0425228959

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In this chilling new novel from the one and only Robin Cook, New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton rush to India to help a UCLA student investigating medical tourism-and a sinister global conspiracy.


Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
Publish Date: Jul 2009
ISBN-13: 9780425228951
ISBN-10: 0425228959
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 507
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.5 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Cook, Robin

Robin (Robert William Arthur) Cook, the master of the medical thriller novel, was born to Edgar Lee Cook, a commercial artist and businessman, and Audrey (Koons). Cook on May 4, 1940, in New York City. Cook spent his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey, and decided to become a doctor after seeing a football injury at his high school. He earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1962, his M.D. from Columbia University in 1966, and completed postgraduate training at Harvard before joining the U.S. Navy. Cook began his first novel, The Year of the Intern, while serving on a submarine, basing it on his experiences as a surgical resident.

In 1979, Cook we'd Barbara Ellen Mougin, on whom the character Denise Sanger in Brain is based. When Year of the Intern did not do particularly well, Cook began an extensive study of other books in the genre to see what made a bestseller. He decided to focus on suspenseful medical mysteries, mixing intricately plotted murder and intrigue with medical technology, as a way to bring controversial ethical and social issues affecting the medical profession to the attention of the general public.

His subjects include organ transplants, genetic engineering, experimentation with fetal tissue, cancer research and treatment, and deadly viruses. Cook put this format to work very successfully in his next books, Coma and Sphinx, which not only became bestsellers, but were eventually adapted for film. Three others, Terminal, Mortal Fear, and Virus, and Cook's first science- fiction work, Invasion, have been television movies.


Review by Library Journal (2008-04-01)

When medical student Jennifer Hernandez discovers that the grandmother who raised her has died in New Delhi, where she had gone in search of an affordable hip replacement, she's on to the next plane to investigate.

Review by Library Journal (2008-11-15)

Cook, well known for his New York Times best-selling medical thrillers, does not disappoint in this latest effort set in New Delhi, India, and Santa Monica, CA. The machinations and details involving medical tourism truly make this title riveting, at times even frightening, and the narration by Obie and Audie Award winner George Guidall is a pleasure to listen to, as he effectively distinguishes among the numerous characters and accents. (Guidall also narrates Faye Kellerman's The Mercedes Coffin, p. 40.) Best suited to public libraries with fiction and mystery collections, especially those having previous Cook titles.

- Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2008-08-01)

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

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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