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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425250369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425250365
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Master of the medical thriller."
(The New York Times)

About the Author

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of thirty previous books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, COMA. He divides his time between Florida and New Hampshire. His most recent bestsellers are CURE, INTERVENTION, and FOREIGN BODY.


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Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word 'medical' to the thriller genre, and over twenty years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fantasy to produce a over twenty-seven international bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987), Terminal (1993), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997) and Foreign Body (2008).

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Stupid plot, stupid annoying characters.
Stella
And the ending was abrupt, and didn't really close out the story; I don't understand why, as a better, more satisfying ending shouldn't have been too difficult.
madriver
I would say that anyone who rates this book higher than 3 stars has very low expectations.
RFT

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Pia Grazdani, a talented medical student, is working with a prestigious scientist, Dr. Rothman, on stem cell research to create human replacement organs. The research, which will revolutionize treatment of many diseases, is only months away from being completed when a disaster strikes the lab. Dr. Rothman and one of his associates become deathly ill while working in the lab and die within hours. Pia does not believe this is an accident and, with the help of her friend George, begins her own investigation much to the distress of school administrators. A potential murder investigation would not be good for the school.

I liked Pia. She is smart, strong-willed and independent. Orphaned at an early age she was raised in the foster system and learned to depend on herself and no one else. She still suffers from nightmares and cannot allow anyone to get close to her even though her friend George would do anything to help her.

Meanwhile, several ex-Wall street hot-shots think they have hit on the investment idea of the century. They formed a company to buy insurance policies from terminally ill people for pennies on the dollar. The future seems bright until someone begins shorting their stock. As soon as other investors find out about this, their company will be worthless.

Scattered throughout the story are a few chapters with some very unlikeable characters from the Albanian mob. It got a little unbelievable and this element of the plot could have been handled differently and still been effective. To avoid spoilers I'll not say much more other than all three seemingly unconnected storylines come together in the end.

The narration by George Guidall was a pleasure to listen to with a smooth, flowing style.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nobel Prize winner, molecular geneticist Tobias Rothman, who worked with virulent strains of typhoid-causing salmonella, concentrates on organogenesis, growing fully functional entire organs from stem cells. He notices the energy and intelligence of Columbia Medical School student Pia Grazdani so Tobias brings the troubled twenty-six years old onto his team.

Avaricious board chair of LifeDeals Inc. Edmund Mathews uses his firm's assets to buy life insurance policies from the sick and elderly on the cheap. However, if Rothman's work succeeds making organs cheap, Mathews and his partners would go bankrupt and potentially face criminal charges of fraud and embezzlement. An accident at the safe lab shakes up Pia who soon realizes someone caused the lethal incident and wants her dead too. She turns to Columbia medical student George Wilson, who loves her, for safety.

Although an exciting medical thriller, Death Benefits is over the top of Morningside Heights; thus requiring readers to ignore their plausibility measures. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the lab incident occurs and never slows down. Robin Cook shines a fascinating spotlight on the multitrillion dollar insurance commodity market inside an engaging Manhattan tale.

Harriet Klausner
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68 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Ed L. on December 27, 2011
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I have read all of Robin Cooks books to date and havent been disappointed in any of them.
This latest book follows suite.
BUT .. The fact that the kindle edition of this release is $3 more than the paperback version has me confused.
Why pay more for for an e book that obviously costs less to manufacture than its printed version.

I dont know if this is the fault of the author, the publisher or amazon but it has me wondering if my next purchase will be kindle based..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann Welton on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
So sorry to see Robin Cook declining. He used to be the Best!! This is not worth your time - characters not developed, not even likable. Don't waste your time!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RFT on February 5, 2012
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This book has to be one of the most disjointed books Cook has written. I could not determine whether the story was about business, greedy business people, insurance, greed, nuns, Wall Street, medicine, research, Albanian Mafia, viruses, stem cells, deadbeat dads, perverted uncles, organ generation, etc. The people at the OCME, who I like the most, were pretty much ignored. The worst part of the book is the ending. It has more lose ends/incomplete story lines than a porcupine has quills. I would say that anyone who rates this book higher than 3 stars has very low expectations.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on January 9, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of medical thrillers, and normally really enjoy Robin Cook's books. However, I won't be finishing this one. For one thing, the beginning, with all of the Albanian/Russian names, etc. was very hard to follow, and didn't really draw me in. Then when Pia & George are introduced, she just seems cold, and he seems wimpy. If a book doesn't grab me in the first few pages, then it's back to the shelf for it, and on to something more interesting. Here's hoping he'll do better next time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christy T on September 2, 2012
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I was very disappointed in this book. I am surprised it is even a Robin Cook book........ nothing like any of his other works. I usually enjoy the medical thrillers he writes.......because they are believable, written so someone who is NOT in the medical field can understand them, and have great plots to them. Death Benefit doesn't fall into ANY of those categories. The main character is so distracting, and the second character has a high school crush on her, and ugh! On and on the story goes of him chasing her, and her rebuffing him, ad nauseum. I wouldn't recommend this book to Mr Cook's fans....... they will be disappointed.
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