- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (August 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399156623
- ISBN-13: 978-0399156625
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cook's latest thriller opens not with a microscopic medical event, as so many of his previous novels have, but with theft at a research lab in Kyoto, Japan. The perpetrator is Ben Corey, a doctor and the founder of a company designed to profit from stem cell research, and his crime is stealing away Satoshi Machita, one of Kyoto University's top researchers. But soon after he sneaks Satoshi and his family into the U.S., Satoshi disappears—the target of an attack orchestrated by the Japanese yakuza and the American Mafia. Satoshi's body turns up at the Office of the County Medical Examiner in New York City, where Laurie Montgomery, just returned from maternity leave, is assigned the case. Though there's no identification on the body and he appears to have died of natural causes, Laurie digs deeper, much to the consternation of the killers. When Laurie refuses to back off the case, the Mafia threatens the young son she shares with fellow ME Jack Stapleton. The dialogue is clunky and the mobsters dull, but readers invested in Cook's married ME duo will rapidly turn the pages as danger finds Laurie and Jack once again. --Kristine Huntley
About the Author
Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Boston. His most recent novels include Host, Cell, and Nano. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book opens with an American MD Research startup CEO taking part in a break-in of a Kyoto University Lab. to steal lab books that the University had confiscated from a Japanese researcher, whom had been hired by the American company because he had developed and proven a stem cell process. The problem was that to start his company, the American doctor had to raise money from what turned out to be the New York mafia, allied with the Japanese mafia.
From there the story takes many turns, bringing in finally our favorite corpse-cutters, Drs. Laurie and Jack Stapleton (who have become family to this avid Cook reader), and some of the mafia thugs from the book "Critical". Also appearing in a starring role is Laurie and Jack's 1½ year old son, who is kidnapped in an attempt to discourage Laurie from finding out that the natural death of the Japanese researcher was actually murder, and a mafia hit.
Enter a couple of ex-special forces contractors ("kidnap consultants"), who go to work at whirlwind speed, raiding the mafia boss's house, and getting the kid back safe, and all is well that ends well.
The ending however, is an epilogue that Dr. Cook uses to expound on some of his concerns about how health care is being practiced these days for profit instead of for humanity. While I agree with him, this provides something of anti-climax to an otherwise exciting book - minus one star. Dr. Cook remains still one of my favorite diversions, providing many interesting facts along with the entertainment.
Cook is at his best when applying new-found breakthroughs in medicine to practical effect in urban, research mega-hospitals. For the last 5-6 novels, a lot of the action has taken place in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York, where Dr. Jack and Laurie Montgomery work. They are detectives with dead bodies for clues.
Recycling main characters may save the author time, but I believe it is time for him to break out from the mold. Long-time readers will get annoyed at cookie-cutter descriptions of characters we already know well, such as Detective Lou Saldono of the NYPD. The writing remains brisk, easily read on a longish plane ride or day at the beach.
Aside from a few tidbits about the Yakuza, there is not much to be learned in Cure. The excitement of being at the forefront of medicine seems to have dissipated in Cook's most recent works. I will continue reading, but out of stubborn loyalty rather than an appreciation for any of his latest works.
So far I'm barely into the first chapter and keep putting the book down out of boredom. All I care about are the medical aspects of his novels, and this one is a major disappointment so far.
Organized crime and turf wars aren't my thing and in my opinion they ruin this book
Had I borrowed this book from the library rather than having bought the hardcover, I wouldn't even read any further.
I cannot recommend this book.