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Robin Cook. Putnam, $26.95 (416p) ISBN 978-0-399-17214-4
Bestseller Cook’s engrossing medical thriller revisits themes from 1977’s Coma. Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at the Mason-Dixon University Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., has her life upended when her lawyer boyfriend, Carl Vandermeer, suffers severe brain damage during a routine orthopedic procedure. Baffled by what went wrong, Lynn and a colleague, Michael Pender, turn detective to find answers. But they only come up with additional questions when they learn that Carl wasn’t the only patient at the hospital to suffer such complications, and they discover more about a state-of-the-art high-tech facility affiliated with Mason-Dixon that houses patients in vegetative states. A prologue alerts the reader to the existence of a conspiracy through the journal entries of another victim of bad medicine, Kate Hurley, who ends up murdered during a “horrific home invasion.” Cook does a good job of making the medicine intelligible, though the ending may strike some as stretching credulity a bit too far. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/10/2015
Release date: 10/20/2015
Genre: Fiction
Compact Disc - 978-1-61176-377-5
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4676-0019-4
Hardcover - 978-1-4104-7618-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 464 pages - 978-0-425-27968-7
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