I enjoy Robin Cook's books, but did not care for this one. There's at least as much courtroom drama in this one as there is medical, so be warned. There are huge plot holes. Someone you think is a bad guy just kind of goes away at the end. Oh, and the end? Rushed and contrived. Big letdown after Marker.
The story circles around a medical malpractice lawsuit and circles and circles and circles. Characters were slow to develop with little empathy to draw me into the story. The basic premise of "concierge medicine" controversy was overshadowed by the overlong and repetitive trial dialogue. There was a surprise twist ending that to me was just "what?". As a side note regarding the actual audiobook - some of my impatience with the story itself may have been with having to change from disc to disc after only 25 minutes, a 12 disc box probably could have been made into a 6 disc book unabridged.
If you like medical mysteries, this book is for you. BUT, with the malpractice involved, it will also appeal to legal mystery fans. A fast paced book that really twists and turns. Intriguing until the very last page.
This is an interesting and detailed story of a malpractice suit against a seemingly conscientious and concerned doctor. The narrative further delves into the current state of medical practice wherein a doctor must often weigh the profitability of his practice against spending adequate time to allow sufficient diagnosis and treatment of patients and the resulting rise of concierge medicine. Additional personal issues of the characters are further explored and there is more action than expected. The plotting of the story seems to evolve slowly and is rich with detail then concludes with a very sudden twist. I believe I would have preferred the abridged version but overall enjoyed the book.
I loved this book! It is the type of book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I could not put the book down. I had to keep reading it. When I got to the end and found out who the real killer was, I was amazed. I was sure I knew who the killer was, but I was wrong. A really good book!
This book is a series of two Medical Examiner's in New York that alway seem to get into some sort of trouble as they solve the most unique crimes while still finding time to sort through their private lives.....Can't say more about Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton. Several books are currently available in this series: Vector, Marker, Contagion and chromosone 6 ...Crisis is the latest in the series. You will throughly enjoy them....once you start reading you can't put them down plus you learn so much about the medical field and the scary things that truly go on inside their quiet walls where they don't necessarily want the public to know about.
The story is sort of interesting, but the book doesn't move at the frenetic pace of some of Cook's other stories. It certainly isn't scary or edge-of-your-seat. But it does offer an interesting look into the recently developed idea of "concierge" medicine and the potential pitfalls thereof.
Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical negligence. He's shocked, outraged, and humiliated--especially now that he has landed his dream job and is able to help others and earn a fabulous income without compromise. His idyllic situation comes to grinding halt, and the situation is about to get much worse as he becomes the fall guy for his employer, an incredible conceirge medical practice.
Typical Robin Cook: plasticene prose, stilted dialogue, and a riveting medical mystery. Cook's writing will challenge nearly every vocabulary, causing even a voracious reader and writer like me to run to the dictionary on more than one occasion. I'm also pretty sure that Cook has never had a conversation with an actual person. Real people just don't talk like his characters do. The one saving grace, and the only reason I keep reading Cook's books, is that his plots are always interesting and the themes timely in terms of the issues facing the medical profession. Clearly he knows what he's talking about. The challenge, often, is trying to figure it out.
Susan A. reviewed Crisis (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, Bk 6) on
This book was a little slow getting started and a bit confusing as most of the focus is on a trial.
The ending is completely unexpected, although my guess was off but in the right direction.
I listen while driving to and from work and this was a good book.