Crisis Author:Robin Cook When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patient... more »s while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing twenty-four-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimbursements from insurance companies.But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon-and gets much, much worse.
Enter Dr. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in New York City and Bowman's brother-in-law: Jack's sister Alexis-now Craig's estranged wife-tearfully begs for his help as her husband's trial drags on. Jack agrees to travel to Boston to offer his forensic services and expert witness experience to Craig's beleaguered defense attorney. But when Jack's irreverent suggestion to exhume the corpse to disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora's box of trouble. As Craig Bowman's life and career are put on the line, Jack is on the verge of making a most unwelcome discovery of tremendous legal and medical significance-and there are people who will do anything to keep him from learning the truth.« less
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 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.