Book Reviews of Marker

Marker
Marker
Author: Robin Cook
ISBN-13: 9780399152931
ISBN-10: 0399152938
Publication Date: 5/24/2005
Pages: 406
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 141 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The bestselling physician/author is in top form as he revisits the love/hate relationship between New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and her lover, Jack Stapleton (last seen in 1999's Vector) in this gripping medical chiller. Childless and facing her 43rd birthday, Laurie moves out when Jack, still traumatized by the accidental deaths of his wife and children over a decade ago, refuses to talk marriage and babies. They've still got to work together at the office of the chief medical examiner, though, and it's there that Laurie's charged with autopsying the bodies of two people who died after minor surgeries at the same Manhattan hospital. As similar deaths mount up, Laurie struggles to convince Jack et al. that something's fishy. (Early on, a shadow plot introduces homicidal hospital employee Jasmine Rakoczi and Mr. Bob, the mastermind of a sinister but undefined plot to "sanction" selected patients using an undetectable medical agent.) Laurie's superiors forbid her to discuss her suspicions with anyone outside the OCME, but she disobeys these orders when she meets the dreamboat chief of medicine at the hospital in question and successfully engages his interest in her theory that a serial killer is on the loose. The body count climbs as another hospital is involved and political pressure mounts to suppress information. True love runs a rocky course, and the plot thickens before the denouement crackles to an electric edge-of-the-seat finale. Agent, Lynn Nesbit. (May)
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FROM OUR EDITORS
A 28-year-old man with a minor leg fracture, a 36-year-old mother with a torn knee ligament...just hours after their routine surgeries, these healthy young people are dead, victims of a deviously clever serial killer. New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton pursue the investigations despite the skepticism of superiors, who are not eager to attract headlines -- or lawsuits. Robin Cook's 25th medical thriller combines cutting-edge science with high-voltage action.
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Very good medical thriller. Robin Cook has a vast knowledge of the medical field, even though he is no longer a practicing physician.
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Oh man this book has forever scared me of hospitals. Such an awesome story.
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Wow! What a page turner. It kept me up all night for several nights and I am afraid to go to the hospital now.
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A Dr. Laurie Montgomery thriller. Young, healthy people are dying after routine surgery. The deaths might be intentional, the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a shocking motive.
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A good read.
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Interesting and thought provoking. Quick read.
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The bestselling physician/author is in top form as he revisits the love/hate relationship between New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and her lover, Jack Stapleton (last seen in 1999's Vector) in this gripping medical chiller. Childless and facing her 43rd birthday, Laurie moves out when Jack, still traumatized by the accidental deaths of his wife and children over a decade ago, refuses to talk marriage and babies. They've still got to work together at the office of the chief medical examiner, though, and it's there that Laurie's charged with autopsying the bodies of two people who died after minor surgeries at the same Manhattan hospital. As similar deaths mount up, Laurie struggles to convince Jack et al. that something's fishy. (Early on, a shadow plot introduces homicidal hospital employee Jasmine Rakoczi and Mr. Bob, the mastermind of a sinister but undefined plot to "sanction" selected patients using an undetectable medical agent.) Laurie's superiors forbid her to discuss her suspicions with anyone outside the OCME, but she disobeys these orders when she meets the dreamboat chief of medicine at the hospital in question and successfully engages his interest in her theory that a serial killer is on the loose. The body count climbs as another hospital is involved and political pressure mounts to suppress information. True love runs a rocky course, and the plot thickens before the denouement crackles to an electric edge-of-the-seat finale.
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This is one of Robin Cook's best. Great characters in scary situations. Fast moving. It was impossible to put down once I got going.
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medical thriller
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This was a great medical thriller.
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AWESOME! Sucks you right in from the beginning!!
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another Robin Cook medical miracle!
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From Our Editors
A 28-year-old man with a minor leg fracture, a 36-year-old mother with a torn knee ligament...just hours after their routine surgeries, these healthy young people are dead, victims of a deviously clever serial killer. New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton pursue the investigations despite the skepticism of superiors, who are not eager to attract headlines -- or lawsuits. Robin Cook's 25th medical thriller combines cutting-edge science with high-voltage action.

From the Publisher
The master of the medical thriller returns with his most heart-pounding tale yet.

From The Critics
Publishers Weekly
The bestselling physician/author is in top form as he revisits the love/hate relationship between New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and her lover, Jack Stapleton (last seen in 1999's Vector) in this gripping medical chiller. Childless and facing her 43rd birthday, Laurie moves out when Jack, still traumatized by the accidental deaths of his wife and children over a decade ago, refuses to talk marriage and babies. They've still got to work together at the office of the chief medical examiner, though, and it's there that Laurie's charged with autopsying the bodies of two people who died after minor surgeries at the same Manhattan hospital. As similar deaths mount up, Laurie struggles to convince Jack et al. that something's fishy. (Early on, a shadow plot introduces homicidal hospital employee Jasmine Rakoczi and Mr. Bob, the mastermind of a sinister but undefined plot to "sanction" selected patients using an undetectable medical agent.) Laurie's superiors forbid her to discuss her suspicions with anyone outside the OCME, but she disobeys these orders when she meets the dreamboat chief of medicine at the hospital in question and successfully engages his interest in her theory that a serial killer is on the loose. The body count climbs as another hospital is involved and political pressure mounts to suppress information. True love runs a rocky course, and the plot thickens before the denouement crackles to an electric edge-of-the-seat finale. Agent, Lynn Nesbit. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business
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As her relationship with Dr. Jack Stapleton begins to unravel, Dr. Laurie Montgomery starts investigating the inexplicable deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery. She disvoers that the deaths might be intentional--the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a shocking motive. And then Laurie is hit with more devasting news: she might be carrying the genetic marker for breast cancer. As the neeed for answers becomes more urgent, Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself. With time winding down, she and Jack must put aside the tensions between them in a race to connect the dots--and save Laurie's life...
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Excellent story by a great writer
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first time for Robin Cook for me great read
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Robin Cook has to be the most knowledgeable medical mystery writer ever. I annoyed my husband staying up past midnight most nights to finish.
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Robin Cook at his best in a non-stop medical thriller.
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Chilling read!
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Gotta love Jack and Laurie!!
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I'm not really thrilled by Robin Cook's style of writing, but it was a fairly good vacation read.
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hard to put down!
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Robin Cook is still writing, which I'm so glad. Remember Coma? This is a great medical thriller with wonderful characters.
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Excellent book.
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Robin Cook does it again. Don't read this book if you're scheduled to spend some time in a hospital.
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This is a good suspense and science book that brings out what could happen if medical costs continue to go up. It was a thought provoking page turner.
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Another great medical thriller from Cook. The scariest part? You can imagine it happening as medical technology evolves and corporations get greedier!
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Another excellent book from my favorite author.
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Great book in the Robin Cook style! Reread it before I let it go! Enjoy!
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Intersting read. The first Robin Cook I'd ever read, and it kept my attention. Not my favorite book by any means, but worth reading for entertainment value.
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One of Robin Cook's best. Suspenseful.
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cook's ususal excellent medical thriller-enjoyed!!
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I read this book in two days!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Robin Cooks best.
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THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT MEDICAL NOVEL BY ROBIN COOK. I ENJOYED THIS AS MUCH AS ALL HIS OTHERS.
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a fabulous page turner.
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Another Robin Cook medical mystery, this time starring the heroes of his Vector novel, medical examiners Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery. The twist this time, and what makes this one of his best, is the introduction of Jazz, one great villainess. If you like Robin Cook, you'll love this one.
I have to add this; it has nothing to do with the book, but only the cover art. Specifically the back cover. All of Cook's most recent novels show a full shot of him on the back cover, usually in some sort of clinical setting wearing a doctor's white coat and stethoschope. On the back cover of Marker, Cook is dressed casually in a sweater and standing in a richly furnished room that might be his house. The great part is that Cook is standing there, feet shoulder width apart and hands on hips, doing his best George Reeves Superman pose. It's hilarious. You simply must check out this book if for no other reason than to see SuperCook in his natural surroundings.
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Great medical mystery
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A reall page turner, I read it in a weekend.
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Another Robin Cook winner.
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As her relationship with Dr. Jack Stapleton begins to unravel, Dr. Laurie Montgomery starts investigating the inexplicable deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery. She discovers that the deaths might be intentional - the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a shocking motive.
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This is another book that focuses on Jack and Laurie, the medical examiners. It was a really good book, I read it in only a couple of days.
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Great read as always!
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I usually don't get into these types of books but this one won me over. I'd recommend it.
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This is a great Robin Cook Book - definitely a page turner.
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I am a Cook addict. This book was no disappointment! Stayed up way to late reading because it was too exciting to put down.
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Great and enthralling read.
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Great mystery!
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Typical Cook novel. Keeps you guessing until the end. A real page turner
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Fast paced and keeps you guessing. Excellent read.
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Master of the Medical Thriller strikes again.
Seemingly heathly young adults start dying....
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Loved this book!! Very quick read - another great Robin Cook medical
thriller!
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Very good Robin Cook medical thiller. Young healthy people undering routine surgery are dying for no reason.
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I liked this book, In this book people check into the hospital and within days or hours they are dead, it features the familair team of characters Dr Jack Stapleton and Dr Laurie Montgomery
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This book was excellent! Robin Cook is writing like he did when he wrote Coma and his early books. A really good, well-written, entertaining suspense. Books like this are why I read so much!
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What can I say, Cook is Cook!
Very unsettling concept, too close to what could happen very soon!
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loved it- Jack and Laurie are my favorite characters!!!
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Yeah! Robin Cook at his best with this story. I love how he takes you on a journey of seeing one puzzle piece at a time, so you can be an 'armchair detective' as the story unfolds, only to be thwarted by the great twists that Cook throws at you. Resolved with a satisfying ending, didn't feel like he rushed to finish the story at all.
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long but a good read
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OK I guess, but not my cup of tea, really.
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Sorry moves along really well and the characters are well written. You know "who done it" from the very beginning but you also don't know who hired the killer. The progression to catching the killer is very suspenseful. I enjoyed it.
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With his signature blend with suspense and science Robin Cook delivers an electifying page-turning as vivid as today's headlines
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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.
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hardback but will accept paperback
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This was one more GOOD book!! I couldn't put it down. Wake up in the middle of the night and have to read a bit before going back to sleep.
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Another great Robin Cook thriller