Toxin Author:Robin Cook Newly divorced surgeon Dr. Kim Regis is determined to remain a good father to his only son, Selden. On a special night out, Kim takes Seldon to his favorite fast-food restaurant for a feast of burgers and fries. But the good time turns to tragedy: the young boy becomes gravely ill and dies as a result of poisoning by E. coli. bacteria fou... more »nd in the meat. Was Seldon's death a result of shoddy food-handling practices? Or was it a sophisticated case of product tampering -- by a rival fast-foot giant or a disgruntled employee? Or perhaps by someone with a score to settle with Kim? Taking a leave from his surgical practice, Kim devotes his energies to solving the mystery full time. But he immediately hits a brick walls: a code of silence more impenetrable than anything he has ever encountered in his medical career. Instead of a cold-shoulder reception, however, Kim is soon met with a boot and a fist as thugs attempt to quash his inquiry.
Aided by his ex-wife, Kim pursues a trail of deadly evidence, uncovering complicity and guilt stretching from the slaughterhouse floor to the corporate boardroom. Racing against time before more are poisoned, the two come face-to-face with the shocking and elusive truth. And in their life-and-death search for answers, they rediscover the reasons they first fell in love. With trademark pulse-pounding flair, Robin Cook delivers a cutting-edge thriller, borrowing from today's fears and tomorrow's medical technology.« less
A horribly researched, factually inaccurate book. I can't remember ever doing this before, but I quit reading it halfway through and actually threw it in the garbage rather than give it to someone else. Don't waste your time.
A story that deals with E coli in the meat supply and how one doctors efforts to find out how it happened and how to correct it. In the meantime he runs into red tape of the government, and the meat industry.
Very interesting yet frightening subject matter. If everything in the book about the food/beef industry is true, it's a wonder people don't get sick more often.
I felt compassion for the characters in the story, but much of what Dr. Reggis did in attempt to expose the culprits seemed incredible. Who would risk their life and narrowly escape a hitman so many times?