Vital Signs Author:Robin Cook Vital Signs — Robin Cook — Where life begins, terror lurks....Only Robin Cook, acknowledged master of the technomedical thriller, could have written his supremely chilling novel about the passion to create left-and the power to destroy it. — Millions of readers met crusading epidemiologist Marissa Blumenthal in the pages of the bestselling Outbreak... more ». Now Roin Cook brings back his feisty heroine in a gripping new tale, Vital Signs - a roller-coaster ride into the unexpected and the utterly unconsionable.
In the eyes of her envious peers, Marissa has it all: a superb professional reputation, a flourishing pediatrics practice, even a fairytale marriage with the man of her dreams - Robert Buchanan, an entrepreneur involved in health-care administration and research.
But there is one thing Marissa does not have: The child she desperately desires. And when tests confirm that her sealed fallopian tubes have rendered her infertile, her perfect world begins to crumble. Obsessed with becoming pregnant, Marissa barely even notices the disastrous effect her Ide`e fixe is having on her marriage and career.
When a little medical sleuthing points to suspicious origins of her infertility, Marissa boldly challenges the law. Along with Wendy, a new friend with a similar infertility problem, she breaks into a fertility clinic, travels to Australia, a center of in-vitro fertizization, then on to Hong Kong.
The two women's exploration of the brave new world of reproductive technologies takes a shocking turn when Wendy is violenty killed - and Marissa's own life is mysteriously threatened. But personal danger does not deter her, and she allows herself to be drawn into the dark vortex of the baby-making business, where a woman's dearest dream turns slowly, agonizingly to dread....
Timely, top-notch suspense that will grip the reader from the very first page, vital Signs proves onece again the uniques and compelling genius of Rogin Cook.
Dr. Robin Cook, a graduate of the Columbia University Medical School, finished his post-graduate medical training at Harvard. He is currently on leave from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He lives and writes in Florida.« less