Critical Author:Robin Cook Angela Dawson, M.D., appears to have it all: at the age of thirty-seven, she owns a fabulous New York City apartment, a stunning seaside house on Nantucket, and enjoys the perks of her prosperous lifestyle. But her climb to the top was rough, marked by a troubled childhood, a failed marriage, and the devastating blow of bankruptcy as a primary-c... more »are internist. Painfully aware of the role of economics in modern life, particularly in the health-care field, Angela returned to school to earn an MBA. Armed with a shiny new degree and blessed with determination, intelligence, and impeccable timing, Angela founded a start-up company, Angels Healthcare, then took it public. With her controlling interest in three busy specialty hospitals in New York City and plans for others in Miami and Los Angeles, Angela's future looked very bright.
Then a surge of drug-resistant staph infections in all three hospitals devastates Angela's carefully constructed world. Not only do the infections result in patient deaths, but the fatalities also cause stock prices to tumble, leaving market analysts wondering if Angela will be able to hold her empire together.
New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are naturally intrigued by the uptick in staph-related post-procedure deaths. Aside from their own professional curiosity, there's a personal stake as well: Laurie and Jack are newly married, and Jack is facing surgery to repair a torn ligament at Angels Orthopedic Hospital. Despite Jack's protests, Laurie can't help investigating ? opening a Pandora's box of corporate intrigue that threatens not just her livelihood, but her life with Jack as well.« less
NY Medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton return. Angela Dawson seems to have it all rebounding from a bankrupt medical practice to being founder and CEO of Angels Healthcare surgical specialty hospitals. Expecting to go public in two weeks, Dawson her business in a cash flow problem due to being forced to close the ORs in all three hospitals due to fatal infections.
Laurie picks up on a uptick of staph infected deaths only in Angel Healthcare hospitals. Jack is scheduled for a knee repair in the Angel Healthcare Orthopedic hospital and Laurie can't convince him of the danger. There is more danger than Laurie could ever dream about.
Another tightly written suspense thriller with good characterizations. Four stars.
I didnt think I was going to like this book at first. It was slow going with lots of medical jargon. I will say, however, that the author made the medical terms easily understandable, so that was a plus. Once the story took off, however, I was eager to continue reading. Toward the end I couldnt put the book down. In essence, for me reading this story was like starting an old car on a cold winter day. You have to let it run a few minutes before you take off, then it gradually picks up speed until it is cruising along at 45 mph. And no matter how much you put the pedal to the metal you cant get it to go any faster. The ending of this book was like that, and I was turning those pages as fast as I could. Kudos to Robin Cook for a suspense thriller that even I enjoyed to the fullest.