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)
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.
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.
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.
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.