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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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780425166611
ISBN-10: 0425166619
Publication Date: 2/1/1999
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 179 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
SunnyBrook avatar reviewed Toxin on + 147 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A gripping novel about bacterial poisioning.
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You may never eat beef after reading this one. Very informative and also fast moving.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good story.... makes you think twice before biting into that next fast food burger.....
StealthBunny avatar reviewed Toxin on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Medical thriller about the dangers of the American meat industry and bacterial contamination such as E. coli. This thriller hits such a controversial issue head-on with a no-holds-barred approach. A good, scary read
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This books promised to be a good one from the start. It is not one of his better efforts but it was an interesting read. I will say that since I read the book I think twice when I eat hamburger.
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This book is great, but definitely not for those of you who get nauseated by slaughterhouse descriptions. Given the recent meat recalls, I'd highly recommend this book to everyone, it's a fantastic fiction (that could really happen) novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat...and really make you re-consider eating that hamburger!!! It kind of reminds me a bit of "the jungle" only more exciting, and more relevant to today's society. The basic plot: Doctor takes daughter for hamburger, Daughter gets E-Coli and dies: doctor goes undercover at meat plant that manufactured the frozen hamburger patties and discovers the disgusting conditions and use of downer cows: Doctor's life is threatened by the owner of the packing facility and goes on the run, all while trying to expose the company. Really, it is truly fascinating! I highly recommend it.
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A gripping novel of bacterial poisoning and corporate malevolence, from the deal on medical thrillers.
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Really enjoyed this book, although it is very graphic and makes one seriously consider turning vegetarian!
1buriedinbooks avatar reviewed Toxin on + 4 more book reviews
I liked this story by Robin Cook. It was different from most of his books. It is quite disgusting and frightening to read about the beef industry. It makes me want to become a vegetarian.
mysteryreader805 avatar reviewed Toxin on + 11 more book reviews
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?

Still a good read that I'd recommend.