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Robin Cook
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June 26 2007
When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing twenty-four-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimbursements from insurance companies.But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon-and gets much, much worse.

Enter Dr. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in New York City and Bowman's brother-in-law: Jack's sister Alexis-now Craig's estranged wife-tearfully begs for his help as her husband's trial drags on. Jack agrees to travel to Boston to offer his forensic services and expert witness experience to Craig's beleaguered defense attorney. But when Jack's irreverent suggestion to exhume the corpse to disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora's box of trouble. As Craig Bowman's life and career are put on the line, Jack is on the verge of making a most unwelcome discovery of tremendous legal and medical significance-and there are people who will do anything to keep him from learning the truth.

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Bestseller Cook's latest medical thriller focuses on a timely topic—the new and controversial "concierge" medicine that caters to the affluent willing and able to pay for special attention. When Patience Stanhope, a hypochondriac patient of Boston physician Craig Bowman, dies of a heart attack, her husband sues Bowman for malpractice. The suit alleges that the delay caused by Bowman's paying a house call instead of ordering Patience immediately to the hospital was fatal. After the trial gets off to a rocky start for Bowman, his wife calls in her brother, Dr. Jack Stapleton, a New York City medical examiner, who has appeared in Marker (2005) and other Cook novels. Some anomalies in the medical evidence lead Stapleton, who's worried about getting back to New York in time for his wedding, to attempt a rush autopsy of the dead woman. The choice to reveal early on that Bowman and Stapleton will become bitter enemies lessens the suspense, while at the climax Stapleton's failure to realize he can take a train or bus after he's missed the last shuttle back to New York will annoy some. Still, most readers should enjoy the ride. (July)
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Medical-thriller writer Cook's latest page-turner is played out more in the courtroom than in the hospital. Dr. Craig Bowman is irritated when problem-patient Patience Stanhope calls him on what he assumes is yet another false alarm. But Craig makes a house call and discovers Patience near death. He rushes her to the hospital but not in time to save her, and the result is a malpractice suit that could cost Craig his livelihood. Alexis, the wife Craig recently reunited with, calls her brother, New York City medical examiner Jack Stapleton (last seen in Marker, 2005), and asks him to come to Boston for advice. Jack, who is less than a week away from his wedding to fellow ME Laurie Montgomery, agrees, despite the fact that he's never liked Craig. But when he travels to Boston and starts to attend Craig's trial, Jack worries that the case is being railroaded by the plaintiff's sleazy lawyer. When Jack performs the autopsy, the results are shocking. Kristine Huntley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of a malpractice lawsuit! Oct. 21 2007
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Though I am not a fan of Robin Cook's fast-paced, suspenseful medical thrillers, I decided to give his latest a try, and was not disappointed. The story covers the intricate details of medical malpractice/wrongful death suit brought by the estate of Patience Stanhope against Dr. Craig Bowman, an internist and concierge doctor in the Boston area. There are plenty of conceivable twists and turns in the plot as Dr. Bowman fights to save his professional reputation. Everything seems stacked against him until a medical expert appears on the scene. Halfway through the book, a Dr. Jack Stapleton, a prominent New York City medical examiner and Craig's brother-in-law, starts his own investigation of the circumstances surrounding Patience's death, and all of a sudden the whole direction of the story changes. In typical Cook style, the novel is loaded with medical terminology and legal jargon, all effectively used to describe the unfolding search for clues and evidence. The actions and motives of the main characters like Bowman and Stapleton, on the whole, are well developed and plausible. I had no problems initially understanding why Bowman was under a lot of pressure after he was served with court papers. At this point, the reader might be very sympathetic to his plight. What surprised me was that Bowman has another side to his life that the author gradually and cleverly exposes through the actions of someone who is wants to help him clear his name. What starts out as a civil action eventually becomes a criminal matter. Cook has produced a great page-turner with a superbly managed plotline. A long the way, he raises some ethical issues concerning the operation of concierge style medicine for the wealthy.
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The book starts off a bit slowly as Craig Bowman, a doctor with excellent clinical skills but poor bedside manner, loses a patient in his concierge medicine practice and gets sued. Dr. Bowman is accustomed to success and accolades and unravels under the implications of the lawsuit. He moves back in with his wife Alexis whose brother, Jack, is a medical examiner in New York. When Jack enters the story, the suspense and interest accelerate considerably. In a thriller/mystery such as this, not everything is as it seems to be as Jack digs through the layers to find out the truth. The book is a bit wordy but otherwise engaging. The courtroom scenes are especially well-done. The Griffon Trilogy: Part I
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read Not to Be Entertained, But to Learn Dec 14 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There’s a lot to admire about the author. He started writing novels as a way of bringing medical issues into the public eye, and he still does that today. This 2006 novel introduces readers (well, I’d never heard of it before) to concierge medicine, which…well, read the book, and that should explain it. But this novel is more medico-legal than the author’s previous medical thrillers. I’m fascinated with all the medical issues the author explores, but purely as a reader I have trouble enjoying the characters and the writing. Though Dr Latasha Wylie is a gem. So I don’t read these novels for entertainment: I read to learn, and I’m very grateful to Dr Robin Cook for that.
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