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The explosive new thriller from New York Times–bestselling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook.

Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina's Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death.
Devastated by Carl's condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon—including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender—to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.
What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Middleton Healthcare, including the Mason-Dixon Medical Center, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine hospital admissions.
When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they're into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.
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The explosive new thriller from New York Times–bestselling author and master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook.

Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at South Carolina's Mason-Dixon University, thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend, Carl, enters the hospital for routine surgery, her neatly ordered life is thrown into total chaos. Carl fails to return to consciousness after the procedure, and an MRI confirms brain death.
Devastated by Carl's condition, Lynn searches for answers. Convinced there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal, Lynn uses all her resources at Mason-Dixon—including her initially reluctant lab partner, Michael Pender—to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.
What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing. Hospitals associated with Middleton Healthcare, including the Mason-Dixon Medical Center, have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine hospital admissions.
When Lynn and Michael begin to receive death threats, they know they're into something bigger than either of them anticipated. They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Middleton Healthcare and their partner, Sidereal Pharmaceuticals, can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.
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  • Dr. Robin Cook is the author of over thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful 1977 novel, Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Cell, Death Benefit, and Cure.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 10, 2015
    Bestseller Cook’s engrossing medical thriller revisits themes from 1977’s Coma. Lynn Peirce, a fourth-year medical student at the Mason-Dixon University Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., has her life upended when her lawyer boyfriend, Carl Vandermeer, suffers severe brain damage during a routine orthopedic procedure. Baffled by what went wrong, Lynn and a colleague, Michael Pender, turn detective to find answers. But they only come up with additional questions when they learn that Carl wasn’t the only patient at the hospital to suffer such complications, and they discover more about a state-of-the-art high-tech facility affiliated with Mason-Dixon that houses patients in vegetative states. A prologue alerts the reader to the existence of a conspiracy through the journal entries of another victim of bad medicine, Kate Hurley, who ends up murdered during a “horrific home invasion.” Cook does a good job of making the medicine intelligible, though the ending may strike some as stretching credulity a bit too far.

  • AudioFile Magazine Two masters of their crafts have produced an engaging, if unexceptional, thriller. Cook, author of dozens of medical thrillers, tells the story of a brilliant and fearless medical student who puzzles through mysterious medical mishaps to uncover a cold-blooded plot. George Guidall's warm baritone brings Cook's characters to life, even when their dialogue is a little forced. As always, Guidall's pacing is excellent, his dialogue voices are distinct, and he conveys suspense without distracting the listener from the plot. In this work, Cook has returned to many of the devices he used in his most famous adventure, COMA (1977). Once again, young, healthy patients are failing to wake up from surgery and being sent to a mysterious facility. Technology has been updated. F.C. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
  • Praise for Cell

    "Rare is the writer who can take us into the fast-paced, miraculous, often bewildering world of modern medicine the way Robin Cook can. Cell is a superbly crafted, full-steam thriller, to be sure, but also...
    Praise for Cell

    "Rare is the writer who can take us into the fast-paced, miraculous, often bewildering world of modern medicine the way Robin Cook can. Cell is a superbly crafted, full-steam thriller, to be sure, but also a vivid lesson in just how momentous are the advances being made in medicine almost by the day—and how highly unsettling are some of the possible consequences."
    —David McCullough, New York Times–bestselling author of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    "Robin Cook has been entertaining medical-thriller fans for decades, but he does much more with his latest novel, Cell...Cook has written a thought-provoking story."
    —Associated Press
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