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Marker (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #5)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,730 ratings  ·  208 reviews
The master of the medical thriller returns with his most heart-pounding tale yet.
Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within twenty-four hours of his surgery, he dies.
A thirty-six-year-old mother, Darlene Morgan, has knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in her k
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons (first published 2005)
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D.K. Cherian
Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery are back in another medical thriller. Robin Cook has outdone himself with this story.
The characters were very much real and believeable right down to Jack's jealous streak and passive-aggressive behaviour which almost ruins his relationship with Laurie as her friend. While you don't expect Jack to behave in that manner, especially since he is one of the spotlight cast members of the novel, if you think about it, his reaction was only human and anyone of us
Jun 16, 2007 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I don't have time to read 1- or 2-star books. My ratings start at 3, which means a book has to be at least good enough to finish. Cook's books, including this one, rate a 4 because of their plots. The guy knows how to hammer things together in a way that keeps those pages turning.

I'm pretty loyal to a mystery series, too, once I get to know the characters. Slipping into a world familiar from other books is like finding my old slippers in the closet and putting them on--cozy and comfortable. Thr
Miss Jane
One hundred pages into this I realized that I'd read it last summer. Oops! I finished it again, so I'm counting it in my "50 Books in 2009" list. So there!

This book drove me crazy because I kept wanting to scream JUST GOOGLE IT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. It makes me crazy when characters sit there AT THEIR COMPUTERS thinking "Hmmm, what could MASNP mean?"

Anyway, standard Cook fare here. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Mystery solved by two medical examiners: one who breaks-all-the-rules an
Marker was an exciting book to read... not only was it very medically informative, but it was a bit suspenseful at times also. That's what seems to be standard in Robin Cook's books. My mom even loves reading him, as I pass them down to her and my sister. My mom is of the only patients that I've known that can read Robin Cook in the hospital. Even her doctors made some comments about that... Read him and find out why.. LOVE all of Robin Cook's books. This book touches the importance of the BRCA ...more
Bouchra Rebiai
It's been a long time since I read a Robin Cook book, especially one from this series. From the first book I read - Foreign Body - I've been hooked. The style of writing is interesting, and the stories are intriguing.

I love the two main characters in this series - Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery. Even though I haven't been reading the series in order, with a book or two every few months from a different part of the series, I feel like I know these two inside out. Not reading the series in
Pranay Venkatesh
Just putting it out there, I'm perfectly comfortable with giving this book 4/5, but I'm sticking with around 3-3.5.

Great book. Simple plot, you know, good bye vs. bad guy kind of thing. I really liked the romance between Jack and Laurie. Jack is this simple, yet incredibly smart human being who is very humorous and his feeling of love towards Laurie isn't expressed as a direct - he thought 'I love her so much.' It's expressed in a translucent manner, which I thought was beautiful.

Apart from th
Judie Dooley
I've read some of Robin Cooks books before but I missed this one. "Marker" is a medical mystery-thriller. This was a fast read that made want to keep reading way past my bedtime. This was written in 2005 but it seemed like something that could have happened with medical insurance and hospitals today. Very creepy.
It's the story of of 2 forensic Dr's who are trying to figure out why a number of healthy young people who underwent elective surgery are being brought into the morgue for autopsy. Thes
I read this novel around the time I had decided to enter the medical field and was exploring a lot into this genre. It was my favorite of them all, after My Sister's Keeper. The mystery in the novel combined with the medical drama as well as a dash of romance was the perfect combination. It was also my first Robin Cook novel! And the very first one I suggest to people. =) Enjoy!
Очередной роман серии. На этот раз читала на русском, раз уж перевели.
Я бы сказала, что книга неплохая. Ничего выдающегося, но идеальный для серии. Странные случаи смерти, выглядящие как естественные, но повторяющиеся с завидной регулярностью. Очередной этап в отношениях Лори и Джека. Нормальные злодеи и безумная исполнительница.
Немного бесило глупое поведение главных героев. Почему Лори не пошла сразу к врачу, дотянула, когда пришлось вызывать "скорую". Да и вообще, как предохраняются два супер
This was the first book I read by Robin Cook. The premise was very interesting, but some of the writing was a bit predictable. Overall, though, I did enjoy reading it.
Gail Gonet
This was one of the worst books I've read! It was obviously only published by the strength of the Robin Cook name (it wouldn't have been published if it were by a new author!!) I know he's a famous author, but it was like reading something written by a high-schooler (and they'd probably have done a better job). Two dim-witted doctors (who are in Cook's other books) are so dumb you just want to shake them. The dialogue between the doctors, the cop, and internal dialogue is so lame and doesn't res ...more
Dick Edwards
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James Korsmo
With his latest novel, Cook continues his string of stories about Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery, medical examiners in New York City. In Marker, the mystery begins when Laurie posts two bodies on consecutive days that have no obvious pathology. Both were young and seemingly healthy, the only strange circumstance being they were recovering from routine surgeries at Manhattan General Hospital. Laurie puts these two cases together with a couple other cases that had come in the week before, an ...more
Terrific, suspenseful story -- but mid-book a little bloated...

We're obviously fans of Dr. Robin Cook, having read all two dozen entries in his medical thriller bibliography. Cook has a knack for creating a premise with a hook, then employing a variety of doctors and nurses (et al) to roll out the plot, often with the goal of educating or evangelizing about a current issue along the way. "Marker" is not really a sequel to "Vector", but herein the author reprises the roles of NYC Medical Examiner
Anne Hawn Smith
I thought this was one of Robin Cook's better novels. Laurie Montgomery has done 3 autopsies on young healthy people who have recently had surgery and have died unexplainedly. They seem to have recovered from the surgery with no problem, but some hours later are found dead and the autopsy doesn't reveal anything wrong. Laurie can't seem to get anyone to pay attention to her and especially not Jack Stapleton, who is more concerned with his basketball games with his "homies." When she gets her fou ...more
Dr. Robin Cook has done it again- another medical and suspense thriller added to his list of works that deal on almost any topic like medical malpractices, health insurance anomalies, science of Genomics, Bioinformatics etc. This page-turning medical mystery is a sequel to his other books like the Blindsight, Chromosome 6, and Vector. It’s the return of his famous characters in these three books, Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton, both forensic pathologists at the Office of the Medical Examin ...more
(unabridged audiobook read by George Guidall): Healthy patients are dying mysteriously, and medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are on the case. I liked the plot - I wasn't able to guess the twists ahead of time and I learned a bit about medicine and the medical industry in the process - but some of the language got a little tedious. Perhaps doctors are different, but ordinary people do not regularly use that many four-syllable words per sentence. Cook also has an irritating h ...more
I waffled for a moment between giving this novel 2 and 3 stars. Here's why.

While the story gripped me and, at several points, had me figuratively at the edge of my seat, there were some elements I personally deemed... unnecessary. At times, Cook spends so much time describing events in detail that in hindsight it made me (half-seriously) wonder whether this was written in November. He makes it a point to tell us exactly where things are put by the characters. It kind of made me disappointed that
Henri Moreaux
I am saddened to say this book wasn't the best. I really enjoy Robin Cook's books but Chromosome 6 was far fetched and this one, Marker, was sadly all too predictable. I'm a little worried about where the series is heading.

Also perplexing is the attitude of the Laurie Montgomery character; she previously had basically had an affair whilst she was with Jack Stapleton, but now in this book she puts the screws on jack for essentially marriage and a child, then when the conversation doesn't go her w
Phyllis Sommers
As was the case in "Seizure," "Marker" was a page-turning, riveting read. Unlike its predecessor, however, this novel held together to the very end and was, indeed, a very fulfilling read.

Drs. Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery worked together as medical examiners at the OCME, the main Medical Examiner's Department for the city of New York. They also lived together in a long-standing relationship that, due to Jack's reluctance, was not progressing as Laurie wanted it to. Once Laurie moved out
A master of the page turning medical thriller. This is the ideal book to take on a long flight but maybe not for a short hospital stay. Doctors, Jack and Laurie are having problems in their relationship, her body clock is ticking away and he is commitment phobic. A number of healthy people have died after routine operations in a central Manhattan hospital, Laurie thinks it could be the work of a serial killer, and tries to connect the series of deaths, Jack isn't so sure. The forensic examinatio ...more
I listened to this audiobook and was unimpressed. I knew almost everything that was going to happen before it happened, both in the main characters' personal lives and in terms of the murders being perpetrated and the reason behind these murders. I felt the author revealed too much and gave far too many hints as to what was to come. What did happen in the story was extremely contrived, and I found myself rolling my eyes at certain plot developments. Also, the characters were annoying and unreali ...more
Jean Brandenburg
I've really liked Robin Cook's before. This is my least favorite. the first 200 or so pages got you pretty much no where. The story was good enough, there was just a ton of useless page wasting. instead of 700+ pages, it should have been about 250.
A medical examiner discovers what she thinks is a serial killer in hospitals, very healthy young people are dying shortly after a minor surgery with no complications. The character herself ends up in one of the hospitals where the deaths have occurred
Sarah Sammis
Marker is the last of the Robin Cook books I read for the Medical Mystery Madness challenge. It was also a disappointment, thought not as much as Chromosome 6 and Abduction.

The book suffers from a slow and predictable plot with a ridiculous motivation for the villains behind the mysterious deaths. The cause of the deaths was easy to figure out and frankly better done in a more entertaining fashion in "The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club" (Magnum P. I. season 1, February 18, 1981). Both version
Robin Cook is my favourite author.Myself find an Extra-satisfactory readability in all his books. Because all of them deal with Health, Health Care, Medical Forensic,Medical(Health) Insurance & Corporate greed which do not consider the life of People, who are their clients.

DEATH BENEFIT, his book published in 2011 deals with ORGAN GENESIS & the mystery of murder of a Nobel prize winner Dr.Thobias Rothman and his associate Dr. Yamamotto at the hands of Health Insurance Corporate.

Medical science has cracked the genetic codes of human health issues and few of us realize what an astounding change this will bring to our healthcare regards.
This medical thriller frames itself, in a modern day realistic way, within Americare, a fictional national health insurance provider. Throughout the story, we follow two main characters whose interests are in the medical arena. We see them as professionals,patients and human beings. I liked the characters and found the suspenseful story,
Justin Shaum
Dr.’s Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery work at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).. Laurie is most of the story.. Laurie finds she is positive for the genetic marker BRCA1 (BReast CAncer)... Laurie finds she is pregnant by Dr. Stapleton who uses sarcasm and jokes to steer away from serious issues after burying his wife and two children from an accident.. But Laurie realizes she wants a marriage and children and Jack isn’t coming around to the idea.. This while meanwhile Laurie b ...more
Seems like Robin Cook used to be a lot better- is this because his writing is not as good, or because I am more demanding? Marker is okay- a somewhat interesting premise (healthy and fairly young patients at Manhattan General Hospital are being killed off, but I won't tell you why- that would ruin the book), but I was a bit disappointed with the character development and language. The characters seemed slow to pick up on things. I know an author needs time to develop the plot and reveal informat ...more
Por fin, después de algunos días termine ADN. El libro es realmente bueno, tiene una trama que sin duda te pone a pensar, contiene algunos términos que de no haber cursado ya un año en la Facultad de Medicina no hubiera entendido, aún así no hay nada que una búsqueda con Google no aclare. La pregunta principal que me quedo después de terminar de leerlo fue: ¿Cuáles son las implicaciones tanto buenas como malas que hay en el campo de la genética? Sin duda hay mucho que pensar.
Katie George
I really enjoyed this one. Although the writing isn't that great, the story is absolutely compelling. Even though I've read later books in this series previously, giving me a few spoilers, I still found myself completely wrapped up in the excitement of the story, even becoming extremely worried for the lives and fates of both Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery, as well as their relationship.
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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Other Books in the Series

Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery (10 books)
  • Blindsight (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #1)
  • Contagion (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #2)
  • Chromosome 6 (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #3)
  • Vector (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #4)
  • Crisis (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #6)
  • Critical (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #7)
  • Foreign Body (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #8)
  • Intervention (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #9)
  • Cure (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #10)
Outbreak (Dr. Marissa Blumenthal, #1) Coma Chromosome 6 (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #3) Toxin Contagion (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #2)

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