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Marker (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery #5)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  5,575 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
The master of the medical thriller returns with his latest heart-pounding drama

Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin seems the picture of youthful good health, until he fractures a leg while skating in New York City's Central Park. Nothing life-threatening, yet within twenty-four hours of his surgical treatment he is dead. Next, a thirty-six-year-old mother, Darlene Morgan r
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Published (first published 2005)
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D.K. Cherian
Jul 29, 2013 D.K. Cherian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 13, 2007 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  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
Judie Dooley
Oct 23, 2014 Judie Dooley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Ruetz
Mar 11, 2016 Laura Ruetz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Cook has written another riveting medical mystery thriller. Laurie and Jack are both medical examiners and she discovers a series of deaths that appear related only by the fact that there is no cause of death to be discovered - healthy people are dying post-op and there is no medical cause. This sets the scene for the novel that is part thriller and part mystery and it will pull you in. The changed dynamic between Laurie and Jack is interwoven into the novel, and helps pull things together ...more
Miss Jane
Jan 18, 2009 Miss Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-50
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
Oct 10, 2009 Cardiacnursee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical
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
Linda Hart
Feb 12, 2016 Linda Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great medical thriller with a reasonable extrapolation on the possible future weakness of health insurance if major diseases carry genetic testing markers. I haven't read any Robin Cook mysteries for years and am glad I picked up this page turner. It is #5 in a series, but stands alone. Good characterization and no smut.
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!
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.
James Korsmo
Aug 03, 2011 James Korsmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Humaira Shaikh
Jun 20, 2016 Humaira Shaikh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Yet another outstanding piece of work by Robin Cook!
An incredible amount of research has gone into this book. And everything is explained in detail without the reader getting confused. As I am not a medical student it is written in a way so that everyone can understand.

The book explains about the discovery of the human genomes 3.2 billion base pairs in 2000.
Though the general population of the world did not regard this as a significant event. The author describes it a revelation that:

" gives us
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
Apr 15, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela Prabhu
I've given this novel 3 stars, because the plot was overall a good one. Although, I began to figure things out when I was 3/4th through the novel, hats off to Cook for coming up with such a good plot. I love the technical jargon he throws around. It's highly informative and his writing is very creative.

However, to be honest, the story drags along quite a bit. A lot of already established facts are redundantly used ten pages later. I feel the story could have been summed up in less than 400 page
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Oct 22, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, medical
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
Phyllis Sommers
Jan 17, 2013 Phyllis Sommers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2013 Saara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, reviewed
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
Gail Gonet
Nov 18, 2011 Gail Gonet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2011 Kristensilvermoore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
Dec 19, 2008 melydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Dec 18, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Athul Raj
Jan 06, 2011 Athul Raj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Chromosome 6 portraying the same pair of protagonists, "Marker" is the second book in the Jack and Laurie series I've read (Technically it's the fifth book in the series). This one is more thrilling and much more personal than the other. The crime is bewildering to the characters and the readers alike, though the readers are aware of the identity of the antagonist. It's the motive that baffles us till the end. In addition to the thrills and the medical lectures throughout the book, this on ...more
Dick Edwards
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Ежко Таралежко
Ето че най-накрая приключих с Робин Кук!

Последната му книга бе също толкова изпъстрена с клишета, колкото предните. Компаниите за здравеопазване са лоши. Красивите жени са зли. Няма нищо по-лесно от това да извършиш серия от убийства в частна американска болница. И прочие, и прочие.

Сега, знаейки че съм изчел всичко негово откриваемо в "Читанка" (а и че добрия доктор е в сенилна възраст и надали ще пише още много, един вид) няма как да не кажа откровено - това е един тъжно пропилян талант. В малк
Aug 15, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Sarah Sammis
Aug 17, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
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
May 13, 2008 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 and 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)

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