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Cure (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery #10)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,231 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
With her son's illness in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work-and finds her first case back to be a dangerous puzzle of the highest order, involving organized crime and two start- up biotech companies caught in a zero-sum game...
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Published August 1st 2010 by Berkley Books (first published 2010)
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Jatasya
May 30, 2013 Jatasya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Medical Thriller fance
Shelves: 2013, thriller
I'm a little disappointed that this is going to be my first ever review on GodReads. When I first began Cure by Robin Cook I was incredibly eager.
As usual the blurb gave away very little of the actual plot, making the storyline seem artificial and overused. The first few chapters of this novel were quite a hassel to get through. I felt as if there were so many characters and points that were being brought forward; almost too fast for me to keep up. In particular, the Japanese names of character
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Sandie
The first six chapters of Robin Cook’s latest offering CURE were a real chore to get through but I thought I would stick with it and finish the book because I had enjoyed some of the author’s earlier works. That decision turned out to be a glaring error on my part. Between the unpronounceable names of the Japanese characters, the interaction between the two competing Japanese mobs plus the involvement of the American mafia who, it appears, all launder their ill-gotten money by investing in up an ...more
Emily S.
Mar 01, 2015 Emily S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I've been a big fan of Robin Cook since I discovered his books about 15 years ago. As I continue reading, I'm having a harder and harder time with him. It's not that his books are boring, by any means. It's that they're so bogged down in unnecessary details and medical jargon that they're almost textbook-like. They're so predictable that it takes all the fun out of the read.

The characters don't speak in any recognizable syntax and that drives me nuts. Honestly, would you expect a low-level Mafi
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Willow
May 21, 2014 Willow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrible-fiction
The author actually gave this book to my husband after he printed the author's screenplay for the same book. I was excited initially, because I love the film Outbreak and wasn't aware it had been a book first.

Now, I'm not sure if my experience is isolated - that Cook's other books are wonderful - but Cure was anything but. All the characters were wooden, emotionless, and completely lacked development. They were written such that they all spoke in the same voice. Cook's limited vocabulary may ha
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Elyse
Apr 18, 2011 Elyse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-mystery, 2011
SPOILER ALERT!

Always a worry when the names and associations are so convoluted that the book starts with a three-page "Key Players" list, rather than with plot.

While this was generally an enjoyable read, I found the narrative jumps irksome. First it's about the Japanese and American organized crime counterparts; then it's about a biotech exec; then it's about a medical examiner. Then it's about the police doing a smashing job of resolving a kidnapping; but that plot is sidelined by the introduct
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D.K. Cherian
Jul 25, 2013 D.K. Cherian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery are back in this thrilling novel. I'll admit that even though I love Robin Cook's novels, there tends to be a severe time lag between me reading his novel. Even so, by now, the characters were familiar, including Lou, Vinnie, Paulie & Warren. Having said that, someone new to Robin Cook can still pick up this novel and enjoy the story without having to worry about the backstory of these characters. What you need to know about them is told to you, unfold ...more
Rohan Kamath
It was my first book of Robin cook. It started of beautifully elaborating on the patent business of pluripotent stem cells along with the details of the Japanese crime organization called Yakuza. The portrayal of Laurie Montgomery as a forsenic expert was adept and her dubious state of mind was beautifully articulated managing both her work and her longing to be with her son.
The book gains momentum when Satoshi Machita gets murdered and the case is handed to Laurie who expertly detects that some
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Bob
Jun 20, 2016 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work after the birth of her son with trepidation but determined to get back into the job. Her first case is looking like a natural cause death of an unidentified oriental man in the subway station. Laurie has some doubts and decides to dig further. Meanwhile a collaboration between a Japanese Yakuza gang and a NY Mafia gang in collusion with a startup biomedical firm for which they have been providing funds a afraid that if the dead bod ...more
Coffee Bean
May 16, 2011 Coffee Bean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of medical thriller
Shelves: ebooks, medical
I am a great fan of Robin Cook and this may bias my review. I started reading his books in my late teens and have practically grown up with his medical thrillers> I am a close follower of the lives of Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton (forensic pathologists) and Lou Saldanho (their detective friend). Its as if they exist in a parallel universe. Many people have criticized Robin Cook for taking up one hotspot issue and weaving a story around it. Many have also said that he is anti governmen ...more
Shane
Jul 06, 2012 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Coma" was the first Robin Cook book I read when I was in my pre-teens, and I remember being obsessed with that book and rereading it into tatters.

I have read several Robin Cook books since then, none of which were as memorable or riveting as "Coma" As I got older I noticed that Mr. Cook is not really the world's greatest writer of dialogue, and his characters are fairly one dimensional or less than one-dimensional, though he does get bonus points for usually featuring a strong and smart femal
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Kristin
May 02, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Cook's Jack Stapleton/Laurie Montgomery series for a while now, and while this wasn't my favorite, it was still a good read. Early on, I was concerned because it was focusing a lot on the Japanese Mafia and members in both Japan and NYC and their efforts to keep scientific secrets from being stolen by the United States, and I wasn't sure how it would tie in to the Stapleton/Montgomery series. However, as the book went on, I felt the stem cell company and the possibility of the secre ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Apr 03, 2011 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, forensics
This is not my favorite kind of book. I love the forensics and the medical mystery but I do not like anything to do with Mafia or other crime organizations, spies or anything of that sort. First, they are always callously "bumping people off", and second, they are all such unpleasant people who are usually only two dimensional.

Unfortunately, this not only has New York crime organizations, but two rival organizations from Japan. It seems as if the Mafia has turned over a new leaf, at least in Ne
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Julie
Sep 26, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad to say that Cure was another disappointing Robin Cook novel. I think I will stop reading them because the newer ones are tainting the positive memories I have of reading many of his earlier novels. Among my complaints about this one:
1) There really isn't a plot
2) The dialogue is beyond atrocious. There's no way the dialogue in his earlier novels could have been this awful.
3) Is it necessary to remind readers a) that Laurie and Lou used to date or b) that Laurie doesn't like Jack riding h
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Rose Marcie
I couldn't believe Robin Cook's books have fallen this low, unless I didn't realize that issues existed in his writing when I first used to read his books. I saw a straight out editing error, unrealistic characterization (Jack is considering playing basketball to take his mind off his kidnapped son + at times, Laurie is embarrassed for missing something which led to her son's kidnapping instead of feeling downright terrified), head hopping, though I felt this was done in a way that wasn't disrup ...more
Tom Mueller
Robin Cook has been one of my favorites for more than 30 years, since The Year of the Intern.
I placed a request on his newest work at our wonderful library. I promptly devoured the book within a couple of days, becoming rivited - as usual - by Cook's wonderful character development and engaging plots. This one had several sub-plots going on simultaneously, all well developed and presented in a clear way. I can imagine Dr. Laurie Montgomery, Jack and Detective Lou being made into a TV series, muc
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Chad
Sep 08, 2011 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first novel by Robin Cook, and I was pretty well impressed. I don't read much of the medical thriller genre, so I didn't know what to expect. But the characters, settings, and actions were all very fully realized. This one was structured differently than most novels I've read, and the suspense is mostly weighted towards the end of the book. But there was enough interest spread throughout to make it a good read. The only thing that stuck out to me was that Cook has a weird impression ...more
Wayland Smith
Robin Cook has a definite pattern to his work. He comes up with an interesting idea for a medical-themed thriller, gives it a few plot twists and sets off to work. His main characters are crusader types, usually highly intelligent professionals related to the medical field, sometimes technology, sometimes both.

His dialogue remains his weakest point. Everyone talks exactly the same in perfectly proper English, from coroners to street basketball players to gangsters. You could never tell who was
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Tom Tischler
Feb 16, 2014 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With her infant sons neuroblastoma in complete remission famed
medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery decides to return to
work after two years of medical leave. She takes a routine case
to ease herself back into the job. An unidentified Japanese male
who died of what appears to be natural causes. After hours of
intense investigation Laurie suspects that this case is a lot
more devious than it appears. When Dr. Ben Corey CEO of a
promising start up company called iPS USALLC discovers that he
can mak
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Yolande
Feb 12, 2015 Yolande rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any of Robin Cook's books previously, and whilst waiting (impatiently) for one of my favourite author's books to come in at the library (which is getting a workout whilst I'm moving into a new place and haven't unpacked yet!), I thought I would give him a try. I can't say I'm disappointed, because I didn't really have any high expectations....completely underwhelmed, on the other hand? Absolutely. I was (am) left wondering how on earth he became a New York Times bestseller (as boa ...more
Marcos Tavares
Dec 24, 2014 Marcos Tavares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satoshi Machita é um pesquisador da área de genética da universidade de Tóquio, tendo PhD. pela universidade de Harvard, nos Estados Unidos. Contando com a ajuda de Benjamin Corey, fundador e sócio da iPS USA, empresa que trabalha no ramo de patentes de células-tronco pluripotentes, ele entrará, junto com sua família, de forma ilegal na América. Porém, poucos dias depois, Satoshi é encontrado morto em uma estação de metrô de Nova York. Aparentemente ele morreu de causas naturais. Mas logo descob ...more
David
Jun 04, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is not so convoluted as some readers have written in their reviews. I feel that the plot and narration could have been better. But it is not a major flaw. I have read Vector by Robin Cook , in which Jack and Laurie were just friends. I have not read any book inbetween in this series. But still the characters are bit familiar. But Jack is pushed back to make room for Laurie. It was a bit reversal of roles compared to Vector.

The story has a Epilogue that touches upon the real theme of th
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Darlene
Aug 14, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Haven't read any by Robin Cook lately, so figured it was time. Really enjoy the Jack and Laurie stories. I must admit, I haven't read them in order. I will say the first part of the story line that took place in Japan, was a little slow to read. Mostly due to the names. I know I didn't pronounce any of them the correct way. But, once into the story, it moved right along, easy to read and made you want to keep reading to find out what happened next. Many new writers coul ...more
Lee
Oct 14, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebook, thriller
The story has a promising beginning with a stem-cell research. Then there is a tedious body part with the detailed account of the "war" of Long Island Mafia and the Japanese Yakuza, and the rivalry between the two Japanese organised crime leaders, all interlaced with the minutely detailed account of the affairs of the Office of the Chief Medical examiner. Everyone who is anyone is given a name, American or Japanese, even if the character never appears again. For good measure, the opposing Japane ...more
Matt Gorski
Dec 24, 2011 Matt Gorski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish it.

Normally I like Robin Cooks books. I didn't like his writing about the Japanese or US Mafia's. Those parts just didn't ring true. The ME parts were bogged down in the characters ambivalence about work/family balance.

I wanted to rate this a no-star, but then it looks like I didn't rate it. So, one star is the worst.
Umut
Nov 03, 2015 Umut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bu kitabı nasıl yorumlasam bir türlü karar vermedim. Bi defa yazarın her zaman ki ustalığıyla ( Nöbet ve Kritik isimli kitaplarında bir düşüş vardı gerçi ama bu sefer olmuş) yazılmış şahane bir gerilim. Üç dört koldan ayrı ayrı ilerleyen tek bir hikaye, son sayfaya kadar hikayeye eklenmeye devam eden önemli karakterler. Kısacası süper. Maceranın ana kahramanları, yazarın çoğu romanında başrolde olan Jack Stapleton ve Laure Montgomery -en sonunda- Stapleton
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Christine
Mar 01, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this book. I think it was told from too many viewpoints, and it was hard to get through. I liked his good old medical thrillers, where there wasn't quite so much other stuff going on. I think I'm done with Robin Cook.
Indian Knight
This is the second Robin Cook novel I read. The first one was Sphinx. That was a good one with tight action packed storyline. But this one is highly disappointing. It claims to be a Medical Thriller, and it started like one; but at the mid way the entire focus of the story was shifted from the murder, medical examination, investigation, business rivalry and the story seems to revolve around the kidnapping of the kid. I must say, this story lost its basic focus somewhere in between. The Medical E ...more
Estrella
Jan 05, 2016 Estrella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointment
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Cesáreo Hernández Rodríguez
Este es el primer libro que me leo de Robin Cook, y ha sido una experiencia muy grata. Una novela de suspense bastante notable, me gustaría ponerle 3 estrellas y media como nota pero el sistema no lo permite.

El autor es médico, algo que se nota porque las partes en las que se tratan temas de autopsias o cuestiones ese estilo son muy realistas. El apartado mafioso está bien cuidado, aquí podemos ver las interrelaciones que existen entre las distintas organizaciones criminales, algo que es una bo
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Rain
Jan 25, 2015 Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for Christmas like 4 or 5 years ago and I didn't read it until 1 year ago. I did try to read it a few hours later after taking it out from its gift bag, but then the words didn't make sense to me and there were too many characters for me to follow up with and it's probably because I was a bit too young back then to understand it all. But now since I'm in high school (as I gotten older), I can understand things and the book better. This is the only book I read from this series and ...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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