Cure (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #10)
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Cure (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #10)

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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 January 1st 2010)
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Jatasya
May 30, 2013 Jatasya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Emily S.
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...more
Elyse
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...more
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
D.K. Cherian
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
Psmith
May 16, 2011 Psmith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of medical thriller
Shelves: ethereal, 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
"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...more
Kristin
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
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...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...more
Chad
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
Tom Tischler
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...more
Willow
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...more
Bouchra Rebiai
Yup, that's right. I just rated a Robin Cook book TWO stars. For the past three or so years, I've been reading his books, specifically the ones in this series, and I've loved most of them, and liked all of them. This one, however, is the exception.

Almost all of his previous books dealt with really interesting medical stuff, ranging from animal-human organ transplants to genetic screening in adults. In Cure, he starts out by talking about the theft of some lab books containing interesting researc...more
Simone
Well, it’s not the BEST book I ever read, but it doesn’t deserve all the negative reviews! Without picking apart the nitty-gritty details as to why, simply put I think the medical-thriller fans just don’t like this series because it’s more mystery and intrigue than CSI.

I’ve read lots of Cook Books (ha!) but I don’t recall anything about any of them. I think it’s been easily about 10 years since reading any of his novels aside from books 8, 9 and 10 in this series.

Foreign Body (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #8) by Robin Cook Intervention (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #9) by Robin Cook Cure (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #10) by Robin Cook

I remember thinking at the...more
Ginny Purvis
This was definitely a "miss" for Robin Cook. I usually like all his books, but he phoned it in on this one. The title, "Cure" makes you think the story will revolve around the cure for some newly discovered or rare disease. Not true, it's sort of a sideline. Yeah, there's this Japanese guy who is working on curing things with stemcells, but the story is really around Laurie Montgomery going back to work (after like 2 years) at the morgue after having her baby and getting her first assignment. Th...more
Ryan Lieske
Since high school I'd been a casual Robin Cook fan, but after FINALLY reading "Coma" a few years ago, and being completely blown away by it, I made up my mind to read all of his books. I'm almost there, and let me tell you, it's been a difficult ride at times. No one is going to ever accuse Cook of writing brilliant literature, but at his best he knows how to concoct a good, taut thriller. Yes, he overdoes it on the medical jargon, but I'll be honest, that's part of why I like him. I just accept...more
Maria
Já não lia Robin Cook há algum tempo e estava curiosa com este novo livro do autor. Talvez por a expectativa ser muito alta este não foi dos livros que mais gostei. Um pouco confuso inicialmente, devido aos muitos nomes dos personagens japoneses, vi-me um pouco baralhada e foi difícil para mim entrar na história. Mas depois do enredo começar a fluir nunca mais consegui parar de ler. Como é habitual, Robin Cook transporta-nos para cenários de thriller médico, onde as personagens de Laurie Montgom...more
Glenajo
In Cure, the plot centers on the current medical topic of stem cells, the theory that they may cure every know ailment, and the highly profitable potential of such discoveries. After a mid-life crisis, in the name of greed, a doctor attempts to corner the market on promising research. Due to a lack of capital, he uses New York based mob connections to fund his new company, there by setting himself up for disaster. Through those mob connections, he has a Japanese man, Satoshi Machita, and his fam...more
Laurel
I was about halfway through this medical thriller when I realized I had read it before, but it wasn't checked off on my Goodreads competed book list. I rarely reread books, unless they are special favourites. Having completed this book, I realize why I didn't remember it. It has a disjointed plot involving several separate groups: a husband and wife team of medical examiners, a police detective, some Japanese and American underworld heavies, and some scientific types interested in making a bundl...more
Sara
What a bummer. I read reviews of this book while waiting for my copy to become available at the library. I was disappointed that so many had tanked it as "predictable," "formulaic," and "incredibly unrealistic". I was hopeful that our tastes were simply different. Nope. The Robin Cook "Jack and Laurie Curse" strikes again. It seems as though every other book in the Jack and Laurie series is exciting, fast paced and set somewhere truly intriguing and that was certainly the case with "Intervention...more
Helena Nguyen
Robin Cook's Cure is a medical thriller that twists with a handful of some of Japan's well known mafias.

Laurie Montgomery,a medical examiner from NYC, gets entangled in between a gang rival with the Long Island Mafia family, Vaccarro Crime Family, the Yamaguchi-Gumi, Yakuza and Aizukotetsu-Kai. It all starts with Ben Corey (CEO and found of the iPS USA LLC), who helped a Japanese researcher, Satoshi Machita, that held the lab journals. Ben was helping Satoshi get his family into the USA and when...more
Kshitij Amar
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Julie
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...more
Amynor
With the Nobel Peace prize for medicine going to Shinya Yamanaka for making induced pluripotent stemcells (iPS) - this book seemed timely. The information was very interesting about Yakuza and the American mafia, about the cells themselves. But all that was covered in about 2 pages somewhere.

There is no mystery or motivation to plod through the book - there are a bunch of useless mafia characters who are introduced and their relationships expanded on - and then abandoned. The important murder h...more
Cherie
I picked this book to read becuse I have enjoyed Robin Cook's medical mysteries in the past. I thought that CURE was more of a "crime mystery" than a medical mystery. Yes it was about stem cells and lots of stuff that I really didn't understand, but unlike his other books which told about people who either benefitted or were hurt by the "medical disovery or procedure" that the book was written about, this one only dealt with the crime of stealing medical, or intellectual properties. It seemed to...more
Richard
Sep 13, 2010 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review.
The return of Doctors Laurie Montgomery and jack Stapleton, the married NYC medical examiners is welcome, although this complex tale is not the best vehicle for them.

Mixing New York's Mafia gangsters with the Japanese Yakuza and stem cell research, you know the body count will be high.

While the story is interesting and the setting familiar, the characters are wooden and the dialogue not believable. The mobsters sound like English professors rather than Tony Soprano. In fact nobody sounds right.

I...more
Marie
I enjoyed this book but it had a very abrupt ending. Too many loose ends. Cook had gone into great detail about the gangs and their rules and logistics but the end of the book they seemed to have disappeared and the mob took over. Also the massacred family seemed to be a loose end that was no longer important. Also I get tired of everyone coming after the protagonist.
Marsha
Using a stew of the good and the bad in today's economic and intellectual ownership of cutting edge biological tools, Robin Cook creates an all too familiar story of what humans and human organizations will do to establish their supremacy (read $$$$).

When an unidentified Japanese man is brought into the morgue having no apparent cause of death, Dr. Laurie Montgomery pulls out every possible trace ingredient until it is identified and accounted for. A seemingly natural death becomes a murder wit...more
Matt Coffron
Robin Cook certainly has an interesting writing style. Unfortunately this book feels like his publisher was rushing him to wrap it up. The culmination of the book is actually just the resolution of a problem that crops up in the last few chapters of the book and the story as a whole is left to be addressed (poorly) in the epilogue.

On the other hand, one might argue that Cook is so concerned for the characters that he has developed over the years that he is more concerned with how things affect...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...more
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