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Cure (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery #10)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,794 ratings  ·  263 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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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
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
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

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
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
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
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
May 16, 2011 Shalini 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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Good story, good science, well-researched--which is why I'm enjoying the book even if some of the characters and dialogue are a bit cliche. Centers on a struggle for patent rights over an exciting new induced stem-cell line and involves scientists, entrepreneurs, and mafia, all who want their share of the profits. Murder and corruption bring in the police as well as a determined medical examiner, whose determination to learn the truth puts her and her family in danger.
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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.

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