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Cure by Robin Cook
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Aug 27, 2011

did not like it
Read in August, 2011

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 family moved to New York, while personally stealing Satoshi’s research from a Japanese University and abetting in the murder of a guard. After Satoshi and his family are murdered, ME Laurie Montgomery, a key player in Cook’s other novels, begins the investigation initiating problems with the New York mob.

Though I have read and enjoyed other Robin Cook novels, I enjoyed only a small portion of this one. The list of characters is several pages long, and includes several names in Japanese that prove difficult to recall. Cook includes many pages of the activities of both the New York and Japanese mobs that are expendable, and a rant about the necessity of government to control medicine to prevent corruption in the medical arena. Between the expendable mob pages and the rant, the few pages of decent story were not worth the time necessary to read the rest.

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