Normally, I like Robin Cook and certainly, this was mildly entertaining. The set up for this was extremely complicated with 4 different groups of bad guys 2 syndicates in US and 2 syndicates in Japan plus the greedy doctor. The protagonist, the coroner, is thwarted in her attempt to solve the crime. I think that it was reaching to make her the object of criminals attempt to stop the investigation. Okay for a quick read but not Cook's best mystery.