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Penguin: Putnam Trade Fall 2018

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By (author): Robin Cook
9780525535331 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Medical Dec 11, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.33 x 9.3 x 1.28 in 400 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the cutting-edge world of gene-modification in this pulse-pounding new medical thriller.

When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses suddenly on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemic. Fearful of a repeat on the one hundredth anniversary of the nightmarish contagion, Jack autopsies the woman within hours of her demise and discovers some striking anomalies: first, that she has had a heart transplant, and second, that, against all odds, her DNA matches that of the transplanted heart.

Although the facts don’t add up to influenza, Jack must race against the clock to identify the woman and determine what kind of virus could wreak such havoc—a task made more urgent when two other victims succumb to a similar rapid death. But nothing makes sense until his investigation leads him into the fascinating realm of CRISPR/CAS9, a gene-editing biotechnology that’s captured the imagination of the medical community…and the attention of its most unethical members. Drawn into the dark underbelly of the organ transplant market, Jack will come face-to-face with a megalomaniacal businessman willing to risk human lives in order to conquer a lucrative new frontier in medicine—and if Jack’s not careful, the next life lost might be his own.

Story Locale: New York City

TIMELY AND TOPICAL: Robin Cook’s ability to seize on hot-button topics—such as emerging medical technology and the unknowns that come with reform—makes each new book fresh, timely, and irresistible. The market for medical thrillers is huge with the enormous followings of shows like “Bones” and “CSI” and writers like Tess Gerritsen, Jeffrey Deaver, and Patricia Cornwell. Cook’s ability to find the biggest trending topic is part of his genius and makes his books compelling.

NEWEST TECHNOLOGY: This particular book focuses on CRISPER/CAS9, the newest gene editing biotechnology, which allows genes to be removed and/or replaced in living cells with truly amazing precision and reliability.

AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL MEDICAL THRILLER: COMA was perhaps the first medical thriller, and year after year, Cook delivers the chills with ripped-from-the-headlines plots.

Dr. Robin Cook is the author of more than thirty previous books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his wildly successful novel Coma. He divides his time between Boston and Florida. His most recent bestsellers include Charlatans, Host, Cell, and Death Benefit.

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“Cook has been cranking out best-selling medical thrillers since the mid-1970s, and he long ago worked out a formula that works for his fans. [Charlatans] is no exception, proving once again that there is comfort and entertainment to be found in the familiar.” —Booklist

“Tantalizing.”—Publishers Weekly

“Where Cook shines is in illuminating that combination of impersonal professionalism and potential terror haunting every hospital corridor. A return to form for the master of medical malevolence.”—Kirkus Reviews

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