Marker : Jack Stapleton

  • by Robin Cook
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Jack Stapleton
  • 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within 24 hours of his surgery, he dies. A 36-year-old mother, Darlene Morgan, has knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in her knee. And within 24 hours, she has died. New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton are back, in Robin Cook's electrifying 25th novel. Last seen in Vector, the doctors confront a series of puzzling hospital deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery. Despite institutional resistance from her superiors, as well as from those at Manhattan General, Laurie doggedly pursues the investigation. Though it seems impossible to determine why and how the patients are dying, she comes to suspect that not only are the deaths related, they're intentional, suggesting the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a very unusual motive, involving frightening ties to both developing genomic medicine and the economics of modern-day health care. Then Laurie is dealt a double blow: While coping with Jack's inability to commit to their relationship, she discovers she carries a genetic marker for a breast-cancer gene. As her personal life continues to unravel, the need for answers becomes more urgent, especially when Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself. With time winding down, she and Jack race to connect the dots, and save Laurie's life. With his signature blend of suspense and science, Robin Cook delivers an electrifying page-turner as vivid as today's headlines.

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What the Critics Say

"The best-selling physician/author is in top form as he revisits the love/hate relationship between New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and her lover, Jack Stapleton, in this gripping medical chiller." (Publishers Weekly)

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A bit too predictable

As with previous Cook novels, this one is full of well developed characters and has a fast-paced and interesting story line. The only complaint is that the plot was way too predictable and I could see the climax coming during the second or third hour of this 14+ hour audio book. Although there were a few twists and turns along the way, the storyline and ending were predictable enough to leave me feeling generally dissapointed.
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- Martin

So disappointing!

This was my first, and probably my last, Robin Cook novel. I had such high hopes for this book when I purchased it! Unfortunately, multiple factors conspired to make me hate it. The book is about some thirty- and forty-somethings, but the author reads them all as if they were very uptight and much older than stated. I can't tell how much of the problem is the narrator and how much is Mr. Cook's incredibly stuffy dialogue. The book keeps restating parts of the plot as if we have forgotten what happened thirty minutes ago, which I found annoying. I think my biggest issue, though, was the plot and subplots. I am a physician, and as such I have NEVER met forty-something doctors who are as oddly formal and 'official'-sounding as some of these characters. I also found it incredibly hard to believe that the characters involved didn't figure out some of the medical things that went on within their own lives a little quicker. Surely Laurie has done autopsies on women who died of the medical condition she has in this story-- and yet she has no clue?!? Finally, the idea that so many mysterious deaths are occurring at a hospital with a low morbidity rate, and yet the administration is not alarmed, drove me completely nutty. The most interesting part of the plot (a national conspiracy) was given about 2 minutes of time at the end of this overly-long story. By the end of the book I really didn't care what happened to the people involved. Hate to bum you out, but I really can't recomend this one.
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- P. Scott Bennett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio