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When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing 24-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimbursements from insurance companies. But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon and gets much, much worse.

Enter Dr. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in New York City and Bowman's brother-in-law: Jack's sister Alexis, now Craig's estranged wife, tearfully begs for his help as her husband's trial drags on. Jack agrees to travel to Boston to offer his forensic services and expert witness experience to Craig's beleaguered defense attorney. But when Jack's irreverent suggestion to exhume the corpse to disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora's box of trouble. As Craig Bowman's life and career are put on the line, Jack is on the verge of making a most unwelcome discovery of tremendous legal and medical significance; and there are people who will do anything to keep him from learning the truth.

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©2006 Robin Cook; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Edward
  • Orange, TX, USA
  • 09-19-06

Not disappointed!!!

I, too, ignored the reviews and was glad I did. I had listened to previous books of Robin Cook, read by George Guidall, and knew how good they were. And this one did not disappoint me. Even though he may not be totally up on legal prcedure and terminology -- for example, the judge saying "counsels" instead of "counsel" -- I ignored such MINOR things and thoroughly enjoyed the suspense. It will definitely be worth the listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana
  • Laredo, TX, United States
  • 01-31-09

Slow at first, but delivers

Unlike his other novels, I find books starring Cook's Jack Stapleton character have a slow, rather boring start. This is no exception, but it manages to deliver halfway through the book. Very repetitive at first, then 2 hours into the book the action starts and a well-defined action plot seals the end. However, regardless of how hard I try, the Laurie character annoys me and that is the spoiler for me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dorothy
  • branchville, NJ, United States
  • 09-08-06

quite surprising

after reading somewhat negative reviews of this book, i worried about my choice, as my audible choices spend many miles entertaining me on my time on the highway. Sometimes you have to have a little faith in your favorite authors, this story had it all, suspense, comedy, unpredictable moments, it was most wonderful. I don't want to spoil the experience for you, but you won't regret the time you spend with CRISIS!!! If you've read Robin Cook, you won't be disappointed and you'll meet some old friends!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • BKK
  • Marietta, GA USA
  • 08-19-06

Dont waste time and money

This was not up to the par of his previous novels. Don;t waste your time and money(credit).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • 08-31-06

I should have read the reviews

Robin Cook's foray into legal mystery was a failure. His courtroom diaglogue and judicial rulings didn't seem plausible. These legal proceedings went on in excruciating detail to make sure that it was clear (for the obtuse) that it was a hopeless predicament. It made me wonder several times what purpose they served to advance the plot or prepare for the conclusion. The ending was sudden and did not answer questions about why certain events had occurred during the story (how does a narcissus suddenly become a sociopath?). It seemed as though the author had rewritten the ending in response to a deadline or at the insistence of an editor. All of this was made worse by an epilogue

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • Dana Point, CA, USA
  • 09-23-06

Good old-fashioned brain-candy-thriller

I got what I wanted from this book--nothing too challenging, but a nicely paced medical thriller. I've read Robin Cook before, and this one wasn't one of his best as far as I'm concerned, but I think I got my money's worth, as I was definitely engaged & entertained.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelia
  • Eugene, OR, USA
  • 08-22-06


This book missed the mark in so many ways. The pace was slow -- even with a excellent reader. Some of the main characters were so inconsistent that the narrative lacked conviction. Why did they do what they did? Why didn't they do other things? I have always enjoyed this author's books before, but this was a huge disappointment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Super book!

I love Jack Stapleton books anyway. Very good story. I've listened to lots of Robin Cook's books. And I love George Guildhall. He's my favorite narrator.

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great story a wonderful mix between a legal and a medical Thriller great way to pass time

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Reading Newlywed :-)

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I first started. I'm glad I stuck with it. Once the book finally grasped my attention ... I fell head over hills in love. Although Robin Cook swept me off my feet many years ago, I'm glad I became reacquainted with his work. Can't wait to read another book. My mind can't stop thinking of the storyline and making up what happened next.