When not one but three different extremely rare diseases kill several patients at a New York hospital, forensic pathologist Jack Stapleton suspects it's more than just coincidence. He thinks there's a connection between the appearance of the mysterious microbes responsible for the deaths and the HMO that owns the hospital--the same HMO that once destroyed his flourishing medical practice. Is Americare deliberately killing off its sickest patients--those who cost the most money to treat? Or is there an even more sinister motive behind the strange goings-on at Manhattan General, not to mention the attempts on Jack's life? And what is beautiful Terese Hagen, the hard-driving creative director of a Madison Avenue ad agency, doing in the middle of this slightly muddled, but still engrossing, tale of greed, medicine, and mayhem? Like Michael Crichton, whose Hardcover edition.
Robin Cook's most frightening bestseller is "exciting...a good, fast read."(Denver Post)
One of Cook's most successful-and timely-bestsellers. Contagion is a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium as a deadly epidemic is spread not merely by microbes-but by sabotage.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Robin Cook scores again with Contagion, February 12, 2003 Reviewer: Chuck Breaux from Fruita, CO USA In 1995, Robin Cook produced another medical thriller page-turner with Contagion, the book in which NYC medical examiners Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery first team up (they also appear in the later Cook novels Chromosome Six & Vector). A large corporate hospital starts having odd unexplained infectious deaths, first plague, quickly followed in succession by tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, & influenza. Jack makes his early reputation in this novel by figuring out the diagnoses &, in the course of his investigations, gets caught up in the murderous scheme in the background. Halfway through the book, you think you know who done it, but you're probably only half right, as it's a pretty big surprise toward the end. The plot interweaves medical rivalry, bureaucratic infighting, Madison Avenue advertising, cutthroat corporate politics, & big business medicine. While not Robin Cook's best novel, Contagion is a satisfying read & difficult to put down once started. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition