Dimensions: 416 pages
Published: August 27, 2001
Publisher: Penguin Putnam
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0399146008
ISBN - 13: 9780399146008
From the Publisher
Technology and greed converge in this spine-tingling novel of medicine run amok by the master of medical suspense.
About the Author
Robin (Robert Brian) Cook, the master of the medical thriller novel, was born to Edgar Lee Cook, a commercial artist and businessman, and Audrey (Koons) Cook on May 4, 1940, in New York City. Cook spent his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey, and decided to become a doctor after seeing a football injury at his high school. He earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1962, his M.D. from Columbia University in 1966, and completed postgraduate training at Harvard before joining the U.S. Navy. Cook began his first novel, The Year of the Intern, while serving on a submarine, basing it on his experiences as a surgical resident. In 1979, Cook wed Barbara Ellen Mougin, on whom the character Denise Sanger in Brain is based. When Year of the Intern did not do particularly well, Cook began an extensive study of other books in the genre to see what made a bestseller. He decided to focus on suspenseful medical mysteries, mixing intricately plotted murder and intrigue with medical technology, as a way to bring controversial ethical and social issues affecting the medical profession to the attention of the general public. His subjects include organ transplants, genetic engineering, experimentation with fetal tissue, cancer research and treatment, and deadly viruses. Cook put this format to work very successfully in his next books, Coma and Sphinx, which not only became bestsellers, but were eventually adapted for film. Three others, Terminal, Mortal Fear, and Virus, and Cook's first science-
From Our Editors
Best-selling author Robin Cook delivers another high-powered tale of medical suspense and horror with Shock. Deborah Cochrane and Joanna Meissner are two students desperately in need of cash, so the ad in the paper promising big bucks for egg donors seems like just the ticket. Things go smoothly under the care of the charming Dr. Spencer Windgate. But when the two try to investigate the fate of their eggs, they meet with frustrating silence. They get jobs in the clinic to investigate on the sly… and what they find out will leave them — and you — shocked to the very core.