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Critical – Robin Cook

August 17, 2012

Today’s Book: Critical by Robin Cook
Published in 2008 by Berkley
Location: Purchased for 25 cents from the Strathmore Library but it’s also listed as available in the collection! Did you know you can look up books through catalogue.tracpac.ab.ca? And of course if our library doesn’t have it, but it’s available in another library, you can do an inter library loan, and a few days later – you get a chance to read this book too!

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Your first thought on seeing this post is – “Hey wait a second, didn’t Todd just read another Robin Cook book?” And your thought would be correct. I picked them both up at the same time, but if you read my other post, you’ll notice I liked Seizure a lot, so it didn’t take much time for me to pick up and read the next one… And I’ll be looking for more… I’ll be back to the library in the next couple of days to see if there are more that I can borrow!

Critical was quite interesting. The story book revolves around a medical examiner (someone who does autopsy’s for a living) and solving a mystery that three private specialty hospitals, owned by the same corporation, are experiencing a lot of deaths related to a drug-resistant staph infection.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I see in the story that it’s happening in only three hospitals, and they happen to be related, I immediately figured out what was going on. BUT, that said, it made for an intriguing story following the main character, Laurie, as she follows the evidence and clues, and ultimately makes an amazing discovery that saves a life of someone close in the nick of time!

Robin Cook does a delightful job of telling the story, including lots of details, but leaving you just enough to make you want to turn the page – again, and again, and again, until suddenly you find yourself falling asleep on the couch at 2:00 AM! Sheesh!

There’s also quite a bit of political, err, how do you say it? Maybe politicking? in this story. Mr. Cook writes in many places how these specialty hospitals are undermining real hospitals, and they only exist because of a loophole, and that the owners are only interested in making profit. Which frankly I’m having a hard time with. There is nothing wrong with making a profit, and if they can deliver a service more effectively, and more economically than the incumbents – GREAT!

This was an all around great read, and if you’re a fan of the TV show – Body of Proof, this book is right up your alley – but much much better, as you get farther into the detail and there are a number of back stories in this yarn, including rival mob families, hired assassins, great police work, family dynamics, and more.

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