by Robin Cook
Book 1 in the Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery series (1991)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Robin Cook is back—with a shocking story of medical conspiracy. Today, organ transplants are common miracles of science. But if the supply cannot meet the demand, how far will people go to find donors? Dr. Laurie Montgomery, a forensic pathologist, learns the terrifying answer when she investigates a series of fatal “overdose” of young professionals. Some crimes are beyond comprehension. But seeing is believing…
Today, organ transplants are common miracles of science. But if the supply cannot meet the demand, how far will people go to find donors?
When a series of unrelated yuppie deaths by cocaine overdose are reported to the medical examiner’s office, Dr. Montgomery’s curiosity is piqued. As the friends and families of the deceased uniformly swear that their loved ones weren’t involved with drugs, that curiosity intensifies. But her feelings turn to anger and frustration when she attempts to autopsy the bodies and investigate the deaths, only to find herself at odds with her superiors, the police department, and the relatives themselves.
The reason for the opposition range from political expediency to religious belief, but Laurie senses that something far more menacing links the so-called random deaths. Jeopardizing her professional future, Laurie Montgomery sets out to uncover the truth—which leads her to a distinguished New York hospital and, beyond that, to nightmare.