Death Benefit

Death Benefit

by Robin Cook

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Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize health care by creating replacement organs for critically ill patients. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of classmate George Wilson, launches an investigation into the unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.

Meanwhile, two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they’ve found another loadstone in the nation’s multi-trillion dollar life insurance industry, and race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.

As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab, one question remains unanswered: is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425250365
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 299,562
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robin Cook, M.D., is the author of more than thirty books and is credited with popularizing the medical thriller with his groundbreaking and wildly successful 1977 novel, Coma. He divides his time among Florida, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Cook’s most recent bestselling novels include CellDeath Benefit, and Cure.

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Death Benefit 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
jtm1 More than 1 year ago
So much profanity! I have always enjoyed reading Robin Cook's books because they are intelligently written and engaging to read. The story line in this book would have been much better were it not for Cook's perpetual use of the 'F' word. I feel like he is too smart and too talented a writer to have to stoop to using vulgar language in his books. I hope this was a one-time thing and not a new trend. Very disappointing. As a side note, I would have given this book 4 stars if it had not been riddled with profanity.
biff More than 1 year ago
I am a M.D. & have been a Robin Cook fan since day #1. I have read all of his books, some good, some great, some not so good. This is a typical "Cook Book" from start to finish. Difficult to put down once past the 1st 50 pages. A must read for science genre fans, now that Michael Crichton is gone. If you are a 1st time reader of Dr. Cook, one could not go wrong by picking this as 1st endevour. I can't wait for his next book. I hope other readers feel the same as I do-enthralling, entertaining, exciting & informative as well.
Madriver More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Robon Cook's books and like the not-so-subtle way he injects a message into every one. This time he looked at a financial scheme that involved buying life insurance policies, paying people a fraction of the death benefit so they could make use of the money before they died. These were then packaged and sold as commodities, similar to the way mortgages were traded. I liked the concept, but thought the story dragged a lot. In addition, some minor story teases that I thought would be resolved at the end were just left hanging. And the ending was abrupt, and didn't really close out the story; I don't understand why, as a better, more satisfying ending shouldn't have been too difficult. Not a bad book, but if this was the only one of Cook's that I had read I'm not sure I'd be looking for more.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
In “Death Benefits,” Robin Cook explores what happens when medical breakthroughs damage one’s financial assets—and who wins this dangerous game of science against money. The main character is Pia Grazdani, a fourth year medical student at Columbia University, who’s interning with Dr. Tobias Rothman, a renowned molecular geneticist who has just uncovered the way to naturally grow artificial organs. His breakthrough promises to be life-changing, as Wall Street investors Edmund Matthews and Russell Lafevre are miserable to find out. Their company LifeDeals depends on buying life policies from sick people for cheap, and then making money when they die. But it just so happens that the majority of the policies they bought are from diabetes patients, whose lives are likely to be greatly prolonged should Rothman’s artificial organs make it to the market. And so Edmund and Russell turn to Dr. Jerred Trotter, the biggest investor in their little company—and the most rich. Meanwhile, some suspicious things start occurring at the lab. Pia strongly feels that she can trust no one except her mentor, Dr. Rothman. But a series of events leave her hanging on for her life, and risking her career investigating what appears to be a great cover-up. Overall, this was a very engaging mystery. Though the first couple of chapters spend a little too much time explaining the science behind the breakthrough, don’t let them mislead you. Once the storyline really starts, it never lets you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent hard to put down.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Another murder mystery, suspense thriller in the medical field is delivered by Robin Cook with "Death Benefit." *Great storyline. *Engrossing protagonist. *Fast paced once you arrive at chapter forty-one; a non-stop adrenaline rush of action. *A real eye-opener to the shady side of global health-care and the medical research area. *Death for dollars is the order of the day.
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bdouglas97 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hate a book that builds nicely and then ends as if the author got tired of writing. This is how I felt with this book. I usually love Robin Cook books but this one left me feeling cheated.
sharonmoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took quite a while for me to get involved in this book. But the last half was much more exciting. Cook always has strong female characters. I was glad to see Laurie and Jack Stapleton involved in the last half.
clarkisaacs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Innovative technology invades stem cell research in this compelling novel by Robin Cook who weaves a tale of suspense in his latest novel ¿Death Benefit.¿ Cook does not need much identification as his many novels have earned him accolades from a vast audience of readers. ¿Coma¿ is one of his outstanding books, which sparks many memories of this premier author who has earned all the recognition he receives.The many issues, which permeated our use of stem cell research in the political arena a few years back, take a backseat to the good this research can do. Creating body parts is the message this book delivers. Imagine people living longer if organs like kidneys, pancreas, and liver are laboratory cultured so that those in need of them could have them transplanted immediately. Waiting lists would become passé.What Robin Cook has done with this book is become an advocate of stem cell research and delivers his message with the underlying theme of murder, suspense, and investigation by a 4th year medical student Pia Grazdani and her boyfriend George Wilson. This fast-paced book introduces what we perceive as the main characters, the Nobel Prize winning research scientist Tobias Rothman and his assistant Dr. Yamamoto, then as swiftly as we get comfortable with them, they mysteriously die! Pia having worked with this pair for three years knows how meticulous they are in their methodology of handling toxic substances and she cannot believe the scientists would be careless enough to have caused their own deaths.Greed is introduced through Wall Street types who error in calculations of a new money making scheme which they hope will replace the real estate fiasco. Their involvement leads to the hiring of mob types to assassinate the Columbia University Research scientists without suspicion. The entanglement of the mob types lead George and Pia on dangerous escapades as they seek to find out more about the deaths of the scientists. Threatened are their careers to become doctors as they break University rules in their quest to get answers. There are times in flashbacks of past events that you wonder why a particular passage is important. Then, a few chapters later, it all comes together. Pia Grazdani is a strong hero and her voice is clear throughout this book. Robin Cook earns kudos in his ability to portray Pia¿s feminine side. One of the outstanding features of ¿Death Benefit¿ is the use of medical terminology and procedures giving it a clear understanding for the layperson. One does not have to be a doctor to enjoy this medically based story.As with many of Robin Cook¿s other excellent novels, ¿Death Benefit¿ is very satisfying in its concluding chapters. There are surprises, revelations, and suspense. All loose ends cleverly tie together in this five star book¿s finale so that you are not left feeling this is a prelude to a subsequent novel.
TomWheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't thinl this was as good as some of the other Robin Cook books that I have read. Usually I expect a page-turner from this author but, sadly, this was not until the last 50 or so pages. There were a lot of confusing medical terms which may have contributed to the slow pace of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a great read...deep with details, intricate twists to keep you readin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love rewarded lentils , I do . But not every day. It’s a Same Same book , nothing new or exiting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love rewarded lentils , I do . But not every day. It’s a Same Same book , nothing new or exiting
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Whatever he,writes,is o k by me
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Good story, probably closer to truth than we'd like to imagine!
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Crytal More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how to rate this one. It was ok. I think that I was more interested in the research/medical project that was behind the main story line than I was in the mystery of the murders. This was my first book of Cook's, I was very impressed with the level of knowledge that went into it. And I hope there is a grain of truth in the work being done. It would almost make the murders of these men 'worth it' to know that their work was being carried on (and yes, I know it's a work of fiction!) I'm also not sure how I felt about the second story line, the insurance scam. At first, it seemed out of place, to have these two guys keep popping up. They never really fit into the flow of the story. Then at the end, they were neatly wrapped up with everything else, but that part too, also seemed to not fit in right. As I said, it was just ok, but I would read another by the author, just for the medical references/research.
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Fast reading, good character development...a fast read.