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Foreign Body

by Robin Cook

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Foreign Body by Robin Cook
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2008
    448 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Jennifer Hernandez is a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, just completing an elective in general surgery, whose world is shattered during a break in an otherwise ordinary day. While relaxing in the surgical lounge of L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she half-listens to a piece on medical tourism, where first-world citizens travel to third-world countries for surgery. But when she hears her beloved grandmother's name mentioned, her own heart nearly stops: the CNN reporter says Maria Suarez-Hernandez had died, a day after undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhi's Queen Victoria Hospital.

Maria had raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and their bond was unshakable. Still, the news that Maria had traveled to India was a shock to Jennifer, until she realized that it was the only viable option for the hardworking yet uninsured woman. Devastated, and desperate for answers, Jennifer takes emergency leave from school and heads to India, where relations with local officials go from sympathetic to sour as she presses for more information. With the discovery of other unexplained deaths followed by hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor, New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery, who has her own deep connection to Maria.

Laurie, along with her husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton, rushes to the younger woman's side, discovering a sophisticated medical facility with little margin for error. As the death count grows, so do the questions, leading Laurie and Jennifer to unveil a sinister, multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.

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"[F]ormulaic thriller about the timely subject of medical tourism ... Implausible plot twists, unconvincing villains, silly dialogue ... make this one of Cook's rare weak efforts." - Publishers Weekly.

"Cook's clever concept is undermined by the wooden characters, but what is most in need of resuscitation here is the painfully awkward dialogue." - Booklist.

"Fans willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy the ride." - Library Journal.

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M.G.Panth

About Indian culture and society
I read many Robin Cook novels and I am very good fan of his technical writings and liked even Abduction and Sphinx which are non medical. This novel "Foreign Body" hits me hard with bad comments on Indian culture as subdued and racial. Sorry to say, but he sees poverty and population only in India, which is not true. How many Indians are settled in America with good reputation?

Is it necessary to criticize India and look in different angle. Leaving technical part, social part of novel is not good. However Robin cook is highly talented writer technically. One should abstain commenting on others culture and poverty line.

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Robin Cook Author Biography

Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word "medical" to the thriller genre, and thirty years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fantasy to produce a succession of New York Times bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987), Mindbend (1988), Mutation (1989), Harmful Intent (1990), Vital Signs (1991), Blindsight (1992), Terminal (1993), Fatal Cure (1994), Acceptable Risk (1995), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997) and Toxin (1998) and many others.

In each of his novels, Robin Cook strives to write about the issues at the forefront of current medical practice. To date, he has explored issues such as...

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