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Robin Cook (1) (1940–)

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Robin (Robert William Arthur) 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 visa mer 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- fiction work, Invasion, have been television movies. In 2014 her title, Cell made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Robin Cook

Coma (1977) 2,329 exemplar
Chromosome 6 (1997) 1,673 exemplar
Outbreak (1987) 1,600 exemplar
Contagion (1995) 1,587 exemplar
Toxin (1997) 1,553 exemplar
Vector (1999) 1,455 exemplar
Acceptable Risk (1994) 1,441 exemplar
Marker (2005) 1,265 exemplar
Fatal Cure (1993) 1,261 exemplar
Shock (2001) 1,204 exemplar
Crisis (2006) 1,184 exemplar
Invasion (1997) 1,179 exemplar
Terminal (1993) 1,176 exemplar
Blindsight (1992) 1,165 exemplar
Seizure (2003) 1,153 exemplar
Mutation (1989) 1,144 exemplar
Sphinx (1979) 1,125 exemplar
Brain (1981) 1,087 exemplar
Feber (1982) 1,081 exemplar
Abduction (2000) 1,075 exemplar
Ont uppsåt (1990) 1,074 exemplar
Mortal Fear (1988) 1,037 exemplar
Critical (2007) 1,031 exemplar
Vital Signs (1991) 944 exemplar
Manipulator (1985) 915 exemplar
Godplayer (1983) 898 exemplar
Foreign Body (2008) 848 exemplar
Intervention (2009) 716 exemplar
Cure (2010) 581 exemplar
Death Benefit (2011) 438 exemplar
Nano (2013) 384 exemplar
Cell (2014) 349 exemplar
The Year Of The Intern (1972) 347 exemplar
Host (2015) 268 exemplar
Pandemic (2018) 236 exemplar
Charlatans (2017) 211 exemplar
Genesis (2019) 168 exemplar
Viral (2021) 95 exemplar
Night Shift (2022) 70 exemplar
Coma [1978 film] (1978) — Författare — 33 exemplar
Autopsie (1994) 19 exemplar
Vector / Contagion (2004) 18 exemplar
Toxin/Chromosome 6 Duo (Spl) (2004) 17 exemplar
Coma [and] Abduction (2008) 9 exemplar
Godplayer: 2 8 exemplar
Brain / Fatal Cure (1999) 6 exemplar
Aivot ; Kuume (1991) 4 exemplar
Sphinx/Fever (2000) 1 exemplar
Shattered 1 exemplar
Agy ; Szfinx (1998) 1 exemplar

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Vedertaget namn
Cook, Robin
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Cook, Robert William Arthur
New York, New York, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Naples, Florida, USA
Queens, New York, USA
Leonia, New Jersey, USA
Wesleyan University (BS)
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD|1966)
Harvard Medical School (residency)
United States Navy
Woodrow Wilson Center's Board of Trustees
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Kort biografi
Robert Brian "Robin" Cook (born May 4, 1940) is an American physician and novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for combining medical writing with the thriller genre. Many of his books have been bestsellers on The New York Times Best Seller List. Several of his books have also been featured in Reader's Digest. His books have sold nearly 400 million copies worldwide.

Cook was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Woodside, Queens, New York City. He moved to Leonia, New Jersey when he was eight, where he could first have the "luxury" of having his own room. He graduated from Wesleyan University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and finished his postgraduate medical training at Harvard.

Cook ran the Cousteau Society's blood-gas lab in the south of France. He later became an aquanaut (a submarine doc) with the U.S. Navy's SEALAB program when he was drafted in 1969. Cook served in the Navy from 1969 to 1971, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander. He wrote his first novel, Year of the Intern, while serving on the Polaris submarine USS Kamehameha.

The Year of the Intern was a failure, but Cook began to study bestsellers. He said, "I studied how the reader was manipulated by the writer. I came up with a list of techniques that I wrote down on index cards. And I used every one of them in Coma." He conceived the idea for Coma, about illegally creating a supply of transplant organs, in 1975. In March 1977, that novel's paperback rights sold for $800,000. It was followed by the Egyptology thriller Sphinx in 1979 and another medical thriller, Brain, in 1981. Cook then decided he preferred writing over a career in medicine.

Cook's novels combine medical fact with fantasy. His medical thrillers are designed, in part, to keep the public aware of both the technological possibilities of modern medicine and the ensuing socio-ethical problems which come along with it. Cook says he chose to write thrillers because the forum gives him "an opportunity to get the public interested in things about medicine that they didn't seem to know about. I believe my books are actually teaching people."

The author admits he never thought that he would have such compelling material to work with when he began writing fiction in 1970. "If I tried to be the writer I am today a number of years ago, I wouldn't have very much to write about. But today, with the pace of change in biomedical research, there are any number of different issues, and new ones to come," he says.

Cook's novels have anticipated national controversy. In an interview with Stephen McDonald about the novel Shock, Cook admitted the book's timing was fortuitous.



This story has a very old school pulp fictiony feel to it. And Robin Cook did a brilliant job of making it feel like this story was written in the 1950's. There are some parts that does give the story away as a modern tale, but somehow it does not detract from the pulp fiction feeling.
Which was not quite the type of story in mind when I started the book, but I enjoyed it in the end, except for the very ending... I would've liked it more if the main characters made it back home.

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BluezReader | 13 andra recensioner | Nov 12, 2023 |
Oh, Robin Cook.
You can write a good thriller but they are quite formulaic by now. My writing editor would nag me about repetitive phrases (everyone retraces people’s steps, we have to hear that Jack doesn’t like bad language several times, we hear about how he tosses his coat, “not taking the time to hang it up”). I suspect padding.
Moreover, I think Dr. Cook has an alter ego in Jack. He seems unreasonably fond of him and for depth of character he has only verbal clumsiness and rudeness, plus a bit of absentee parenting (they have a nanny, so..). But he is brilliant, Jack.
Except that he isn’t. The solution to this thriller is immediately obvious and even the ultimate reveal is unexciting. If this book had been written in the 80’s even, the idea might be surprising, but it’s a 2018 book, and dated.
Would have been an interesting shorter book, even- I skipped the entire middle section because it was so tiresome reading about the malignant in-laws (cliche alert), the nagging wife (who is reduced to a shouting harpie, bellowing “why aren’t you home?”). Cook has never been good at writing women (the only helpful one is the gal who plays basketball, which Jack goes out to play every night as soon as he gets home late and pats his autistic child) (cliche alert- everyone has an autistic child these days, but even this is given scant time- the occasional back pat and observation - I’d say response to neglect was more likely than autism at this point).
Way back, when we were travelling across the country, we played the audiobook PREY by Cook to help pass the miles. We all started a game about how often Cook wrote: it felt like a sandstorm. It’s still a running joke in the family.
Of course, as a doctor, Cook is probably resistant to editing advice. Still, I think someone should speak to him. All those trees.
If you must read this, borrow the ebook from the library. You’ll be glad you did.
Oh, and this book isn’t about a pandemic. It’s about transplantation.
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Dabble58 | 8 andra recensioner | Nov 11, 2023 |
Tela editorial. No conserva sobrecubierta.
Buen estado
Accitanus | 20 andra recensioner | Nov 7, 2023 |
I enjoy things that I can read large chunks of in my 30 minute train commute and this type of book works perfectly. Not high literature but an entertaining read that allows me to think of something outside my life for a little while.
jochemsj | 14 andra recensioner | Nov 1, 2023 |



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