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Dr. John Stapelton, New York's Medical Examiner, faces the biggest potential plague scare in decades. A deadly but rare flu begins to slowly kill seemingly healthy individuals. John, having already lost his opthalmology practice to a giant HMO, immediately suspects them of killing off patients who cost them a lot of money.
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John begins to investigate anything that may give him the viruses point of origin. Because of this, someone tries to kill John. He does not relent. He finally finds the name of a person who ordered some plague virus and hunts them down.

This proves deadly for John as he is kidnapped and beaten. He is stunned, however, when he sees who has been behind this biological hazard. They have paid someone to kill John, to keep their secret from being revealed. His only hope is escape.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

An excellent book that combines medical techno-jargon, investigative techniques, and a wonderful character development in the usual Robin Cook style. This will keep you reading!
The review of this Book prepared by Brandt

Contagion is a wonderful book about a coroner trying to solve the mystery of some unusual deaths. This involves hospitals and the ready availabilty of disease through the mail. It's a must read.
The review of this Book prepared by Blue

This is a great suspense thriller. Jack is an incredible main character that keeps getting himself into trouble. Dr. Cook uses medical terminology throughout, which makes this book a great read for anyone planning on going into any of the health related fields. This book followed by Chromosome 6 makes a great 1-2 punch for the medical thriller.
The review of this Book prepared by Scott Pickle, Ph.D.

Medical thriller with virus warfare.
The review of this Book prepared by karen

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 42%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 18%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   story of bio weapon/virus    -   cure/disease Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   biohazard/virus Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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