His most harrowing, most timely novel of medical horror since Coma.
Outbreak is Robin Cook at his hair-raising best. Blending a premise of consummate public concern with a galvanizingly suspenseful plot, he has perhaps created his signature work.
When the director of a Los Angeles health maintenance clinic succumbs, along with seven patients, to an untreatableand virulently contagiousvirus, Atlanta's Center for Disease Control goes on red alert. Unless the virus is isolated and checked, mankind may be facing its gravest medical crisis since the Black Death.
Assigned by the CDC to investigate the disease, Dr. Melissa Blumenthal is soon caught up in the ultimate nightmare. The California case is merely the first in a burgeoning series of outbreaks that occur in unrelated geographical areas but with puzzling commonalities: The locations are always health-care facilities, and the victims are only physicians and their patients.
As her investigation takes increasingly bizarre turns, Melissa finds that behind the natural threat lurks a far more sinister possibility: sabotage.
Before she discovers the truth, Melissa must overcome her superiors' fury, her colleagues' doubtsand the wrath of a powerful cabal, sworn to achieve its aims, no matter what the cost in human lifeincluding Melissa's.
Brilliantly imagined, fiendishly compelling, Outbreak is superb Robin Cookthe kind of speculative chiller that will reverberate in the reader's awareness long after the final page is turned.
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"Cook richly develops characters, allowing us to share their most personal thoughts and professional concerns."