Robin Cook Books In Order

Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery Books In Publication Order

  1. Blindsight (1991)
  2. Contagion (1995)
  3. Chromosome 6 (1997)
  4. Vector (1999)
  5. Marker (2005)
  6. Crisis (2006)
  7. Critical (2007)
  8. Foreign Body (2008)
  9. Intervention (2009)
  10. Cure (2010)
  11. Pandemic (2018)
  12. Genesis (2019)

Dr. Marissa Blumenthal Books In Publication Order

  1. Outbreak (1987)
  2. Vital Signs (1991)

Pia Grazdani Books In Publication Order

  1. Death Benefit (2011)
  2. Nano (2012)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Year of the Intern (1972)
  2. Coma (1977)
  3. Sphinx (1979)
  4. Brain (1979)
  5. Fever (1982)
  6. Godplayer (1983)
  7. Mindbend (1984)
  8. Mortal Fear (1988)
  9. Mutation (1989)
  10. Harmful Intent (1990)
  11. Terminal (1992)
  12. Fatal Cure (1994)
  13. Acceptable Risk (1995)
  14. Invasion (1997)
  15. Toxin (1998)
  16. Shock (1999)
  17. Abduction (2000)
  18. Seizure (2003)
  19. Cell (2014)
  20. Host (2015)
  21. Charlatans (2017)
  22. Viral (2021)

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Robin Cook Books Overview


Organ transplants are common today. But the master of medical suspense imagines what could happen when supply falls short of demand.


After losing his Midwestern ophthalmology practice to a for profit medical giant, and then his family to a commuter airline tragedy, Dr. John Stapleton’s life is in ashes. Abandoning his home and practice, Stapleton retrains as a medical examiner and relocates to a city that suits his changed perspective: the cold concrete maze of New York City. Stapleton thinks he is past pain and past caring, but as a series of lethal illneses capped by a particularly deadly outbreak of a rare strain of influenza strikes the young, the old and the innocent, his suspicions are aroused. And when the apparent epicenter of these outbreaks is revealed to be a hospital controlled by the same for profit giant that cannibalized his old ophthalmology practice, Stapleton fears he has stumbled upon a conspiracy of catastrophic proportions. Solving the mystery leads to his unlikely pairing, both professionally and personally, with Terese Hagen, an art director at a hot Madison Avenue advertising firm. And as he gets closer to discovering the real explanation behind the killer Contagions, he finds his life is on the line for there are those who will pay any price to keep the diabolical truth from being revealed. Contagion anticipates some of the uncharted consequences of managed health care, in an age when even the wariest consumer may be at risk. It is a terrifying cautionary tale for the millennium, as health care giants collide. It is Robin Cook at his unerring best.

Chromosome 6

The mutilated body of a notorious underworld figure leads forensic pathologist Dr. Jack Stapleton to a mysterious group in Africa that uses state of the art medical technology for sinister purposes.Lit Guild, Mystery Guild, & Doubleday Main.


New York cab driver Yuri Davydov is a disgruntled Russian immigrant ready to lash out at his adoptive nation, which he believes has denied him the American Dream. As a former technician in the Soviet Union’s biological weapons system, Yuri knows how to wreak havoc in his new home. But before he executes his masterpiece of vengenance, he experiments first on selected targets. Dr Jack Stapleton begins to witness some unusual cases in his capacity as forensic pathologist in the City medical examiner’s office. A Greek immigrant apparently succumbs to sudden overwhelming pneumonia, while an obese Afro American woman collapses with acute respiratory distress. When an unexpected coincidence suggest to Jack that these seemingly unrelated deaths are actually connected murders, his colleagues and superiors remain sceptical. Meanwhile he is taking himself deeper into deadly danger but can he reach the heart of the puzzle before Davydov and his associates unleash into the streets of New York the ultimate terror: a modern bio weapon!


The master of the medical thriller returns with his most heart pounding tale yet. Twenty eight year old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in line skating in New York City’s Central Park. Within twenty four hours of his surgery, he dies. A thirty six year old mother, Darlene Morgan, has knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in her knee. And within twenty four hours, she has died. New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton are back, in Robin Cook’s electrifying twenty fifth novel. Last seen in Vector, the doctors confront a series of puzzling hospital deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery. Despite institutional resistance from her superiors, as well as from those at Manhattan General, Laurie doggedly pursues the investigation. Though it seems impossible to determine why and how the patients are dying, she comes to suspect that not only are the deaths related they’re intentional, suggesting the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a very unusual motive, involving frightening ties to both developing genomic medicine and the economics of modern day health care. Then Laurie is dealt a double blow: While coping with Jack’s inability to commit to their relationship, she discovers she carries a genetic Marker for a breast cancer gene. As her personal life continues to unravel, the need for answers becomes more urgent, especially when Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself. With time winding down, she and Jack race to connect the dots and save Laurie’s life. With his signature blend of suspense and science, Robin Cook delivers an electrifying page turner as vivid as today’s headlines.


When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he’s shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do, lavishing twenty-four-hour availability and personalized attention on his handpicked patients. And at last, he is earning a significant income, no longer burdened by falling reimburseme*nts from insurance companies. But this idyllic practice comes to a grinding halt one sunny afternoon-and gets much, much worse.

Enter Dr. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner in New York City and Bowman’s brother-in-law: Jack’s sister Alexis-now Craig’s estranged wife-tearfully begs for his help as her husband’s trial drags on. Jack agrees to travel to Boston to offer his forensic services and expert witness experience to Craig’s beleaguered defense attorney. But when Jack’s irreverent suggestion to exhume the corpse to disprove the alleged malpractice is taken seriously, he opens a Pandora’s box of trouble. As Craig Bowman’s life and career are put on the line, Jack is on the verge of making a most unwelcome discovery of tremendous legal and medical significance-and there are people who will do anything to keep him from learning the truth.


Angela Dawson, M.D., appears to have it all: at the age of thirty seven, she owns a fabulous New York City apartment, a stunning seaside house on Nantucket, and enjoys the perks of her prosperous lifestyle. But her climb to the top was rough, marked by a troubled childhood, a failed marriage, and the devastating blow of bankruptcy as a primary care internist. Painfully aware of the role of economics in modern life, particularly in the health care field, Angela returned to school to earn an MBA. Armed with a shiny new degree and blessed with determination, intelligence, and impeccable timing, Angela founded a start up company, Angels Healthcare, then took it public. With her controlling interest in three busy specialty hospitals in New York City and plans for others in Miami and Los Angeles, Angela’s future looked very bright.

Then a surge of drug resistant staph infections in all three hospitals devastates Angela’s carefully constructed world. Not only do the infections result in patient deaths, but the fatalities also cause stock prices to tumble, leaving market analysts wondering if Angela will be able to hold her empire together.

New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton are naturally intrigued by the uptick in staph related post procedure deaths. Aside from their own professional curiosity, there’s a personal stake as well: Laurie and Jack are newly married, and Jack is facing surgery to repair a torn ligament at Angels Orthopedic Hospital. Despite Jack’s protests, Laurie can’t help investigating opening a Pandora’s box of corporate intrigue that threatens not just her livelihood, but her life with Jack as well.

Foreign Body

A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends an idealistic UCLA medical student on a desperate search for answers, in this chilling tale from the master of the medical thriller. 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.


New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped from the headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.I t’s been more than thirty years since New York City medical examiner Jack Stapleton’s college graduation and almost as long since he’d been in touch with former classmates Shawn Doherty and Kevin Murray. Once a highly regarded ophthalmologist, Jack’s career took a dramatic turn after a tragic accident that destroyed his family. But that, too, is very much in the past: Jack has remarried to longtime colleague and fellow medical examiner Laurie Montgomery and is the father of a young child. But his renegade, activist personality can’t rest, and after performing a postmortem on a young college student who had recently been treated by a chiropractor, Jack decides to explore alternative medicine. What makes some people step outside the medical establishment to seek care from practitioners of Eastern philosophies and even faith healers? Jack’s classmate Shawn Doherty is now a renowned archeologist and biblical scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose taste for good wine and generally deteriorating health are taking a toll on his career. He has recently obtained permission for a final dig beneath Saint Peter’s, and despite his long standing grudge against the Catholic Church, begins his research which eventually takes him to Jerusalem and Venice only to make a startling discovery with ecclesiastical and medical implications. And when James O’Rourke, now Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, gets wind of Shawn’s findings, he’s desperate to keep them from the public. James has strong political ambitions within the Church, but his association with Shawn threatens to undermine them. James turns to his old friend Jack to help protect an explosive secret one with the power to change lives forever.


Number one New York Times bestselling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook returns with another heart pounding story of medical intrigue. ‘Cook can write up a storm and spin a taut tale…
a master.’ Kirkus Reviews With her young son’s potentially fatal neuroblastoma in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where she’s been employed for more than two decades. Worried about whether she still has what it takes after so much time away, Laurie finds her first case back to be a dangerous puzzler of the highest order, involving organized crime and two start up bio tech companies caught in a zero sum game. Against the advice of her colleagues and her husband, fellow medical examiner Jack Stapleton, Laurie is determined to solve the mystery the case comes to represent. Satoshi Machita, a former Kyoto University researcher, is set to own a valuable patent controlling pluripotent stem cells, which are destined to spark a trillion dollar industry of regenerative medicine. When he dies on a crowded New York subway platform, Laurie must decide whether his death was natural or something more fiendish. Behind the scenes, there are people who would like to see Laurie as far away from the investigation as possible. Despite threats against her, Laurie presses on, until threats are carried out against the person she loves most in the world: her son, JJ. Suddenly Laurie must face solving the crime and saving her son’s life.


Murder and mystery reach epidemic proportions when a devastating plague sweeps the country. Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control investigates and soon uncovers the medical world’s deadliest secret. ‘His most harrowing medical horror story.’ The New York Times

Vital Signs

Here is Robin Cook’s most controversial medical thriller the shocking story of experimental fertilization, the passion to create life, and the power to destroy it. Just what the doctor ordered. New York Daily NewsVintage Cook…
Nonstop action. Kirkus Reviews

Death Benefit

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. Thorough her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr. Tobias Rothman, Pia knows she will be given the chance to fulfill her ambition to participate in medical discoveries that can help millions while bringing her a measure of personal peace that might once and for all push aside memories of her difficult and abusive childhood. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of infatuated 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 have 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?

The Year of the Intern

Originally published by Signet in 1973, this startling novel reveals what happens to a young intern as he goes through the year that promises to make him into a doctor and threatens to destroy him as a human being.


Still considered one of the best of the genre, Coma propelled Robin Cook to the top of his field and earned him a reputation as the ‘master of the medical thriller’ New York Times. Now readers have another chance to discover this classic masterwork of nightmarish possibility.


The bestselling master of medical suspense Robin Cook mines the mysteries of Egypt’s magnificent past to deliver a one of a kind thriller packed with compelling realism and unrelenting suspense. An excitement packed thriller. Chicago ThrillerRates top marks for unmitigated tension and surprise. Los Angeles Times


Two doctors place their lives in jeopardy to find out why a young woman died on the operating table and had her Brain secretly removed.

provocative.’ Houston Chronicle


A brillant cancer researcher discovers his daughter is a victim of leukemia resulting from a chemical plant conspiracy that not only promises to kill her, but will destroy his career if he tries to fight it.


There have always been many ways to die. But now, in an ultra modern hospital, there was a new one…
the most horrifying one of all. ‘A tissue tingling thriller…
keeps you poised on the sleek points of steel pins and flashing hypodermic needles’. Detroit News.


Future doctor Adam Schonberg loved his wife. That was why he took a job with the giant drug firm Arolen, for the money he needed for their coming baby. His wife, Jennifer, felt she would get the best of care at the Julian Clinic as her pregnancy progressed. It seemed a happy coincidence that the Julian Clinic was owned by Arolen…
until Adam Schonberg slowly began to suspect the terrifying truth about this connection…
and about the hideous evil perpetrated on the wife he loved by the doctor she helplessly trusted…

Mortal Fear

‘A chilling odyssey into the origins of life and death.’ USA Weekend


A brilliant physician dares to create the son of his dreams only to unleash his worst nightmare.

Harmful Intent

An anaesthetist gives a woman a normal injection during childbirth and she dies. The doctor is sued and criminally charged, but he skips bail and returns to the hospital to try and find out exactly what went wrong. On the run from the police, he uncovers a pattern of similar killings.


A medical student from Boston accepts a post at Miami’s Forbes Clinic, the world’s foremost cancer research hospital, and discovers that an evil plot lies behind its success. By the author of Coma.Tour.

Fatal Cure

Doctors Angela and David Wilson believe that they have found personal and professional bliss when they leave the stresses of urban life for a state of the art medical centre in Vermont. Swiftly, their happiness disintegrates as mysterious and unexplained deaths become more than coincidences.

Acceptable Risk

Robin Cook confronts one of the most provocative issues of our time a terrifying glimpse into the dangers of antidepressant drugs…
‘Cook manages to keep the suspense mounting and the pages turning.’ San Francisco Chronicle’King of the mind bending medical thriller’ Kirkus Reviews’ A morality tale of antidepressants and greedy medical entrepreneurs.’ Detroit News’One of Cook’s best’ Associated Press


To anyone glancing upwards at the night sky, it would have seemed like a brilliant shooting star, but moments later electronic equipment began to spark and explode throughout the city. A deadly threat to life on Earth from the icy vastness of outer space Invasion.


Newly divorced surgeon Dr. Kim Regis is determined to remain a good father to his only son, Selden. On a special night out, Kim takes Seldon to his favorite fast food restaurant for a feast of burgers and fries. But the good time turns to tragedy: the young boy becomes gravely ill and dies as a result of poisoning by E. coli. bacteria found in the meat. Was Seldon’s death a result of shoddy food handling practices? Or was it a sophisticated case of product tampering by a rival fast foot giant or a disgruntled employee? Or perhaps by someone with a score to settle with Kim? Taking a leave from his surgical practice, Kim devotes his energies to solving the mystery full time. But he immediately hits a brick walls: a code of silence more impenetrable than anything he has ever encountered in his medical career. Instead of a cold shoulder reception, however, Kim is soon met with a boot and a fist as thugs attempt to quash his inquiry. Aided by his ex wife, Kim pursues a trail of deadly evidence, uncovering complicity and guilt stretching from the slaughterhouse floor to the corporate boardroom. Racing against time before more are poisoned, the two come face to face with the shocking and elusive truth. And in their life and death search for answers, they rediscover the reasons they first fell in love. With trademark pulse pounding flair, Robin Cook delivers a cutting edge thriller, borrowing from today’s fears and tomorrow’s medical technology.


Technology and greed converge in this spine-tingling novel of medicine run amok by the bestselling master of medical suspense.

Deborah Cochrane and Joanna Meissner, graduate science students and close friends, spot a campus newspaper ad that promises to solve their financial problems: an exclusive, highly profitable fertility clinic on Boston’s North Shore is looking for egg donors. Deborah and Joanna figure they can do a good deed-help infertile couples-and earn money. Although rumors of a fellow student donor’s unexplained disappearance surface, the duo is not deterred.

The procedures seem to go smoothly. Deborah is particularly intrigued by the technology involved and by Dr. Spencer Windgate, the charismatic fertility expert responsible for the clinic’s success. But second thoughts and curiosity prompt the two women to find out more about the fate of their donated eggs. Stymied by the clinic’s veil of secrecy, Deborah and Joanna obtain employment there to continue their probe. Working under aliases, they soon discover the horrifying aims of Dr. Windgate’s research, immediately putting their lives-and their sanity-irrevocably at risk.

Posited on up-to-the-minute science, Shock finds Robin Cook at the uncertain crossroads of medical technology and ethics.


The world’s bestselling master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook skillfully combines human drama and high tech thrills with the latest breakthroughs and controversies of modern medicine. Now, in his most daring novel yet, a mysterious transmission from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean leads a crew of oceanographers and divers to a phenomenon beyond scientific understanding and a discovery that will change everything we know about life on earth…


What could the Shroud of Turin, a conservative Southern senator, and an entrepreneurial researcher have in common? Here politics, religion and bioscience collide in the latest novel from the master of the medical thriller. Senator Ashley Butler is a quintessential demagogue whose support of traditional American values includes a knee jerk reaction against virtually all biotechnologies. When he’s called on to chair a sub committee introducing legislation to ban new cloning technology, the senator views it as a keystone to his political future. As a consequence, Dr Daniel Lowell inventor of a technique that will take stem cell research up to the next level sees a barrier being raised before his biotech start up. These seemingly opposite personalities may clash during the Senate hearings, yet the two men share a common failing. Butler’s hunger for political power far outstrips his genuine concern for the unborn; while Lowell’s pursuit of massive personal wealth and celebrity overrides any real considerations for his patients’ well being. Further complicating their confrontation is the confidential news that Senator Butler has developed Parkinson’s disease which leads the senator and the researcher into a Faustian pact. But in attempting to utilise Lowell’s new technology prematurely, the therapy leaves the senator with the horrifying effects of temporal lobe epilepsy causing Seizures of the bizarrest order. Taken straight out of tomorrow’s headlines, ‘Seizure‘ is a cautionary tale for this age when new biotechnological discoveries are pulling us ever further into a promising yet frightening new world.

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