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Pia Grazdani, the heroine of Cook's previous thriller, Death Benefit (2011), has relocated from New York to Colorado, where she's taken a job at Nano, a cutting-edge nanotechnology company. Though Pia thinks she's found a safe haven there, she begins to suspect that Nano might not be as transparent as the charismatic CEO, Zachary Berman, makes it out to be. While jogging on her lunch break, Pia stumbles across a Chinese man in cardiac arrest. She revives him and rushes him to the hospital only to have Zachary and Nano security guards spirit him right out of the ER. Wondering what the company could be hiding, Pia resolves to gain access to a secure building at Nano, even if it means having to get close to Zachary, whose infatuation with her borders on obsession. As in any Cook novel, the scientific details are fascinating, but here the characters are underdeveloped, and the constant objectification of Pia by almost every man who crosses her path wears thin.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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This accomplished if familiar medical thriller from bestseller Cook picks up the story of doctor-to-be Pia Grazdani after her horrific experiences in 2011's Death Benefit, which included being abducted and witnessing a colleague, Will McKinley, being shot in the head. Pia decides to defer her New York City residency in favor of taking a position with Nano, a Boulder, Colo., company on the cutting edge of nanotechnology research. Nano's development of "a microbivore-based antibacterial treatment" may help Will recover. To no reader's surprise, Nano's stereotypical evil businessman/scientist head, Zachary Berman, is prepared to jump across experimental ethics lines in pursuit of his own ends. Though Berman's company finds a way to enable "a man to survive a massive, normally lethal medical crisis apparently unharmed," Pia suspects that something more sinister is in the works. The concept of a young medico stumbling on a deadly conspiracy may have been fresh in 1977's Coma, but more than three decades later, there isn't much novelty left. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.