Death Benefit by Robin Cook


Book Description

Release Date: 2011
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. But when tragedy strikes in the lab, Pia, with the help of 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’ve 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?
Review –
I recently purchased the audio version of the newest book by Robin Cook entitled NANO and discovered that the main character in it was one I hadn’t encountered before but found out she was introduced in this book so I HAD to read it first. Like many of  his other works, this one is VERY medical and  I found myself looking up some of the words so I would have a better understanding of the complex but necessary storyline.  It was fast paced and hard to put down but now I’m ready to tackle the new book with gusto and knowledge of the Pia Grazdani character.

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