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Toxin (1997)

by Robin Cook

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Shortcuts at a local abattoir and burger restaurant result in a young girl becoming gravely ill from toxin. The girls father, a well-respected local cardiac surgeon, tries in vain to save her and then diverts his attention to finding the source of the contamination.

Another enjoyable medical thriller from Robin Cook. A little predictable and slow at times, but otherwise a recommended read. ( )
  PhillipThomas | Apr 13, 2017 |
Very suspensful. A bit scary, makes you wonder what's going on with the food we eat. Whether life and helath is less important then companies and peoples pocket books/ I now want to do research in the truth regarding North America, slaughter houses, and government agencies. ( )
  GailL | Apr 29, 2016 |
Amazon.com Review Just when you thought it was safe to eat a hamburger again, Robin Cook--master of medical mysteries, deadly epidemics, and creepy comas--returns with an all too likely villain drawn right from current headlines: the American meat industry. If you've ever wondered where the E. coli bacteria comes from, and exactly how it can ravage the human body, destroying everything in its path, this is the book for you. As usual, Cook delivers solid information, well-researched medical arcana, and a scathing indictment of managed health care. His protagonist, Kim Regis, is an all-too-typical ego-driven surgeon, whose arrogance and invulnerability set him up to be brought low by the deadly toxin that takes the life of his young daughter. Sparing no time and barely a paragraph to reflect on his loss, Regis goes right after the culprit, a meat-packing behemoth that brings dead and diseased animals to the slaughterhouse, breaking every health regulation in the book. The scenes set on the killing floor and in the boning rooms will make a vegetarian out of the most confirmed red-meat eater. Toxin is a heart-pounding thriller that hits very close to home. --Jane Adams From Library Journal Cook cooks up another medical thriller, with a bunch of E.coli bacteria as villain, an underdone hamburger as murder weapon, and a little boy as victim. His doctor-father soon discovers that something far more sinister than bad hygiene is the cause. A Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Mystery Guild main selection.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
I love this author's medical thrillers.

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Recently divorced surgeon Dr Kim Reggis is determined to remain a good father to his only child, Becky. One night he takes her to a fast-food restaurant for a feast of burgers and fries. But tragedy strikes when the young girl falls ill. She dies horrifically several days later as a result of poisoning by E.coli bacteria.
Everything suggests her death was the result of shoddy food-handling practices, but who is going to admit to that?
Frantic with grief, Kim throws all his energies into tracing the cause of the contamination. He is well prepared for bureaucratic indifference, but is soon met with terrifying violence as powerful vested interests conspire to discourage his enquiries.
Aided by his ex-wife, Kim pursues a deadly trail of complicity and guilt stretching from the slaughterhouse floor to the corporate boardroom. And, in a race against time before others are poisoned, they finally come face to face with the shocking and elusive truth.....meanwhile putting their own lives in extreme danger. ( )
  mazda502001 | Dec 4, 2009 |
Well, I have to say I enjoyed this book. However I have not eaten a Hamburger since. I recommended it to two of my friends who both read it aswell, although it hasn't affected their eating habits. ( )
  Geordie-Catie | Oct 22, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425166619, Mass Market Paperback)

Just when you thought it was safe to eat a hamburger again, Robin Cook--master of medical mysteries, deadly epidemics, and creepy comas--returns with an all too likely villain drawn right from current headlines: the American meat industry. If you've ever wondered where the E. coli bacteria comes from, and exactly how it can ravage the human body, destroying everything in its path, this is the book for you. As usual, Cook delivers solid information, well-researched medical arcana, and a scathing indictment of managed health care.

His protagonist, Kim Regis, is an all-too-typical ego-driven surgeon, whose arrogance and invulnerability set him up to be brought low by the deadly toxin that takes the life of his young daughter. Sparing no time and barely a paragraph to reflect on his loss, Regis goes right after the culprit, a meat-packing behemoth that brings dead and diseased animals to the slaughterhouse, breaking every health regulation in the book. The scenes set on the killing floor and in the boning rooms will make a vegetarian out of the most confirmed red-meat eater. Toxin is a heart-pounding thriller that hits very close to home. --Jane Adams

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Cardiac surgeon Dr. Kim Reggis, crazed that cost-cutting procedures at the hospital are keeping his daughter from getting the care he believes she needs to recover from E.coli bacterial poisoning, launches his own investigation into how and why the child got sick.… (more)

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