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Abduction by Robin Cook
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The Best First Book Ever by Richard Scarry
The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook
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The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
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Envy by Sandra Brown
Fondling Your Muse by John Warner
Forbidden Freedom by Cheddi Jagan
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst
The Lesson of the Master by Henry James
Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home! by Hans de Beer
The Magic of Encouragement by Stephanie Marston
Mantra and the Modern Man by Prabha Duneja
Marmalade's Yellow Leaf by Cindy Wheeler
Mortal Fear by Robin Cook
Mr. Meebles by Jack Kent
My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
Never Nosh a Matzo Ball by Sharon Kahn
Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
The Princess Goes West by Nan Ryan
Skye Cameron by Phyllis A. Whitney
A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve
Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown
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Mortal Fear: 07/08/07

Envy

Even after reading a half dozen books by Robin Cook, I'm still not sure how I feel about him as an author. Some of his books I adore (Sphinx, for instance) and some of them I want to throw across the room (Chromosome 6). Mortal Fear was one of those enjoyable Cook thrillers that where the characters were more or less competent and believable and the mystery plausible enough to be interesting and entertaining.

Mortal Fear's mystery unfolds in a manner reminiscent of Coma (without the overt sexism, thankfully). The story follows the first couple of victims as the routine becomes the bizarre and then the deadly. From their deaths we meet the hero of the story, Dr. Jason Howard who finds himself in the middle of a puzzling rise in deaths at his practice. Why are people who are coming in for routine physicals dropping dead only weeks later?

As with Chromosome 6 the secret lies within genetic engineering but the methods employed are more grounded in reality and less reliant on old school science fiction. Even though I figured out the basics of the plot before Dr. Howard, I still enjoyed following along as he tried to figure things out. My only complaint is that Howard didn't have much of the usual chutzpah of the typical thriller hero; when people tell him no, he stops!

I'm currently finishing up Abduction which is unfortunately somewhere between Chromosome 6 and Mortal Fear. I'm still not sure how I'm going to review it. Stay tuned.

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