Toxin

Toxin

Book - 1998
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Penguin Putnam
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.


Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
When his daughter, Becky, becomes ill from bacterial poisoning, Dr. Kim Reggis, a cardiac surgeon, is determined to track down the cause, no matter what the cost

Baker
& Taylor

When his daughter, Becky, becomes ill from bacterial poisoning, the deadly E. coli bacteria, cardiac surgeon Kim Reggis is determined to track down the cause, no matter what the cost, and follows a deadly trail of corruption, ignorance, and red tape to the highest levels of the meat industry. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1998
ISBN: 9780425166611
0425166619
9780399143168
0399143165
Characteristics: 357 p.

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mortansmith
Apr 16, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this page turner, except it was a father/daughter outing that starts the story, not father/son.

lms Feb 27, 2011

A physician's worst nightmare comes true when his child dies from eating tainted meat in a fast food restaurant. Vowing that this will never happen again, the physician investigates the meat industry supplying the fast food chain and uncovers unethical cover-ups between meat producers and governments sworn to monitor food safety standards.

While Cook's ability to translate science into readable fiction is far less effective than someone like Michael Crichton - this is a fast, well reviewed read for lovers of medical fiction.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

The usual - very good idea and plot but poor character development and dialogue.

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