9 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Recorded Bks. 2010. ISBN 9781449832810. $102.75; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; 9 CDs. retail ed. Penguin Audio; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Cook's 30th novel follows Intervention (2009), also available from Recorded Books/Penguin Audio and read by multiple Audie Award winner George Guidall. Medical forensics, intrigue, Japanese yakuza and the American mafia, and kidnap consultants all figure into this extraordinary fictional treatise on international business, stem-cell research, and organized crime. Listeners will feel compelled to look further into the potential health impacts of pluripotent stem cell (iPS) research; they can visit Cook's official website,, for his take on the profits available to those who obtain iPS patents. Guidall masterfully reads this well-researched, expertly plotted thriller; highly recommended. ["A fascinating tale that never slows down," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Putnam hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 6/25/10.—Ed.]—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH

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