AUDIO

Pandemic

(Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, Bk. 11). 10 CDs. Books on Tape. Dec. 2018. 12 hrs. ISBN 9780525632559. $40. digital download. F
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Jack Stapleton is still a workaholic pathologist and medical examiner trying to banish the ghosts of his first wife and children. He is married to—and reports to—Laurie Montgomery, who is now the chief ME. Since his daughter with Laurie has been tentatively diagnosed with autism, Jack is looking for a new project to distract himself. The diversion he finds is the case of the subway death of a young woman, who went so quickly from healthy to moribund that her dying recalls similar rapid deaths on the subway during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Lethal? Yes. Contagious? Maybe. Influenza? No. Virus? Likely. George Guidall gives the narrative his usual masterly touch.
VERDICT The audio is highly recommended, though some longtime fans of the series may be disappointed that the characters are not as likable as they once were. But the autopsy descriptions and forensics are still interesting, the potential of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing is fascinating, and Guidall's narration keeps listener's interest and the plot moving along.

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