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New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of harnessing DNA from ancestry websites to catch a killer in this timely and explosive new medical thriller.
When the body of twenty-eight-year-old social worker Kera Jacobsen shows up on Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery's autopsy table, at first it appears she was the victim of a tragic yet routine drug overdose. But for Laurie and her new pathology resident, the brilliant but enigmatic Dr. Aria Nichols, little things aren't adding up. Kera's family and friends swear she never touched drugs. Administrators from the hospital where Kera worked are insisting the case be shrouded in silence. And although Kera was ten weeks pregnant, nobody seems to know who the father was—or whether he holds the key to Kera's final moments alive.
As a medical emergency temporarily sidelines Laurie, impulsive Aria turns to a controversial new technique: using genealogic DNA databases to track down those who don't want to be found. Working with experts at a start-up ancestry website, she plans to trace the fetus's DNA back to likely male relatives in the hopes of identifying the mystery father. But when Kera's closest friend and fellow social worker is murdered, the need for answers becomes even more urgent. Because someone out there clearly doesn't want Kera's secrets to come to light . . . and if Aria gets any closer to the truth, she and Laurie might find themselves a killer's next targets.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Apr 19, 2020

It was a ok read. I enjoyed Robin Cook showing the way genealogists and the medical field can use DNA to build a family tree to find a suspect. I was left with an unforefilled feeling for the character Aria Nichols. I wish her character had been develped and explained more and also given more credit in the story.

Feb 29, 2020

A look into what the DNA can do through searching through you ancestors. Cook's two main characters (Jack and Laura) take a back seat to a strong willed woman who can not be bothered by their passion for their profession. Get's a little dull at times with trying to keep his Jack and Laura included in the story. Learned a lot about the DNA identification of relatives. Not one of his best

Feb 14, 2020

Great story. Held my interest to the last page.

Feb 10, 2020

Okay book but definitely not a fan of the ending!
Laurie Montgomery, New York City's chief medical examiner, has her usual full plate at work and at home: her office is under fire for a screwup involving cadavers with identical names; and her nine-year-old son is having trouble at school. In addition, a brilliant but difficult pathology resident, Aria Nichols, has been blowing off her residency. A sensitive case gives Montgomery the opportunity to work with Nichols. Social worker Kera Jacobsen has apparently died of an opioid overdose, and Jacobsen's boss at the city's Department of Pathology is hoping the autopsy can be handled discreetly. The discovery that Jacobsen was pregnant leads Nichols to pursue the father's identity, using unconventional genetic testing to do so. By opening with a depiction of a married man drugging Jacobsen, Cook eliminates any doubt of foul play

Dec 25, 2019

This was the first Robin Cook novel I've read. I wanted to read it because I had heard about the genetic genealogy angle in the story. It was captivating. I read the book in slightly over 24 hours!

Dec 18, 2019

While I realize that medical thrillers aren't for everyone, I truly enjoy them. I look forward to the new Robin Cook every time I see there is one coming out. This one did not disappoint! Mr.Cook clearly knows his stuff, and it up-to-date on the latest technologies. Plus, I love following the story of Jack & Laurie.

Dec 18, 2019

I have been reading Robin Cook’s medical thrillers for years. I really enjoyed this one and that it incorporates new and modern advances in genealogy. To use someone’s DNA and family tree to locate a suspect was very interesting.

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