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Robin Cook A Critical Companion by Lorena Laura Stookey, Kathleeen Gregory Klein


Robin Cook A Critical Companion by Lorena Laura Stookey, Kathleeen Gregory Klein

Like Arthur Conan Doyle before him, best-selling novelist Robin Cook has turned from the practice of medicine to that of writing popular suspense fiction. Widely recognized as the Master of the Medical Thriller, Cook uses the medium of the popular novel to address a range of social issues: environmental pollution, gender inequality in the workplace, the risks inherent in the common practice of secrecy in science research, and above all, the ramifications of medicine's transition from profession to corporate industry. This study analyzes in turn each of Cook's medical thrillers, from Coma toContagion. Following a biographical chapter, the genre chapter examines the ways in which Cook's medical thriller incorporates plotting conventions and strategies borrowed from such popular literary genres as the science fiction novel, the murder mystery, and the gothic romance. Each novel is then examined in a separate chapter with subsections on plot, character, and theme. Stookey also offers an alternative critical approach to the novel, which gives the reader another perspective from which to read and discuss the text. A complete bibliography of Cook's fiction, general criticism and biographical sources, and listings of reviews of each novel complete the work. The only study of one of America's most popular contemporary novelists, read by adults and young adults alike, this is a key purchase for schools and public libraries.

About the Author

LORENA LAURA STOOKEY is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses in mythology, poetry, and British literature./e She is also interested in writing in the sciences and in language theory.

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Publication date

24th September 1996


Lorena Laura Stookey, Kathleeen Gregory Klein

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Greenwood Press an imprint of ABC-CLIO


224 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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