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‘Acceptable Risk’ by Robin Cook

Tuesday, July 12, 1994

Kimberly Stewart glanced at her watch as she went through the turnstile and exited the MBTA subway at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a few minutes before seven p.m. She knew she would be on time or only minutes late, but still she hurried. Pushing through the crowd milling about the news kiosk in the middle of the square, she half ran and half walked the short distance on Massachusetts Avenue before turning right on Holyoke Street.

Pausing to catch her breath in front of the Hasty Pudding Club building, Kimberly glanced up at the structure. She knew about the Harvard social club only in reference to the annual award it gave to an actor and an actress. The building was brick with white trim like most buildings at Harvard. She’d never been inside although it housed a public restaurant called Upstairs at the Pudding. This was to be her first visit….

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  • Hmmm. I’m not sure those opening lines grab me, but I don’t know what the book is about. Perhaps after checking out the synopsis they might appeal to me a little more.

    I’m currently 41% into the second volume of The Lion Trees. If I weren’t already engrossed in the story, the first line wouldn’t interest me – so I won’t bother sharing it here. 😉

    • I have to agree that those opening lines don’t really give too much away, however Robin Cook has been writing medical thrillers since way back in 1972, right up to the present day, to excellent critical acclaim.

      I read one or two of the earlier books when I was younger and have had a few more languishing on my shelves since then, which I have decided to try and catch up on, so I know exactly what I am going to get from the story.

      Definitely books to read with the light switched on!!

      I can’t believe how quickly you are rattling through ‘The Lion Trees’, I hope that is a good sign that you are enjoying it.

      Have a good weekend 🙂

      • Thinking back… Robin Cook wrote Coma, right? I read that years ago (and saw the film). I always put him and Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain) in the same category. I still have a couple of Crichton books on my shelf. Perhaps this will inspire me to dust them off.

        • I’m not quite so keen on Michael Crichton, although of course I have seen all the Jurassic Park films, along with everyone else.

          I can’t believe that the film of Coma, was released way back in 1978. I can remember the film scaring me witless at the time and I have never liked long, dimly lit hospital corridors ever since. Although I can also remember having a huge crush on Michael Douglas at the time, so not watching was out of the question 🙂

          I had no idea how many of Robin Cook’s books have actually been turned into films or TV series.

    • Hi Anne,

      I haven’t read a Robin Cook book for many years, however I’m sure it won’t take me long to get back into the swing of things.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Bev,

      I know this sounds awful, but I didn’t think that Robin Cook was still writing books. However it seems as though he has been publishing a new book each year without fail, either as a stand alone novel, or as part of his ongoing ‘Stapleton and Montgomery’ series.

      I have only ever read books from the stand alone selection, however I might well be tempted to try and catch up with ‘Stapleton and Montgomery., although maybe not going right back to the start of the series.


      Thanks for visiting this week, I always look forward to your comments 🙂

    • Hi Juli,

      Robin Cook has been writing medical thrillers since way back in the 1970s and is probably one of the, if not the, founding exponent of the genre.

      I haven’t read one of his books for several years now, this book ‘Acceptable Risk’, having been written in the 1990s and been on my bookshelf for ever.

      Once I am done with this one, I am sorely tempted to read one of Robin’s latest books, just to see how he has managed to adapt his writing style and storylines, to keep pace with todays medical jargon and technology and of course, the all important investigative procedures.



      I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      I guess that by comparison with today’s thriller writers, Robin’s style of delivery in his earlier books (he has been writing since way back in the 1970s), is quite pedestrian and structured. However, also being a fan of Agatha Christie, I am quite used to this delivery style and actually enjoy it from time to time.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      I don’t want to add any spoilers here for other folks, however if you click on the book cover image above and check out the full synopsis, then the book’s title secret will be revealed.

      The Hasty Pudding Club is very much a real place, although I didn’t read on past the first few lines, to discover exactly why Kimberly is on her way there …


      If I remember Robin Cook books from my past reading, they really don’t need to start with too much of a bang, to have me running scared from quite early on! ….

      Thanks for adding such an interesting comment, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

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