Robin Cook Questions and Answers

Robin Cook

Chapter 1 is of course the introductory chapter. Cook introduces the hero (Jack), his profession, his major personality traits, the people he works with, the relationships he has with them, and the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 35, Jack hears the approach of Twin's guaranteed "someone to take care of things" right while he is frantically trying to dislodge the heavy cast iron and porcelein kitchen sink from the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2013, 3:34 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Starting on a personal note, the narrator conveys Jack's musings about Terese's unpredictability since she "agitated" him because she seemed attractive one moment and off-putting the next. Jack's...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Still using the subway because he hadn't bought a bike Saturday, in Chapter 23 Jack enters The Medical Examiners Building to see a full ID (body identification) waiting room. Vinnie tells him that...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

The two most important main characters at the outset of the story are Jack and Terese. Laurie enters in as a significant character later on as does Richard. Jack is the protagonist who used to be...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2013, 2:34 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 33 is a shocker and we find out why we are not fond of Terese for it is she who bursts angrily through Richrad's door as his accomplice in spreading contagion. And why does she play with...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2013, 1:11 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

The main events in Chapter 34, though it is a long chapter, are rather few. Richard and Terese awaken in the house in the Catskill with very uncomfortable cold symptoms that, at one point, cause...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2013, 3:00 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Jack had plotted to lure the person behind Frazer Labs--the group that ordered the plague pathogens from National Biologicals--out into the open so he could at least identify them. In Chapter 32,...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 7:25 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 25 focuses on advancing the two threads that will ultimately lead to the who or what, how and why behind the spread of the contagions of the infectious diseases of plague, tularemia and...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Jack Stapleton has three hobbies in Contagion: running, bicycling, basketball playing. Starting with biking, he cycles to work at the Office of the Medical Examiner every morning down what he calls...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2013, 11:39 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 27, Beth still doesn't answer her phone when Jack calls first thing in the morning. Jack is followed by Slam, the protection Warren promised he would have, as Jack takes the subway in to...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013, 6:07 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 31, the answers to who or what, how and why the infectious disease contagions are occurring at Manhattan General are gaining momentum as more pieces of information come to Jack's...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 4, "Wednesday, 2:05 P.M., March 20, 1996," we hear a conversation between Chet and Jack that is designed to tell us a little more detail about Jack. As a side note, technically, this an...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013, 1:22 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 7 of Contagion is another chapter that has a changed point of view. Point of view is provided by the character through whom the narrator focuses events and other characters behaviors. The...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 2 introduces one of Cook's routine changes in point of view (a stylistic pattern he shares with John le Carre) by going to Colleen and Terese at Willow and Heath advertising agency....

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 18 picks up from Chapter 16 during which Jack discovers the rickettsial infectious disease Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Rickettsias are extremely contagious and dangerous to laboratory...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 5, Jack goes to Manhattan General, now owned by AmeriCare, in his capacity as Medical Examiner, an intimidating law enforcement capacity as witnessed by his examiner's badge, to inspect...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013, 12:02 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 22 develops Jacks internal conflict about the solitude and social ostracism he has inflicted on himself in a sort of self-penance for, as we learn in this chapter, an event he feels is his...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 26 focuses on what faces Beth Holderness, form the microbiology laboratory of Manhattan General, and exposes some of the conspiracy behind the contagions while complicating Jack's danger....

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 28 ends in cross-fire action in a pharmacy. It begins with strained agitation in Jack's fifth floor office in the Medical Examiners building. Jack can make no progress on the case work he...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Jack goes through a lot more events in Chapter 29 than we can accompany him through. This chapter is important because information starts to come in; events escalate; people find the ultimate ends...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 2:09 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

While the choice of the Corinthian Rug Company and its proprietor, Jason Papparis, initially seems entirely arbitrary, as Robin Cook’s Vector proceeds, it is revealed that Papparis is targeted...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2014, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 30, Officer Magoginal tells Jack that he and Sergeant Murphy followed him from the Medical Examiners building, which teaches Jack that evading detection is harder than he thought. On the...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013, 2:36 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 9 returns us to Colleen and Terese, the advertising representatives for National Health hospital, the competitor against Manhattan General. In an interesting sequence, Cook presents...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013, 2:35 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Despite the length of Chapter 16 of Contagion and its wealth of detail, there are only a few new things added to the story. Jack goes in early to the Medical Examiner's Lab and finds that three new...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 1:40 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 17 of Contagion returns to Willow and heath advertising firm. Helen, the account representative for National Health hospital, which is the competitor of Manhattan General hospital, has...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 8 increases the Jack's personal conflict. There are several conflicts in Contagion. The most obvious conflict is the external conflict between the medical examiner team, especially Jack,...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 21 opens on Saturday morning at Terese's apartment where she woke Jack periodically per doctor's orders to check for signs of neurological damage after being knocked out cold. Terese goes...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

That's a very interesting question. It seems the gangs have an overt role and an implied role. Their overt roles are their importance to Jack and to the plot of the story. Warren's gang, the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2013, 12:11 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 10 of Contagion, the hero medical examiner, Jack, rides his bike in to work in the morning to discover a TV news crew in front of the office. He then discovers that overnight three...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2013, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 13 Terese and Colleen talk about having met Jack and Chet and evaluate how the initial on their new ad campaign for National Health emphasizing honoring the Hippocratic Oath is...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 10:02 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 14 finds Jack in his fifth floor office with Chet first thing in the morning. The first thing Jack wants to do is get to work and call Susanne Hard's husband to question him about possible...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Terese and Colleen meet Jack and Chet for dinner after work. The structure of this chapter weakens since Collen essentially vanishes along with a mysteriously non-present meal, during the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 9:22 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 19 of Contagion is where Jack begins to see his life with a new perspective. It starts when Jack is with Chet at Willow and Heath advertising agency and it ends in his apartment kitchen....

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 4:44 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 19, Jack was knocked out cold by intruders who were paid to warn him to stay away from Manhattan General hospital. In Chapter 20, Jack comes to and regains consciousness; he comes to...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

This is a very complex question because there are many many characters who are roughly divided into three groups: (1) the group of medical and advertising professionals with whom Jack works or...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2013, 3:18 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

The first three chapters of Contagion set up Jack's present life, which we enter full-blown after he has suffered several tragic events that we learn about later. We are introduced to Jack as a...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 11 presents, in a short chapter, another point of view change as Cook takes us to Manhattan General hospital, Donald Lagenthorpe and Dr. Doyle. Lagenthorpe is "a thirty-eight-year-old...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 2:57 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 6 "Wednesday 4:05 P.M., March 20, 1996" takes a step back from Jack and provides a different point of view on the situation. This means that the narrative focus switches from Jack's...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013, 9:29 am (UTC)

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Robin Cook

In Chapter 12 Jack undertakes the autopsy of Susanne Hard, a woman who died at Manhattan General in the maternity ward after delivering her baby through a cesarean section birth. Clint, whom Jack...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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Robin Cook

Chapter 13 is the follow-up to the night out enjoyed by Terese and Colleen, of the Madison Avenue advertising firm, during which they meet Jack and Chet and find inspiration for an updated National...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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