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Miracle Cure

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Miracle Cure

A husband and wife race to find a cure for the disease that has inspired a serial killer to terrorize Manhattan in this classic medical thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.
They're one of the country's most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York's hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds—threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time.
In a clinic on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. One by one, they're being targeted by a serial killer. And now Michael has been diagnosed with the disease. There's only one cure, but many ways to die...
A husband and wife race to find a cure for the disease that has inspired a serial killer to terrorize Manhattan in this classic medical thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.
They're one of the country's most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York's hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds—threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time.
In a clinic on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. One by one, they're being targeted by a serial killer. And now Michael has been diagnosed with the disease. There's only one cure, but many ways to die...
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    Table of Contents

    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Dedication


    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Chapter 16

    Chapter 17

    Chapter 18

    Chapter 19

    Chapter 20

    Chapter 21

    Chapter 22

    Chapter 23

    Chapter 24

    Chapter 25


    EPILOGUE

    Teaser chapter

    A Note from the Author

    Okay, if this is the first book of mine you're going to try, stop now. Return it. Grab another. It's okay. I'll wait.

    If you're still here, please know that I haven't read Miracle Cure in at least twenty years. It is my second published novel, one I wrote in my early twenties when I was just a naive lad working in the travel industry and wondering if I should follow my father and brother go to (shudder) law school.

    I'm hard on it, but aren't we all hard on our early stuff? Remember that essay you wrote when you were in school, the one that you got an A plus on, the one your teacher called "inspired"—and one day you're going through your drawer and you find it and you read it and your heart sinks and you say, "Man, what was I thinking?"

    That's how it is with early novels sometimes. This one is a bit preachy in spots and sometimes dated (though in truth, I wish the medical stuff was more dated, but that's another matter). You might think I based part of this on a "real-life" situation. I didn't. This book predates that event. I won't say more because it could be a spoiler.

    Finally, flawed and all, I love this book. There are an energy and risk-taking in Miracle Cure that I wonder if I still have. I'm not this guy anymore, but that's okay. None of us is stagnant with our passion and our work. That's a good thing.

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    PRAISE FOR HARLAN COBEN AND HIS BESTSELLING NOVELS

    "Coben again keeps the reader off-balance with innovative story lines and diabolical bad guys."

    People


    "More twists and turns than an amusement park ride."

    USA Today


    "Every time you think Harlan Coben couldn't get any better at uncoiling a whip snake of a page-turner, he comes along with a new novel that somehow surpasses its predecessor."

    San Francisco Chronicle


    "An exhilarating, bang-up Porsche Turbo of a novel that you absolutely will not put down."

    —Dennis Lehane


    "Coben twists story lines into psychological thrill rides. The pages flip so fast, it's a wonder you don't develop paper cuts."

    The Orlando Sentinel


    "Truly surprising."

    Entertainment Weekly


    "The action unfolds with the intensity of TV's 24. . . . Nobody writes them better than Coben."

    —The Associated Press


    "Lively, fast-moving entertainment, jam-packed with the bizarre plot twists that are his stock-in-trade."

    The Washington Post


    "Coben is one of the best authors around at writing page-turning suspense.... He has a knack for hooking readers right away and holding their interest as they zoom through his plots."

    Chicago Sun-Times


    "Most thriller authors only wish they could write like Coben. The guy has a way of grabbing you from the first paragraph and never turning you loose till the ashes have settled. Coben takes chances; he pulls no punches."

    The Madison...

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    September 2, 1991
    Coben ( Play Dead ) adroitly applies the fundamental rules of thrillerdom (offer a raft of potential villains; keep the action moving at breakneck speed) in this highly entertaining novel about a conspiracy apparently designed to prevent the development of a cure for AIDS. When one of a trio of research scientists on the brink of coming up with an AIDS antidote dies, it looks like suicide, but TV journalist Sara Lowell and her husband, NBA star Michael Silverman, who are friends of the clinic's founder, think otherwise. Their suspicions are confirmed when several clinic patients, including the son of a U.S. senator, are murdered. A televangelist with his own agenda, Sara's prominent physician father, and a high-ranking government official all seem intent upon derailing the AIDS research, a situation that becomes most personal when Michael is diagnosed with the disease. Police lieutenant ``Twitch'' Bernstein, a closet homosexual, ultimately comes face-to-face with the person responsible for the killings. The final revelation of the identity of the master conspirator comes as a real surprise. This page-turner also raises some interesting questions about medical research and its funding.

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