The prize in the title of this novel is one of the top awards in the world. The Nobel prize to be exact. It represents not only the monetary reward involved, but is one that brings world wide renown for the recipient. It is no wonder that it is a prize sought after by the people possibly in line for it with every means possible. Cooper’s book features one attempt to win the prize and all that it means with a titanic discovery in the medical field.
Pam Weller is a research associate at a large private laboratory who has been working at finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Logically following protocol she leads the group she is working with into discovering a substance that arrests Alzheimer’s and actually reverses it in early stage cases. Decidedly Nobel Prize area and which will allow Pam to get tenure and promotion at her work as well as notice for those in her group.
Eric Prescott is head of his own lab and has been working on achieving success against Alzheimer’s with the idea of the Nobel prize and the world wide fame that goes with it. He hears that Pam is getting ready to publish positive results on her findings and arranges a meeting with one of Pam’s assistants. The results of that meeting are the meat and bones of the book. How far will Prescott go in order to ascertain the Nobel prize for himself? The answer makes for an interesting, riveting read and an introduction to the competitive world of medical science. Very well done.
1/18 Paul Lane
THE PRIZE by Geoffrey M. Cooper. BookBaby (January 15, 2018). ISBN 978-1543912173. 240p.