Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die - until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. Sam begs to end his life, but Julie sees hope in a life together. With the help of an organization that opposes physician-assisted suicide, Julie has Sam coming around to her point of view when he suddenly dies from an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress - in fact, it appears that Sam had been literally scared to death.
As Julie investigates similar cases, she finds a frightening pattern...and finds herself the target of disturbing threats. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate, until she is accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down whoever is behind these mysterious deaths...but time is running out as someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her.
A riveting medical thriller, Mercy will leave listeners breathless with twists and turns leading up to its explosive conclusion, from New York Times best-selling author Michael Palmer and his son, acclaimed suspense novelist Daniel Palmer.
©2016 Daniel Palmer (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
"Ample, plausible twists combined with well-developed characters add up to a superior thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Mercy is written by thriller novelist Daniel Palmer who is the son of Dr. Michael Palmer. Dr. Michael Palmer, who died 2.5 years ago, was a physician and a long time author of medical thrillers. The author uses his dad's name on the book but his dad was not an author of the novel.
Mercy is an outstanding medical thriller which was released this week. I deals with "mercy" killings which may be done for autruistic reasons with the patient's consent or to increase medical organization profit since "mercy" killings drastically reduce the cost of end of life care. The protagonist is ICU physician Julie Devereux. There are two unexpected twists near the end.
I highly recommend Mercy as an exceptionally good medical thriller.
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
I have always loved Michael Palmer books. I discovered them when new Robin Cook books were not released fast enough. I really cannot tell the difference between Robin Cook and Michael Palmer. Now Daniel Palmer has joined the mix and it was as smooth as any transition to a new author could be. My only complaint (and the reason for a 4 instead of a 5) is that the theme of this book (conspiracy between hospitals/insurance companies to increase profits) is a little overdone. Although I still enjoy them, I would really like to see another twist added. Having said that, the characters were really good, even if (as usual), I wanted to scream at Julie for not recognizing what was happening sooner and doing something about it. In some ways, these books are a little of a stretch in providing that the evil people always know every move, every conversation, and almost every thought of the protaginists. At times, I felt like saying "NOT AGAIN," because so much of the plot is completely predictible. I must say, however, I still enjoy them and will continue to listen to them, even if they are sometimes a little repeititive and predictible. Without spoiling anything, I was pleased to see the author was not afraid to introduce some realism (death) into the mix without becoming maudlin. Highly recommend to anyone who, like me, has become hooked on these medical novels.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a realistic mystery which provides a peek inside the lives of doctors practicing medicine today as it pieces together a confounding puzzle.
As with most medical thrillers it was fascinating to learn about the science and administration of medical care.
I can't honestly choose one favorite character.
I like mysteries with 'every (wo)man' protagonists, people without the benefit of a long-suffering but generously helpful friend in the police department or a person with the authority to grant them accesses and information. Mercy had such and also included the burden of our current environment in which it is all to easy to monitor and track anyone without their permission or knowledge. Lastly, the underlying premise - the right to die - provided a basis for reviewing the complexities of medical care in the United States.
I was so saddened at the death of Michael Palmer. Daniel certainly took up where his father left off. Michael Palmer has always been one of my most favorite authors. I believe now I will become a dedicated fan of Daniels. the story held the same twists and turns and what appears to be medical accuracy so that I could stay on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.
Ethically provoking, medically intriguing, and literarilly thrilling, I will keep returning to Michael Palmer's works!
This book was great many twist and turns some predictable other not. This book is more realistic than expected, having a female protagonist really gives the book a fresh new feel. Also this book raises many ethical questions that many in the health care field face on a day to day bases. Great book for those who love medical thrillers
An interesting story. I really enjoy medical mysteries, however this was too drawn out until about the last ten chapters. The narration was poor with mispronunciation of multiple medical terms.
i didnt lilw this book from the beginning. i hung in there and then had to return it. no interest in finishing. horrible scenes i wish i hadnt read to begin with. not sure of the good reviews...not for me!
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