From The New York Times bestselling author of Oath of Office comes a gripping thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicineDr.
Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the "society doc." Lou has been supervising McHugh, formerly a black-out drinker, through his work with the Physician Wellness Office.
McHugh has been very cavalier about his recovery, barely attending AA and refusing a sponsor. But Lou sees progress, and the two men are becoming friends. Now, McHugh has been found unconscious in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Soon after McHugh awakens in the hospital ER, Colston's wife returns home to find her husband shot dead in their garage. She then admits to the police that she had just broken off a long-standing affair with McHugh.
Something about McHugh's story has Lou believing he is telling the truth, that the Congressman was dead when he arrived and before he blacked out. Lou agrees to look into matters, but when he encounters motive, method and opportunity he is hard pressed to believe in his friend - that is until a deadly high-level conspiracy begins to unravel, and Lou acquires information that makes him the next target.
©2012 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Medical mysteries are not usually my preference, however Dr. Welcome does not seem to fit into a medical mystery. He is more of a detective. I find him to be a very likable character along with Cap his AA sponsor. I enjoyed this book and I will try the next one.
I reserve 4-Stars and 5-Stars for the "I can't put them down page turners" This is not in that category, but I did find it an interesting premise.
With "Political Suicide," Palmer returns to his likable protagonist, Lou Welcome, from his prior novel, "Oath of Office." Only, you don't necessarily have to listen to "Oath of Office" first, as "Political Suicide" tells a new story. Palmer does, sometimes, fetch afar for his plots; and I am hoping that he has done so, again, with this one. I don't want to believe that a plot like this one could actually be hatched in the upper echelons of power. Without giving away any surprises -- in deference to those who don't like "spoilers" -- this story deals with a despicable way of leveling the playing field in the war on terror. Medicine -- Palmer's usual theme -- plays only a subsidiary part here, demonstrating Palmer's gradual move toward the political-thriller genre. Some of the characterizations in "Political Suicide" do stretch credibility a bit -- like lawyer Sarah Cooper's sudden transformation from nasty to nice -- but the cute plot twist at the end of the story ameliorated that weakness to a certain extent for me. As with "Oath of Office," narrator Robert Petkoff does a good job reading us "Political Suicide," clearly distinguishing all the characters from one another with different voices and accents. If you like thrillers, and don't mind suspending disbelief just a bit, I recommend "Political Suicide" to you.
Probably would not recommend as there are so many better options.
I have read other books by Palmer and was not disappointed.
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This novel was more on the macho side and less on the cerebral side. The characters were not well developed. Some of the medical information in the book was wrong.
Great audiobook! The storyline was perfect. I love Michael Palmer's writing style. The narrator was very good also. Very enjoyable and highly recommended!
The hero, Dr. Louis Welcome, is incredible. He puts himself in remarkably dangerous situations to help a mere acquaintance. Really? He sheds light on baffling mysteries by engaging in research that any competent law firm would engage in -- so why, exactly, aren't the lawyers doing it? He is able to outmaneuver an elite military unit (the green berets on steroids) -- well, how elite can this unit be, if a middle aged ER doc can break into their facilities? All in all, in-credible.
People who like comic books, might appreciate this book.
No. I've very much enjoyed other Michael Palmer books.
He's very good at making the different characters stand out distinctly.
This was just too much like a comic book. The characters are, at best, two dimensional. The protagonists are way too competent and successful, given their respective backgrounds. Though Palmer is a physician, the scanty medical elements are poorly handled. One key element is the death of someone from having their spinal cord transected by a quick head movement; it's never explained what could cause this. He also gives the impression that Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is a quickly fatal disease, when, in fact, it has a greater than 90% 5 year survival rate.
I listened to this on audio with narrator Robert Petkoff proving himself to be a master narrator.
The characters in this book is believable and is stereotypical enough to be familiar and at the same time unique enough to be interesting and human.
The conspiracy is intense. The story and plot line fast and logical. The medical part is for once underplayed and instead the conspiracy is at the foreground.
I liked the psychological aspect explored and the new friendships formed and the medical aspect being an integral part of the bigger story.
Some characters were eccentric and I loved that. The cat named Diversity was a very nice touch indeed.
All in all world building, character building and plot timing was exceptional. The narrator made a production out of the book that added to the story line and both the book and the narrator get a 5 * review from me.
Eric Damian Kelly
I was on a two-day car trip and it kept me awake for much of the trip, so that was good.
Plot was VERY contrived. Two educated people put themselves in ridiculous peril repeatedly with no back-up plan -- no one knowing where they were going or when they should be back. I can suspend my disbelief for one or two instances of that, but 8 or 10 in one book is WAY over the top. Parts of the plot were interesting and somewhat credible (use of drugs to control soldiers' behavior and reactions), but some of the activities that supposedly took place on military bases were beyond the pale. And the author's grasp of the American court system was thin at best -- he should have done more homework or just cut the courtroom scenes.
Not that I know of, but i would not turn away from his readings -- he rendered what he had just fine.
Not read or listen to Michael Palmer again.
Not really like the rest of his novels......but pretty good overall......I'm looking forward to a new one.....
"Easy and well read"
Easy to listen to we'll read I listen in the car to and from work no troublefollowing story
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