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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

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Unusual story line...

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 12-18-12

Medical / Military / Political / Legal Thriller

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.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Not bad but some silly plotting

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably would not recommend as there are so many better options.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Palmer again?

I have read other books by Palmer and was not disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not as Good as the First Novel

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • pa
  • 01-16-13

Another Michael Palmer Thriller!

Great audiobook! The storyline was perfect. I love Michael Palmer's writing style. The narrator was very good also. Very enjoyable and highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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All talk, little action

What would have made Political Suicide better?

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Literary Suicide

What disappointed you about Political Suicide?

It is hard to get excited about a mystery protagonist with as many weaknesses as Lou Welcome. I know, it is bad writing to have a perfect protagonist but making Welcome a recovering alcoholic, drug addict doctor would seem to cover that. But, making him impulsive, undisciplined and stupid is over the top. Maybe there are doctors out there with those traits, but I hope I don't run into one. <br/><br/>I guess we were suppose to believe that he only blunders around out of control and does stupid stuff like leaving the only evidence that will help his friend under his socks (did I mention he lives in a "dodgy" neighborhood?), but somehow is a different person as a doctor? Speaking of which, he appears to be the least successful doctor of all time (surprise, surprise). His addictions tanked his marriage, but after 10 years, he is still struggling to make ends meet due to paying child support? Fortunately, he has won his daughter over after all that time...although it is hard to see why. He works double shifts while allowing his ex-wife to cart their daughter around to all of her events and goes into a panic when the daughter contemplates coming to live with him instead of her mother.<br/><br/>Instead he gets a cat...and names it "Diversity". This is just one of the lame excuses Michael Palmer uses to push his political philosophy. Apparently, living in a diverse neighborhood, having a pet named "Diversity" and eating vegetarian pizzas balances the major fissures in Welcome's character and intelligence. And speaking of pushing political philosophies, the police and military characters are such caricatures that they are only missing handlebar mustaches while tying Nell to the railroad track.<br/><br/>So if you are anti-military and police, love sustainable pizza and are willing to overlook overwhelming character flaws in the "hero" and major logic flaws in the plot, you should love this.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Palmer again?

I have read other books by Michael Palmer and while I thought they were a little slow, I liked his writing style enough that I bought another one. Audible lets you return bad books, so I might try one again to see if this is a fluke...or the other was.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Clearly I was disappointed that Palmer decided to promote his political position while phoning in plot and characters.

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  • Claire
  • United States
  • 05-06-15

Good Listen.

Usual excellent Michael Palmer offering. Lots of twists and turns and superb dialog. Well offered and well read. A must read.

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  • Vicki
  • New Albany, IN, United States
  • 08-12-14

A Little Below Michael Palmer's Standards

What did you love best about Political Suicide?

I love political novels and I love medical novels and this combines the two.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Michael Palmer is one of my favorite authors and this book is better than most other authors' books, but it definitely falls below Palmer's usual standards. A little slow and unimaginative in spots, I would still take it over most other authors. If you have never read Michael Palmer, you will love it. If you are a Michael Palmer fan, you might be a little disappointed.

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  • 05-16-14

YOUR WELCOME, LOU

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a good series that offers an insight of an ER doctor struggling to make life right

What did you like best about this story?

Doctor Lou's character in total

What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

Job well done

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Whatever it takes! Mantis

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  • douglas
  • 04-13-13

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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  • faye
  • 02-21-15

Not bad but somewhat unbelievable

starts off well but slips into silliness. You can imagine that the experiments propping up the story do go on, however, the surrounding events are unbelievable and, personally, I think spoil the book. However, if you are one for "action" this may be something you will like.
the narrator is fine, nothing jars and the female portrayals are as good as the male. I found it easy to distinguish between the character's voices, which is not always the case. I will probably get another of Mr Palmer's books, but have to say, this is not one I will listen to again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful