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The Patient

By: Michael Palmer
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
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Publisher's summary

His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center - and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.

Claude Malloche is a master assassin, more rumor than man, for whom murder is an art. No one can identity his face. Now Malloche has a deadly brain tumor, and he intends to have the best neurosurgeon in the world operate on it.

To ensure Jessie's cooperation, Malloche has devised a plan of intimidation that puts at risk her life and the lives of hundreds of innocent people. Neurosurgery requires nerves of steel, but in coming up with a scheme to fulfill her oath as a doctor while thwarting a diabolical killer, Jessie will be performing the most complex surgery of her career - on a knife-edge of terror.

©2011 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"[A] rip-roaring page-turner." (New York Post)

"The Patient might be [Palmer’s] most riveting book yet, leaving hardly enough time to take a breath." (Denver Post)

"The Patient is what Die Hard movies are made of: brilliantly nasty terrorists hectoring innocent folks, with only a wisecracking lone wolf to forestall." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)