Political Suicide

Political Suicide

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by Michael Palmer

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A physician accused of murder. A massive cover-up. An entire nation at risk…In Political Suicide, New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer once again delivers a stunning page-turner set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science.

Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the "society doc," calls

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A physician accused of murder. A massive cover-up. An entire nation at risk…In Political Suicide, New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer once again delivers a stunning page-turner set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science.

Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the "society doc," calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic. A patient of his, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Elias Colston, has been found shot to death in his home—soon after McHugh paid him a visit.

"OUTSTANDING"—Suspense Magazine

Did McHugh kill Colston? He has no recollection of committing a crime because, later that same night, McHugh wrecked his car in an alcoholic stupor. As more facts come to light, Lou has serious doubts about his friend's innocence. But something about McHugh's story still doesn't add up…and soon a shocking truth is revealed.

"Plenty of chills and spills."—Kirkus Reviews

With the help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for mistrusting doctors, Lou enters a dangerous game of cat and mouse and finds himself at the dead center of a conspiracy—one that extends to the highest levels of government, and could destroy the very fabric of national security.

"Palmer writes terrific medical suspense, and he has thrown political intrigue into the mix."—Associated Press

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“When you open the pages of a Michael Palmer novel, you know you are in the hands of a pro. This author knows how to weave a plot and keep the action coming, and the readers know it won't all fall apart at the end. Such is definitely the case with Political Suicide. Each page adds a new dimension to the characters and a new revelation to the plot. It is action/mystery reading at its best. Palmer just keeps delivering good stories, one right after the other.” —Huffington Post

“This book goes from great to outstanding…a definite keeper!” —Suspense Magazine

“Plenty of chills and spills.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Palmer writes terrific medical suspense, and he has thrown political intrigue into the mix…fans won't be disappointed.” —Associated Press

“Michael Palmer once again delivers an adrenaline-pumped political and medical action thriller... Palmer fans will not be disappointed in this suspenseful and realistic, fast-paced whodunit.” —Jewish Journal

“A must-read for fans of political intrigue.” —Fort-Worth Star Telegram

“The military conspiracy is frightening, while Lou's interactions with his daughter and his blossoming romantic interest in a tough attorney provide some breaks from the merciless pace of the investigation. Suspend disbelief that an ER doctor can, or should, attempt some of these actions and enjoy the ride.” —RT Book Reviews

“Michael Palmer mixes politics, medical science, and the military to create another suspenseful medical thriller.” —Examiner.com

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Palmer soft-pedals his usual medical agenda in his disappointing second Dr. Lou Welcome thriller (after 2011’s Oath of Office). Lou, who was once in treatment for amphetamine and alcohol dependence, receives a distress call from a close doctor friend, Gary McHugh, whose struggles with alcohol Lou has been overseeing at the Washington, D.C., Physician Wellness Office. The police are about to arrest Gary for the shooting murder of Congressman Elias Colston, the chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, with whose wife, Jeannine, Gary had been having an affair. Gary, drunk, had gone to Colston’s Maryland home to see Jeannine, but found Colston’s body instead. Lou, who sets out to exonerate his friend, even though Gary’s lawyer warns him off the case, stumbles into trouble and lucks his way out in an investigation that points to a supersecret mission known as Operation Talon. The unoriginal military action scenes will leave fans of that subgenre rolling their eyes. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
Political, legal, military and medical mayhem all rolled up into a bite-size package--well, for those who take big bites, anyway. The too-perfectly named Louis Francis Welcome, M.D., who figured in the prolific Palmer's last novel, Oath of Office (2012), has his work cut out for him. Formerly an emergency room doctor, his practice now involves leading addicted docs through the cure. "What I have is a handful of doctors who are in terrific, solid recovery," he proudly notes. But he hadn't reckoned with Gary McHugh, an M.D. determined to drink the Potomac dry and seemingly unconcerned with the whole business of healing himself before setting to work on the society dames of Washington. Alas, there's the rub: A congressman turns up dead, and McHugh has, well, been treating said congressman's wife with a little too much bedside manner. But there's more to it than that: There are Black Ops dudes crawling around everywhere, their tans freshly sprayed on to blend into the wilds of Afghanistan but not be out of place inside the well-groomed confines of the Beltway, either. Why would they want anyone but the Taliban dead? Well, that's just one question that resonates through this book, which is surely less formulaic than it could be while still honoring all the hard-boiled conventions of the political-thriller genre. Palmer is no Trevanian, but he handles his story with confidence, and he can write a sentence. Best of all, he has the good grace to let Welcome bow out here and there to let other players on the good-guy team shine, chief among them a legal beagle who won't take no for an answer, not even when Navy SEALs are on the issuing end. A competent entertainment; nothing to think about overmuch, but with plenty of chills and spills.

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Meet the Author

MICHAEL PALMER is the author of nineteen novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. In addition, Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, and chemical dependency. He lives in eastern Massachusetts. His books include Resistant, Oath of Office, The Second Opinion, and A Heartbeat Away.

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Political Suicide 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Richard_Mabry More than 1 year ago
When I began reading Michael Palmer's books, they were primarily medical thrillers. Since this is the same genre in which I write, we became cyber-friends, and I've continued to read and enjoy his work. I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Reading Copy of Political Suicide, and think Michael's work is getting better as time goes on. Although he's now writing more about political situations and less about medicine (although the protagonist is a physician), he hasn't lost any of his ability to keep the reader turning pages. I guessed right along with him as the plot unfolded, and although I pride myself on not being surprised, I didn't even come close to predicting the end of this one. If you're a fan of thrillers, I recommend Political Suicide. Join recovering alcoholic physician Dr. Lou Welcome, but first, buckle your seat belt. It's a fast ride.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
If you have read Oath of Office by Michael Palmer, you will recognize Dr. Lou Welcome as the main character in his new book, Political Suicide. The author has drifted away from his medical mysteries and into the political thriller genre. Even if you haven’t read Oath of Office, Political Suicide is absolutely a stand-alone read.      Lou’s work with doctors recovering form drug or alcohol abuse once again leads him to precarious circumstances in his attempts to help one of his patients. When Dr. Gary McHugh is about to get arrested for the murder of a congressman, he calls Lou for help. Dr. McHugh declares his innocence, but admits he was in an alcohol blackout.  What starts out as a murder mystery quickly turns into much more with an intricate thriller plot with a military angle.  Lou’s family is again an important part of the story, and his daughter Emily is back in this story. When the doctor finds himself in dangerous circumstances, his mind always goes to thoughts of Emily. Those thoughts give him the strength to endure and survive.  His best friend, Cap, is back again and takes an important role in the story.  There are also several new characters that I suspect we will see again in another upcoming book. There is plenty of action as the story explores rogue military actions, questionable medical research, and twists and turns along the way that were totally unexpected. This is another great book by Michael Palmer and I recommend it for anyone who likes a fast-paced thriller with interesting and strong characters..
Cadia More than 1 year ago
This was a easy read like all of his books . I love the people in his books and hope that he uses them again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but not much character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book...I Give it a 5 Star rating !
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dr. Lou Welcome from Oath of Office returns and finds himself in a heap of trouble. A desperate phone call from his client and friend, Dr. Gary McHugh, just starts the ball rolling. McHugh is a blackout drunk and Dr. Welcome has been trying to help him. It seems McHugh was found unconscious in his wrecked car just down the road from the home of Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. As he wakes up in the hospital he hears the Congressman has been murdered. He needs Lou to help him figure out exactly happened. Lou doesn’t believe that his friend would kill anyone so he agrees to do a little investigating never knowing the huge conspiracy he was about to unravel or that he was putting a enormous target on his back. I could not put this book down! A Spectacular Political Suspense Thriller!!  The political twists and turns in both the government and the military are absolutely scary. While you know the plot can in no way be true, Palmer writes in such a way that that makes the reader almost believe this fiction is fact.  I found my heart racing and breathing quicken as he takes us on Dr. Lou Welcome’s spellbinding adventure. At times Welcome seems almost superhuman but the addition of attorney Sarah Cooper tempers and grounds him a bit, keeping him real in the reader’s mind. He also gets a little help from some unexpected places. This story is extremely complex with many levels as it evolves but Palmer makes it very easy to follow. The most confusing for me was the area of Washington D.C. and where the military compounds and armories are located. But with a story as faced paced as this one locations seem to just fall away as the action continues. While this seems to be the second in what I hope with become a Lou Welcome series, it reads alone just fine. Palmer does tease us a bit at the end with what should be in the next installment. The first book Oath of Office did make my Best of 2012 list so I recommend you read that one as well. 
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
I have not read any other books by Michael Palmer but am very glad I read this one.  The author immediately sets the stage for this story in the first chapter where Dr. Gary McHugh identifies the situation and is very clear that he is an innocent man.  But can he prove his innocence?  It will not be easy because he was at the murder scene, he drinks heavily and so many other pieces of evidence are stacked against him.  And how has been murdered?  A US Congressman.   This story has it all - murder, mystery, affairs, conspiracy, military secrets, divorce, rebellious teen, detectives, coverups, deception, drug cartels and more.  The major characters are Dr. Gary McHugh (the accused), Dr. Welcome (a professional who offers assistance to medical professionals who struggle with mental disease, depression etc...) and there is Sarah Cooper, the attorney who takes on Dr. McHugh's case. I don't want to give away any spoilers but this book will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  You will not want to put it down because every chapter has something you just can't miss.  And the end is not anything you could have imagined - it is a shocker right to the end.  Definitely a 5 star read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite novel of his
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Have you ever wanted an inside look at the unspoken missions of the marines?  Do you wonder how many people are involved when decisions are made in the military?  This political thriller not only takes you behind the scenes, but the reader feels a part of the investigation as the clues are unraveled at just the right pace.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was excited about the Lou Welcome series w/ Oath of Office but Political Suicide was disappointing. Poor character development and a canned plot. Will not buy another of this series.
Arlene70AL More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting book. Not an ending you will easily guess. Lots of intrigue and covering up. A really good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy medical mysteries, you will love Michael Palmer. Dr Lou Welcome is a recurring charachter with past demons now helping others with their own demons. I love this charachter and hope to see him again in the future.
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heather_lynn38 More than 1 year ago
so far its good..I have been a fan of his for awhile...Yes I would read other books by him I have in the past...so far i think it would do good in a book club actually any of his books would be great with a book club
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In tallstars revenge but im locked out of there so i cant do a thing!