Political Suicide

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Overview

A massive cover-up gone awry

A prominent physician accused of murder

Uncovering the truth could put the entire country at risk

 Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic, certain he is about to be arrested for murder. McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Chairman of the House Armed ...

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Overview

A massive cover-up gone awry

A prominent physician accused of murder

Uncovering the truth could put the entire country at risk

 Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic, certain he is about to be arrested for murder. McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Elias Colston. Soon after McHugh leaves, Colston’s wife returns home to find her husband shot to death in their garage. McHugh has no recollection of committing the crime and no one who would possibly believe in his innocence, other than Lou. As more facts come to light, even Lou has serious doubts. But something about McHugh’s story nags at him and as he looks into matters, pieces of the puzzle don’t point to his friend’s guilt so definitively. 

With the help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for hating doctors, Lou finds himself at the center of a deadly, high-level conspiracy where the difference between right and wrong is a matter of interpretation, and the words “whatever it takes” have a chilling meaning. If Lou and Sarah don’t uncover the real reasons Colston is dead, they may not survive themselves, and the entire country could be at risk for attacks that could destroy the very fabric of national security.

Once again, bestselling author Michael Palmer proves that he is the king of suspense in this page-turning thriller, Political Suicide, set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science. 

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
From the Publisher
"This is a definite keeper!" — Amy Lignor in a review for Suspense Magazine

"It's a must-read for fans of political intrigue." — The Fort-Worth Star Telegram

"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." — The Jewish Journal

"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 Palmer's latest book, Political Suicide." — The Huffington Post

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410455222
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 531
  • Sales rank: 722,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer (1942-2013) wrote internationally bestselling novels of medical suspense, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, The Last Surgeon, A Heartbeat Away, Oath of Office and Political Suicide. His book Extreme Measures was adapted into a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Palmer earned his bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University, and he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine. In addition to his writing, Palmer was an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency.  He lived in eastern Massachusetts. 

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

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    When I began reading Michael Palmer's books, they were primarily

    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.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    If you have read Oath of Office by Michael Palmer, you will reco

    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..

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    GoodI always enjoy his books and this one was no diffrent

    This was a easy read like all of his books . I love the people in his books and hope that he uses them again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Good story

    Good story but not much character development.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    I love this book...I Give it a 5 Star rating !


    I love this book...I Give it a 5 Star rating !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    Dr. Lou Welcome from Oath of Office returns and finds himself in

    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. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    I have not read any other books by Michael Palmer but am very gl

    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.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Have you ever w

    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.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    just started this one

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    A real thriller.

    This was an exciting book. Not an ending you will easily guess. Lots of intrigue and covering up. A really good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    LOVED IT

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Just ok

    Not my favorite novel of his

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    Posted October 12, 2013

    Nvm she is there

    In tallstars revenge but im locked out of there so i cant do a thing!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 12, 2013

    Lifekit and Rainbowdash

    SHE'S HERE! KITTY CAT'S BEEN SPOTTED ON TWILIGHTCLAN GROUNDS! "Fox tails" FIRST RESULT!

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    Posted October 12, 2013

    Magicwing to alert

    Where?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Kitty-cat location

    Try large clans. She was recently seen at twilightclan. Fox tails first result.

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    Posted October 12, 2013

    Alert

    Your siron duh

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    Posted October 12, 2013

    KITTY-CAT HAS BEEN SPOTTED!

    'Fox tails' result 1! HURRY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Johnna

    it was nice knowing u!

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