Fatal

Fatal

by Michael Palmer
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Fatal by Michael Palmer

From The Sisterhood, Michael Palmer's first New York Times bestseller, to The Patient, his ninth, reviewers have proclaimed him a master of medical suspense. Recognized around the world for original, topical, nail-biting suspense, emergency physician Palmer'swork has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Now he reaches controversial and startling new heights in a terrifying tale of cutting-edge microbiology, unbridled greed, and murder, where either knowing too little or trusting too much can be FATAL.

In Chicago, a pregnant cafeteria worker suffering nothing more malevolent than flulike symptoms begins hemorrhaging from every part of her body. In Boston, a brilliant musician, her face disfigured by an unknown disease, rapidly descends into a lethal paranoia. In Belinda, West Virginia, a miner suddenly goes berserk, causing a cave-in that kills two of his co-workers. Finding the link between these events could prove FATAL.

Five years ago, internist and emergency specialist Matt Rutledge returned to his West Virginia home to marry his high-school sweetheart and open a practice. He also had a score to settle. His father died while working for the Belinda Coal and Coke Company, and Matt swore to expose the mine’s health and safety violations.

When his beloved Ginny succumbed to an unusual cancer, his campaign became even more bitterly personal. Now Matt has identified two bizarre cases of what he has dubbed the Belinda Syndrome—caused, he is certain, by the mine’s careless disposal of toxic chemicals. All he needs is proof.

Meanwhile, two women, unknown to one another, are drawninexorably to Belinda, into Matt’s life—and into mortal danger. Massachusetts coroner Nikki Solari comes to attend the funeral of her roommate, killed violently on a Boston street. Ellen Kroft, a retired schoolteacher from Maryland, seeks the remorseless killer who has threatened to destroy her and her family.Three strangers—Rutledge, Solari, and Kroft—each hold one piece of a puzzle they must solve, and solve quickly. If they don’t, it will be far more than just their own lives that are at risk.

Michael Palmer has crafted a novel of breathtaking speed and medical intricacy where nothing is as it seems and one false step could be FATAL.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786245796
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/02/2002
Series: Basic Series
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 671
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Michael Palmer M.D, practices addiction medicine in Massachusetts, where he is currently at work on his eleventh novel.

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Fatal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fatal is very hard to put down.Its edge of your seat reading with many unexpected plot twists. It will keep you guessing until the end. A must have for any thrill lover.
dicken--15--dog More than 1 year ago
I love Michael Palmer's books because I am a nurse and enjoy the medical aspect and the terminology he uses. I couldn't put the book down. Thanks, Michael, for the eye strain.
spt0809 More than 1 year ago
Love Michael Palmer and this is a good one.
BuckeyeDD More than 1 year ago
This was a great read!! The storyline keeps you wonderingwhat is gonna happen next. If you like a breathtaking, bite your nails type of book, this is it!!! I loved It!!!
Kratz More than 1 year ago
This was my first Michael Palmer novel. The development of several characters simultaneously was interesting and kept this reader putting the pieces of the puzzle together. It was terrifying in places with plenty of twists and turns that were sometimes predictable, sometimes difficult to believe. Though unbelievable at times you can't fault Palmer on the entertainment value of this novel. He weaves several controversial subjects into the plot which adds to the interest of this very readable book. I thoroughly enjoyed this medical thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Virginia emergency room doctor Matt Rutledge is convinced the Belinda Cole and Coke mining company is responsible for poisoning his patients. With a little help from some endearingly quirky friends, he sets out to prove it and is shortly dodging bullets. Boston coroner, Nicki Solari loses her best friend to a bizarre illness and a speeding car. After leaving specific post-autopsy testing instructions, Nicki easily finds her way to Belinda for the funeral, but gets a deadly surprise when she attempts to leave. A retired Maryland teacher turned child immunization advisor, Ellen Kroft has grave doubts about the safety of a new super vaccine, but before she can testify, she finds herself in front of a goon with an automatic and an unacceptable agenda. Terrified for herself and her family, she follows the trail of the gunman and ends up in -- ready? -- Belinda, Virginia. What could these three diverse individuals, pursuing three different sets of circumstances, for three wildly varying reasons possibly have in common? The answer comes in a most memorable end convergence that could cost all three their lives. Michael Palmer has crafted this complex, heart-palpitating mystery with a surgical precision that leaves his readers breathless. Bring on the crash cart!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dr. Matt Rutledge obviously knows something is wrong in his hometown of Belinda, West Virginia when several of his patients in for not much more than a cold suddenly die with strange symptoms. He believes that the Belinda Coal and Coke Company has poisoned the air, land, or water or a combination of all three with their usual disregard for safety or environmental health. Matt detests the coal company because their practices led to the death of his father, an employee of Belinda Coal and Coke.

Matt digs deeper into why intelligent people are suddenly babbling and have unsightly lumps on their bodies. He learns that former Belinda residents also have died from the same mysterious ailment. He soon finds out that while he practiced medicine elsewhere, his hometown was the test site of a supervaccine whose consequences are starting to appear. That elixir is about to be approved for use across the country; a few deaths in backwater West Virginia is not enough to stop Omnivax from reaching the marketplace.

Michael Palmer is a sure shot (no pun intended) to have his tenth New York Times best seller with the action-packed FATAL. The story line never slows down from the opening sore throat to the final climax. Readers will admire Matt for his stand against Herculean odds, but what makes him feel real is his deep negative feelings about the coal company. Though the plot seems to go over the edge at times, Mr. Palmer provides a penetrating spot light on America¿s vaccination program and to a lesser degree the environmental unsafe at any speed record.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 3 months ago
Had a hard time putting it down!
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
OOOH SO GOOD!!! I COULD NOT, WOULD NOT, DID NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN UNTIL THE VERY END. THIS WAS MY FIRST BOOK BY, MICHAEL PALMER, BUT I CAN SAY FOR SURE, IT WILL NOT BE MY LAST. WOW, WHAT CAN I SAY WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY?? NOT MUCH!!! PALMER, STARTS YOU OFF RIGHT AWAY WITH SUSPENSE. AND THEN AS HE KEEPS ADDING CHARACTERS THE SUSPENSE DEEPENS. AT FIRST I KEEP SAYING WHY IS THERE SO MANY CHARACTERS. BUT JUST KEEP READING, YOU WILL BE VERY SURPISED AND AMAZED AT HOW PALMER TIES EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING TOGETHER. NOW ENOUGH SAID FROM ME. TRUTH ME AND READ THIS BOOK. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
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