Political Suicide

Political Suicide

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Political Suicide by Michael Palmer, Robert Petkoff

In Political Suicide, Michael Palmer delivers another gripping thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicine

Dr. Lou Welcome, from Palmer's New York Times 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427229038
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 9
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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Political Suicide 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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 16 days ago
Good and easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of this story makes no sense, why a doctor with 2 jobs would take a PI job as a favor and how he'd have time to do it. Some of the choices he makes are just dumb... but it is an entertaining book and I enjoyed it.
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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