From Michael Palmer, master of medical suspense, comes a shocking thriller entwining a flawed doctor, a ruthless psychopath and high-level secrets.
Dr. Nick Garrity, a combat surgeon suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, runs a mobile clinic dispensing medical treatment to the underprivileged in D.C. and Baltimore. From this vantage, he searches for his war buddy, Umberto Vasquez, who was sent on a secret mission four years ago and hasn’t been seen since. Nick was told his friend simply disappeared, but he doesn’t believe it.
Nor does psych nurse Jillian Coates believe that her sister, ICU nurse Belle, took her own life, though every bit of evidence indicates she did. Every bit but one: Belle left a subtle clue that ties her to Nick Garrity.
Together, Nick and Jillian determine that one by one, everyone in the operating room of a fatally botched case is dead or dying. Their discoveries pit them against a highly paid assassin, a master at making murder appear not to be murder at all. As doctor and nurse move closer to the terrifying secret behind the killings, the assassin is given a new directive: his mission will not be complete until Coates and Garrity, the last surgeon, are dead.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, LLC ( February 16, 2010 )
Item #: 12-864923
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.937inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This book was quite a disappointment. The story was very flat and I had a hard time getting through it.
I bought this book for my husband and he liked it a lot! He is now looking for more books by Michael Palmer!
I loved every minute of reading this! I believe it to be even better than some of Palmer's earlier books.
NOT HIS USUAL STYLE OR WRITING SKILLS. IT WAS AS IF SOMEONE ELSE WROTE THE BOOK AND PUT HIS NAME ON IT. I HAD A VERY HARD TIME FINISHING THIS BOOK. USUSALLY I CAN HARDLY PUT DOWN HIS BOOKS.
As a physician, I have always enjoyed Palmer's thrillers. While I can't say this is the best of his novels, I have trouble understanding the negative reviews. I had no trouble getting into it, nor in figuring out the plot, but the only thing that made it a bit slow to read was that the murderer was just about the most awful "bad guy" I have ever encountered! Just evil for the sake of being evil . . . telling himself "nicely done" every time he committed one of his patented "non-murders"! Yuck! He didn't even care about the money, but just used it to punish those who hired him for not obeying his "rules"! I guess there really are such evil people, but I have trouble sleeping at night when I read about them! I had to search through all my books for something light and funny after I finished this one, but I DID finish it!
Reviewer: Dr. S