New medical thriller release: Political Suicide by Michael Palmer

Highly-regarded medical thriller writer Michael Palmer has a new book out today, Political Suicide. I’m passing along his press release. His last several books have branched out into political thriller territory but they are still medical stories starring physicians.


New York Times
Best-selling Author Michael Palmer Announces his 18th Thriller Political Suicide

Boston, MA- Michael Palmer, author of 17 international best-selling novels of medical and
 political suspense has announced that his latest book, Political Suicide, is slated for publication December 11, 2012 by St. Martin’s Press.

Dr. Lou Welcome, from Palmer’s 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.

Kirkus Reviews
calls Political Suicide “A competent entertainment…with plenty of chills and spills.”

The Huffington Post
names Michael “The master of the medial thriller” and calls Oath of Office “A suspense lover’s dream.”

Suspense Magazine
calls Michael’s previous novel, A Heartbeat Away “Stunning in its realism and truly terrifying … ”

President Bill Clinton calls The First Patient  “an exciting thriller that is full of surprises and captures the intense atmosphere of the White House, how the medical system works, and how the 25th Amendment could be brought into play.”

About the book:
Political Suicide
by Michael Palmer
ISBN: 978-0312587550
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date of publish: December 11, 2012
Pages: 368
S.R.P.: $27.99

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