Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die – until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. He begs to die, but Julie sees hope in a life together. With the help of an organization that opposes physician-assisted suicide, Julie has Sam coming around to her point of view when he suddenly dies from an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress – in fact, it appears that Sam had been literally scared to death. As Julie investigates similar cases, threats begin to confront her. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate until she finds herself accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down who is behind these mysterious deaths… but someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her.
Dr. Carrie Bryant’s four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity.
What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient’s life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives.
When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation.
Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employs the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.
They fight without conscience or remorse.
Their only job is to kill.
They are the most ruthless enemy we have ever faced.
And they are one millionth our size.
Welcome to the Center for Disease Control where the world’s deadliest germs lie in wait. When a scientist working on a top secret case is kidnapped, it’s just the beginning. From the hospital corridors where anything you touch can mean your end, to the top corridors of power in this race against time, Dr. Lou Welcome must stop an epidemic, save his best friend, and face even his own most terrifying demons.
Hi gang, happy to announce that OATH OF OFFICE, my 17th thriller and the first book in the Lou Welcome series, is now on paperback.
In it, Lou is called to unravel a horrifying incident involving his client, Dr. John Meacham. Meacham, who recently had his medical license restored, goes on a shooting spree at his office and kills his business partner, staff, two patients and himself.
Lou knew that Meacham was an excellent doctor, and after hearing about the incident is in shock like everyone else. When Lou looks further into matters, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that leads directly to the White House.
At the heart of the terror in OATH OF OFFICE is corn modified with the genes of a flesh-eating termite known as Macrotermes bellicosus. Although the book is a work of fiction, it brings to light the substantial impact that genetic modification, corporate farming and shoddy labeling can have on our food system.
I’m excited to tell you that my book The First Patient is for sale for $2.99 on eBook for the next month or so. This is the one that got Bill Clinton’s nod of approval. It’s a great read—especially after recovering from a big dinner with family and friends. The first few chapters of Political Suicide (my 18th thriller, out December 11, 2012) are included at the end.
Warm regards from the North Coast of Boston. I hope that your fall has gotten off to a good start. As I write this letter I’m in the midst packing for a 16 day trip to the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. I’m looking forward to the adventure and the chance to separate myself from my writing for a short while.
For book news, I’m happy to announce that my original short story On Call is available in e-book format for $1.99 in less than a week (10/16/2012). In the story, Lou Welcome of Oath of Office (2012) and Political Suicide (2013); and Gabe Singleton of The First Patient (2008) begin their medical residency at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital. Before long, they learn that the chief medical resident has been murdered in the on-call room known as the Love Shack, and Lou is the prime suspect. As they look into matters, the two friends discover that the circumstances behind this tragedy aren’t exactly like they seem. I encourage you pre-order your copy today. As an added bonus, On Call also comes with a sneak preview to my 18th medical and political thriller, Political Suicide–out in January 2013.
Thanks again and happy reading,
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An exclusive ebook short story featuring Dr. Lou Welcome in his first crime-solving role: a murder at his medical school for which he is a person of interest. Working with a classmate—and fellow suspect—Dr. Welcome soon discovers that the circumstances behind this tragedy aren’t exactly like they seem.
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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.
I hope that you have all been enjoying the warm weather. As for me, I’ve been working away at my 18th medical thriller, POLITICAL SUICIDE and spending some time in New Hampshire with my family.
The book news for this month is that NO REST FOR THE DEAD, a collaborative novel (known as a “serial” in the book world) that I contributed to is now available in paperback. I’ve been involved in projects like this before, where talented writers come together to write a story, but this experience was one of my favorites. All proceeds are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So far, the books’ sales have raised over $60,000.
Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown and David Baldacci are just a few of the notable authors who participated. I celebrated with all of the contributors last year Simon and Schuster Launch party last year. It’s always great to get together with the writing community. Watch highlights from the evening in this video below and pick up a copy of the book. As they sometimes say: two heads (or in this case, 26) are better than one. Watch the full video recap of the evening–it’s a lot of fun.
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