Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Political Suicide by Michael Palmer Review & Giveaway

From The New York Times bestselling author of Oath of Office comes a gripping thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicine 

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.

Dr. Lou returns with a new thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Even though Palmer is known for his medical thrillers, fans will still enjoy his newest sensation, with a doctor as the protagonist and politics in the forefront.  However, this isn't a cut and dried thriller but with additional elements added to it.  Like an onion, you must peel back all of the layers to get to the real effect and it's no different with Political Suicide.

Dr. Lou is a beguiling character and I found him intriguing.  I especially enjoyed his scenes with attorney Sarah Cooper.  But who I thought could be the culprit left me empty handed and I was thoroughly surprised and satisfied with the ending.  Definitely pick this one up thriller fans! Hours of enjoyment are to be found within these pages with great characters, a solid plot and clues spattered through-out that will keep you guessing!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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