"Deep in my heart, I know there’s no promise I’ll be free from trouble in this life. In fact, I’m usually either getting out of trouble, currently in trouble, or about to meet trouble around the next corner."...... I hope you'll stick around for my "Lucille Ball/Gracie Allen" adventures. It promises to be a wild ride.
Political Suicide by Michael Palmer (Spotlight & Guestpost)
massive cover-up gone awry.
physician accused of murder.
the truth could put the entire country at risk.
McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime
friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic, certain he is about to be arrested
for murder. McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout in his wrecked car after
visiting a patient of his, the powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services
Committee, Elias Colston. Soon after McHugh leaves, Colston’s wife returns home
to find her husband shot to death in their garage. McHugh has no recollection
of committing the crime and no one who would possibly believe in his innocence,
other than Lou. As more facts come to light, even Lou has serious doubts.
But something about McHugh’s story nags at him and as he looks into matters,
pieces of the puzzle don’t point to his friend’s guilt so definitively.
help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for hating
doctors, Lou finds himself at the center of a deadly, high-level conspiracy
where the difference between right and wrong is a matter of interpretation, and
the words “whatever it takes” have a chilling meaning. If Lou and Sarah
don’t uncover the real reasons Colston is dead, they may not survive themselves,
and the entire country could be at risk for attacks that could destroy the very
fabric of national security.
Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of Political Suicide, Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals, spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine, and is now an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s physician health program.
an idea of what to write about is not an easy task. Even 18 suspense novels
later, this process is one that I still struggle with. I often compare writing
a book to the recipe for rhinoceros stew, where step 1 is “finding a rhino”.
Although coming up with an initial story idea can be a process of aimless
searching (sitting and reading, talking to friends, repeat), eventually
something catches my interest and I’m on my way.
of the idea for my latest novel, POLITICAL SUICIDE, after reading an op-ed article that argued
that suicide bombers have something chemically altered in their brain that keeps
them from experiencing a basic animal instinct: self-preservation. As you can
imagine, those free of fear are on an entirely different level than anyone
else—especially when it comes to warfare. This got me thinking: what if there
was a way to erase fear from our soldiers and marines and thereby eliminate the
emotional advantage our terrorist enemies supposedly have?
this question led me to the completion of POLITICAL
SUICIDE, a medical and political thriller now available in stores and
online. In it, Dr. Lou Welcome, an emergency room physician and the star of my
previous book OATH OF OFFICE, returns
to unravel a high-level government conspiracy that threatens to put the lives
of many, including his own, at risk. Lou is an ordinary guy, passionate about
the well being of his patients and the safety of his teenage daughter, Emily.
Like all of my characters, he must work his way through a tremendously
difficult and dangerous set of scenarios before he can once again find peace.
you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. For a fun and short
introduction to Lou, take a look at On Call, my original short story available on eBook.