Monday, January 14, 2013

Political Suicide by Michael Palmer (Spotlight & Guestpost)

A massive cover-up gone awry.

A prominent physician accused of murder.

Uncovering the truth could put the entire country at risk.

Dr. Gary 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. 

With the 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.

ISBN Number: 0312587554

Image of Michael PalmerMichael 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.


Guest Post by the Author
Finding my Rhino: How I came up with the idea for POLITICAL SUICIDE

Finding 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.

I thought 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?

Exploring 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.

I hope 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.

Let me know what you think and keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Warm regards,
Michael Palmer


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