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Political Suicide Hardcover – December 11, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Dr. Lou Welcome Series

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Dr. Lou Welcome, who supervises other doctors through the Physician Wellness Office, is shocked to discover that a friend and colleague might be mixed up in the homicide of a U.S. congressman. Not willing to accept that his friend is a murderer, Lou starts digging only to uncover a deadly conspiracy. If this all sounds a bit familiar, it’s because it’s pretty much the same story, with minor variations, as Oath of Office (2012), which introduced Welcome, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, which explains why he’s not supervising other doctors with troubled histories. It’s not a bad book, but like its predecessor, it misses several opportunities for surprising plot twists and has the overall feeling of been-there, done-that (too many times). Palmer can be a talented and original storyteller, but of late his writing feels lethargic, and his stories repetitive and predictable. Devoted readers might enjoy this one, but it won’t win him any new fans. --David Pitt


“This is a definite keeper!” ―Amy Lignor in a review for Suspense Magazine

“It's a must-read for fans of political intrigue.” ―The Fort-Worth Star Telegram

“Michael Palmer once again delivers an adrenaline-pumped political and medical action thriller... Palmer fans will not be disappointed in this suspenseful and realistic, fast-paced whodunit.” ―The Jewish Journal

“When you open the pages of a Michael Palmer novel, you know you are in the hands of a pro. This author knows how to weave a plot and keep the action coming, and the readers know it won't all fall apart at the end. Such is definitely the case with Palmer's latest book, Political Suicide.” ―The Huffington Post


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312587554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312587550
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Palmer, medical thriller author and physician, died unexpectedly on October 30, 2013. Michael wrote 18 novels of medical and political suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to writing, Palmer served as an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency. His 19th novel RESISTANT will be released on May 20, 2014.

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Format: Hardcover
Political" is yet another non-medical thriller (as were his last two outings) from an favorite author we felt exceeded Robin Cook in style and substance. But now these stories, featuring almost ridiculously implausible plots, are little better than also-ran thrillers in our opinion - and unless this pattern stops, we're done with Palmer.

Dr. Lou Welcome is back from "Oath of Office", but he could have been a plumber - his medical skills hardly influence or bear on the story at all. Meanwhile as an amateur sleuth, he's so unprepared for that task he has to Google how to tail somebody on the road. And when he escapes one hair-brained scene after another, it starts to just get silly.

The plot had a modicum of suspense, as the rabid Colonel who heads a secretive Marines special forces unit ("Mantis") is plotting a number of suicide bombings to give a bunch of terrorists a taste of their own medicine. He's supposedly developed a secret juice that stops men from experiencing fear. When a congressman that is trying to reduce his funding is killed, and a friend of Lou is promptly arrested (but of course is innocent), Lou goes on a rampage to discover the truth. You get the drift.

Didn't like it - and won't read another.
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I haven't read many of Palmer's books, and after reading Political Suicide, I won't be reading any more. When I read I value a good plot, believable characters, and good dialogue. This book had none of those. The plot had some potential, thus the two stars instead of one, but it moved quickly from interesting to wildly irrational. The end did surprise me, which also helped earn it an extra star, but Palmer turned what could have been an interesting plot twist into a protracted, annoying ending to a seriously immature book.

It's hard to describe how foolish this book is without giving away parts of the plot. To believe any of this story you have to accept that hundreds of military personnel could be "programmed" to willingly commit suicide in order to take out terrorist leaders; and that out of those hundreds of soldiers only a few would speak up. Then you have to believe that the hundreds still left would quietly accept the assassination of those soldiers who did try to speak out, as well as the theft of military weapons from well guarded ammunition warehouses, by military personal, so those weapons could be handed over to mexican drug cartels in the United States. Ultimately you are asked to believe that a man who is so deeply concerned about the safety of the United States that he would train soldiers to wear bombs to blow up terrorists (and themselves), would also endanger the country by handing over military grade weapons to drug cartels in the same country he wants to protect.
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Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed all of his medical thrillers, but this book...while supposedly having a mild medical aspect re: the elixir given the soldiers, is completely ridiculous.

I can buy the premise, but everything else is simply implausible. So many plot holes: how Lou gets away without being killed numerous times (getting away from the elite of the elite soldiers more than once) he is allowed to "speechify" at one point while the bad guy holds off on shooting him; they grab a key piece of evidence with no true hitches, and no one mentions that it will end up being faulty evidence, since police weren't involved etc.

The lawyer is also quite unbelievable, in terms of what she is capable of, what she can do, how quickly she gets to Dover, her blind compatriot, and more...

Very disappointing. Honestly not sure why I finished it, but I simply kept hoping there would be something redeemable about it.
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First I say WOW! I liked Dr. Welcome before this novel and now even more at the end. This is the perfect blend of medical and political drama. It just proves that Mr. Palmer can write both types of stories equally as well. For those who like the political aspect, the way it ties into the entire murder and how someone (no spoiler) is accused.

When Lou, Dr. Welcome, discovers a patient unconscious at the site of an accident the red flag goes up. In fact Dr. Welcome is specializing in helping physicians to overcome addictions. When he soon learns that his friend, Gary McHugh is the person of interest in a murder investigation. Well now it all starts us running full speed ahead because it is a US Congressman who is dead.

Ready, set ad GO! An affair, murder, politics = you staying up until 3am to finish the book. When the military becomes involved, Dr. Welcome has to do double duty here. The conspiracy and his friend are on the line. There are many clever ways the author draws you in and one was a real pretty lawyer who is not so kind and has something to prove.

As for the author, I have read so many of his books ad I find them all equally appealing. I like that he does quality work, consistent stories and characters. I don't like when books are turned out so fast that you don't know what to expect. Here you always know it is going to be good. It will be a hit for all you suspense lovers and of course the political aspect is great too. The Do you need another reason to go grab it? no believe me go buy it!
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