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Silent Treatment [Kindle Edition]

Michael Palmer
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Book Description

In his five bestselling novels, from The Sisterhood to Natural Causes, physician Michael Palmer has drawn on years of firsthand emergency-room experience to create the drama of a frighteningly authentic world--a world where the line between medicine and murder is scalpel-thin.  Now, in his most harrowing suspense novel yet, Palmer reveals how the power to heal can become a license to kill....

With his wife, Evie, scheduled for surgery the next day, Dr.  Harry Corbett goes to the hospital for what he hopes will be a quiet evening of reconciliation.  In recent weeks Evie, never quick to share her feelings, has been more closed and distant than ever.

But when Harry reaches Evie's room, it is too late for reconciliation.  Shockingly, without warning, Evie is dead.  The police suspect homicide.  And their only suspect is Dr.  Harry Corbett.

Harry is not prepared for the stunning revelations that follow: His bright, beautiful, highly ambitious wife was leading a double life; she may have had
dangerous secrets.  But what secret could have been explosive enough to die for?

Then the killer strikes again, boldly, tauntingly murdering one of Harry's favorite patients in such a way that only Harry knows the death was not natural.  This time Harry is certain: The killer, medically sophisticated, coolly arrogant, moving undetected through a busy urban hospital, could only be a doctor.  And he wonders--how many more will die?

Desperately Harry probes deeper, following the only clue Evie left.  What he finds is a sinister pattern that threatens patients in every hospital in the city.  Harry is engaged in a life-and-death battle of wits with a chillingly efficient monster.  And until the doctor is unmasked, no patient is safe from his lethal silent treatment.

Michael Palmer has done it again, delivering a no-holds-barred novel of medical intrigue-- a gripping thriller that features the most terrifying physician
since Hannibal Lecter.  Silent Treatment will keep your pulse racing from beginning to end


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A timely topic (health care) and a scary idea (a health care insurance cartel killing clients for "cost containment") give Palmer's new medical thriller (after Natural Causes) a big boost-but poor writing, including a series of unlikely plot twists, ultimately sinks it. Dr. Harry Corbett, two weeks short of 50, is trying to save his marriage to beautiful, ambitious journalist Evie, 11 years his junior, who's facing surgery for an aneurysm in Harry's hospital. When Evie dies in hospital, and her lover, about whom Harry knew nothing, accuses Harry of killing her, a boorish NYPD detective vows to nail the distraught doctor. Further murders follow, committed by one Anton Percheck, a physician who used to torture for drug dealers and repressive governments and now works for the cartel. Meanwhile, Harry is beaten, abducted, drugged, chased by villains and the law and nearly killed more than once. As in his earlier novels, Palmer's medical expertise (he's a practicing physician), as well as his ability to write a suspenseful scene, rival those of Robin Cook; unfortunately, so do his pedestrian prose, shallow characterizations, reliance on forced coincidences and maddeningly dim hero (grilled by the vicious cop, Harry doesn't call his lawyer because "he had done nothing wrong"). Major ad/promo; audio rights to BDD.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Just before his 50th birthday, life begins to unravel for Dr. Harry Corbett of the Manhattan Medical Center. Not only is his beautiful and talented wife, Evie, scheduled for serious neurosurgery but Harry believes that he will die on his birthday like his father and grandfather. Nothing happens as the doctor fears. Instead, his wife is murdered, and, after confessing to an affair with her, Harry's archenemy, Casper Sidonis, accuses Harry of having killed her. The most dimwitted cop in recent fiction arrives on the scene and agrees with Sidonis. From this somewhat far-fetched beginning, Palmer (Natural Causes, LJ 2/1/94) creates a suspenseful, entirely credible tale of health insurance fraud and behind-the-scenes hospital politics. Palmer, who manages to find new and more frightenting themes for his medical thrillers, gets better with each book.
--Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZYHY
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When you've written as many novels as Michael Palmer has, it's a logical inevitability that something is the best and something else has to qualify as the weakest! It's a sad day to encounter that candidate for a career worst when you've come to believe that an author's quality is almost inevitably top flight!

When Evie Corbett, a young up-and-comer in the community, dies suddenly and unexpectedly on the eve of a surgery, homicide is suspected and the only suspect within view is her husband, Dr Harry Corbett.

At this point, I'm going to digress a little and take the liberty of quoting myself from my recent review of another Michael Palmer novel, "Critical Judgment":

"Uh oh ... I rolled my eyes and sighed, thinking I was wading into that aging medical thriller chestnut of the heroic sole practitioner waging battle against some evil megalomaniacal corporate demon. When Robin Cook first wrote "Coma" in 1977 almost single-handedly creating the medical thriller genre, this might have been new and exciting fare. But, since then, it's been beaten to death and I was convinced that "Critical Judgment" was bound to be a derivative dud."

Well, I went on to admit that "Critical Judgment" successfully beat back that initial negative impression and succeeded in spades.

But, "Silent Treatment" is another story. This time around, my eyes rolled back and just kept right on going. The plot (which IS of the derivative sole practitioner versus corporate megalomaniacal demon variety) and the criminals (a secret cabal of top level insurance executives seeking to eliminate high cost patients sucking profit off their bottom lines) are all fully revealed within the first few chapters by Palmer himself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a page-turner August 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of Michael Palmer's books that I have read. It was interesting enough to keep me reading. I finished it in no time flat, but it was not captivating. It lacked real excitement and ended too abruptly. I never connected with Harry, and at times I wished Dickenson would just arrest him and get it over with. As a graduate student in Health Administration I was excited but disgusted by the whole managed care sub-plot. Wow. That took a creative imagination.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best medical mystery ever written May 16, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Michael Palmer has really done it this time. Such excitement,thrill, suspense, and frightening reality, as he breaks open the mythof the managed care system in the United States! Every person in or considering the managed care plan, MUST read this book.
Ellen Siepser, M.D.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
Just before his 50th birthday, life begins to unravel for Dr. Harry Corbett of the Manhattan Medical Center.

He believes he will die on his 50th birthday (family history), and his talented wife, Evie, is scheduled for serious neurosurgery on the same day.

He survives the day ... but his his wife is murdered, and, after confessing to an affair with her, Harry's archenemy, Casper Sidonis, accuses Harry of having killed her.

The most dimwitted cop in recent fiction arrives on the scene and agrees with Sidonis. From this somewhat far-fetched beginning, Dr. Corbett begins to unravel the mystery of his wife's murder, and uncovers a deep labyrinth of health insurance fraud and HMO conspiracies.

This book is particularly timely right now, with all the information about bribes and fraud on the part of HMOs and the pharmaceutical industry. I give it 5-stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but too similar to "The Sisterhood" July 5, 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I made the mistake of reading one of Michael Palmer's previous books, "The Sisterhood", right after reading this book. While both books are excellent, many parts of the stories were interchangable. A doctor wrongly charged with murder. A high power group trying to frame him. A fight over alcohol abuse.
Mr. Palmer builds his stories well. He gets you in the middle of five or six story lines, and brings them all together by the end of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best suspense book written to this day!!! February 27, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very good book. It is very hard not to turn the page once you get in to the book. This book is an allnighter, so be warned: if you plan on reading some of this book late you might want to drink some Jolt because you will not want to stop reading!! This is my favorite book because it keeps your interest and it has a good plot and suspense. When the book is over you want more. The ending is the only thing that could have been better in this book. It ends too fast!!! Michael Palmer has written some other good books but this is the best!!! I hope he or some other writer writes another book like this because these are the best kind of books!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling masterpiece April 23, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have just finished reading Michael Palmer's Silent Treatment and there's all but one word to say: Wow! A well-knit plot, engaging characters, action, suspense, all these ingredients make this novel a captivating book. It was hard to put down and a real pleasure to read night after night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, horribly assembled October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this story, but I am puzzled by the myriad errors. Periods in the middle of sentences, the wrong word being used (substituted with a word that rhymes or has the same amount of letters), etc. They probably used OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to transfer this from another medium. It looks more like someone read the book into audio recognition software. In the end, no one proof-read the manuscript and it shows. Very annoying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good medical thriller
Better than I expected. This was the first Michael Palmer book I 've read. I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by kaceey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent 'medical-suspend' story by Michael Palmer
This is my 2nd 'medical-suspend' story by Michael Palmer. I found this story very well written, continuously interesting, uncommonly captivating, right to the end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Eagle1
5.0 out of 5 stars great read. couldn't put it down (so to speak)
great read. couldn't put it down (so to speak)
Published 4 days ago by Doll50Coll
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read that I couldn't put down
An excellent read that I couldn't put down. This author has been recommended to me by Open Space College as an example of how to write a best seller novel. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Shirley Code
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big fan of Michael Palmer and read all ...
I'm a big fan of Michael Palmer and read all his works. His ability to keep one mesmerized is second to none.
Published 1 month ago by E. Yang
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Michael Palmer A good read if you are fan I happen to be
Typical Michael Palmer
A good read if you are fan
I happen to be. I f he is the writer, I am reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Robert C Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars more from Palmer
Another medical thriller with twists and turns plenty of suspense and a little romance thrown in. Well worth staying up late to finish.
Published 2 months ago by Joel Achtenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars The last chapters had me on the edge of my seat--such good writing....
I couldn't put this book down! The last chapters had me on the edge of my seat--such good writing. Love all of Michael Palmer's books.
Published 2 months ago by MonR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Makes one wonder what really goes on in hospitals.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Karr
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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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