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From Publishers Weekly

Palmer's latest medical thriller-about a health insurance cartel that is killing off clients-spent five weeks as a PW bestseller.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; 1st edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572216
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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