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Silent Treatment Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Ellen Siepser, M.D.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe I had missed this one; thought I had read all of his. More action and almost all away from the hospital, as opposed to the usual "some bad guy ruining the... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Kenneth B. Guiseley
I enjoyed the book but I didn't think the plot nor writing were up to Michael Palmer's usual well-paced stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RoadLover
If you like medical thrillers. suspense, action and adventure, this is the book for you! This is the first book I've read by this author and I loved every minute of reading it I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by I. M. Jones
If it weren't for the language and sex, I'd be saying that this is one of the best books I've ever read! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Louise Pledge
Compared to his other books, this was not a page-Turner. No suspense, no excitement, no nail biting. Kind of bland. Also found it a sloppy read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marilyn Birk