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The Sisterhood Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1994

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"Terrific, a  compellingly suspenseful tale." -- Clive Cluser.

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Inside Boston Doctors Hospital, patients are dying. In the glare of the operating room, they survive the surgeon's knife. But in the dark, hollow silence of the night, they die. Suddenly, inexplicable, horribly. A tough, bright doctor will risk his very life-to dedicated young nurse unknowingly holds the and the answers. Together they will discover that no one is from...

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553275704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553275704
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on October 20, 2005
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I have only read a few of Michael Palmer's books and this one is definitely a suspenseful read! I can tell it was one of his earlier works just because they were making a big deal about the main character's lawyer paying a grand a month for his office. Nowadays the price would be a bit steeper. =0)

This one focuses on Dr. David Shelton, who is working to rebuild his career after a tragic accident and personal downfall. He agrees to take over his boss' caseload for the weekend. That was a fateful decision as one of his patients died and was discovered to be murdered. Shelton is then up against something sinister among the nurses ~~ The Sisterhood ~~ who believe in mercy killing. Framed for the murder, Shelton is on the run and soon, everyone close to him is dying.

This is a pretty good first attempt ~~ I know that I will be nervous going into the hospital again! (I would NOT recommend reading this just before surgery!) I have to give this to my sister-in-law who is a nurse to see what she says. It's pretty creepy! This book is perfect for these cold rainy nights we've been having in Ohio!

So if you're new to Michael Palmer, you can't miss with this one! Like his other books, this one will draw you in!

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A friend gave us the old "if you like Robin Cook, you'll love Michael Palmer." Close enough - a medical thriller for sure, Palmer ironically was a contemporary of Cook at Massachusetts General, and has practiced since as an MD for some 20 years. Somehow he found time to start writing, and although his first book didn't make the cut, he got a commission for The Sisterhood, copyrighted in 1982. At the pace of about one each two years, his tenth novel ("Fatal") has just arrived, so he must be doing well.
Unlike the "stretch", if not medico-sci-fi premises of Cook, this story has a very believable premise: that a group of well-intentioned nurses have formed a secret society that very selectively practices euthanasia on "appropriate" patients. Remember this was written several years before Dr. Kevorkian, in just a slightly different way, shed so much light on this subject. So part of the book is a light, but thought provoking, discussion of the morality and or virtues (or not) of mercy killing.
The suspense really picks up when one of these killings goes sour. Subbing for a prominent surgeon, our leading man, Dr. David Shelton, into whose life a lot of tragedy has already fallen, has a recent operative patient die on him. Between the outrage of the head surgeon and the thoroughness of our hero, the autopsy reveals foul play. The "sisterhood" has to go into action to take unusual measures to cover its tracks, point to Shelton as the murderer, and put out contracts on the nurse, Christine Beall, who we already know actually did the deed, and our doctor as well. Literally running for their lives, Christine and David wind up romantically involved as well, just adding to the fun.
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A highly suspenseful thriller filled with tension. I found myself peeking ahead in the story, on occasion, to find out if the bad guys were actually stopped or the good guys made it through another crisis. The main characters were easy to identify with right from the start and the story moves along at a very fast pace. Hard to put down.
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Yes - his books seem to following the typical formula/recipe for medical mystery thriller - BUT, each of the eight paperbacks of his books I finished in record time and couldn't get enough of them! After reading the first one "Silent Treatment" I ordered the other seven to read too! Yes, I too am fairly good at guessing the next "thing" that will occur in mystery books that I read - but I am pretty good at doing so with mystery movies and TV series too - so this is nothing new to me. I have to say that I have also passed on his books to friends and family to read and they are just as captivated by his writing ability and plots as I have been! They are a good, exciting, fast read and if that is what you are after you won't be disappointed - give his books a shot - I certainly did - and I'm not in the least bit disappointed that I did.
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I didn't think this was one of his better books. But I think this it one of his earliest works, so that's not surprising.

If you've read any of Michael Palmer's books, this is a typical one. There are several that are better.

This is what I would categorize as a vacation book.
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Good book, perhaps too good. Not long ago an actual male nurse was arrested charged with his 'one man brotherhood', so to speak. After reading this book one wonders: did he act alone or were there more 'brothers' and/or 'sisters'. Was he inspired by this book?

Perish the thought.

Scary scenario if you are about to be hospitalized. Actually, only under certain circumstances very clearly explained in the book. I may have another serious surgery in 2013 but this is not going to discourage me from doing so...
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I just finished this book. Amazing it's short of the twist and turn of this plot. I couldn't stop reading it. It took me one week to finished the novel. Michael Palmer' writing is incredibly easy to follow. Excellent novel. Now I will not go to a hospital !!!
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