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Title:
Oath of office
ISBN:
9780312587536

9781429950435

9781410447470
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Physical Description:
vii, 374 pages ; 25 cm
Number in series:
1
Summary:
"What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Merriman goes on a shooting spree at the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself. The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Merriman years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power"-- Provided by publisher.
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Michael Palmer, the New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon brings us a shocking new thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicine.

What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage?

When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.


Author Notes

Michael Palmer was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 9, 1942. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Afterwards, he conducted research for the National Air Pollution Control Administration in Cincinnati in order to fulfill his two-year military obligation. He spent 20 years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine and is currently an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society's physician health program.

His has written numerous books including The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood.

Palmer died at the age of 71 on October 30, 2013 after suffering a heart attack and stroke. His novels Resistant (released May 20, 2014) and Trauma (released May 12, 2015) were released after his death.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Robert Petkoff delivers solid narration in this audio edition of the latest medical thriller from Palmer. When Dr. John Meacham, whose medical license was once suspended for alcohol abuse and anger issues, loses control and murders seven people before turning the gun on himself, much of the blame falls on Meacham's counselor, Dr. Lou Welcome, who approved his return to practice. But when Welcome begins to look into the incident, he unearths a dark conspiracy whose twisted roots stretch toward the highest office in the land and the fruits of which could grow into a deadly threat of global proportions. Petkoff's pacing is spot on and his reading often chilling. He infuses his performance with just enough melodrama to maintain suspense while keeping the novel grounded in reality. Petkoff deftly delivers Palmer's complex story, while providing unique voices for all the characters. The result is an enjoyable listen. A St. Martin's hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

A Heartbeat Away, 2011, etc.) draws on his experience helping doctors with dependency and mental-health issues. Unable to convince his superiors that his late colleague, Meacham, was fully recovered and not in need of psychiatric counseling, Welcome is suspended. After Meacham's wife commits a strange, reckless act and a young man bizarrely causes himself physical harm in a trendy local diner, Welcome crosses paths with the First Lady, Darlene, whose husband has been acting with uncharacteristic rage. The First Lady has learned that the former agriculture secretary, a school friend of hers forced to resign after being videotaped in a motel room with a naked underage girl, was framed. The president orders his wife to stay away from him, but acting on the instructions of an unidentified source with knowledge of who did the framing and why, the First Lady becomes determined to clear the disgraced secretary's name. Ultimately, Welcome and the First Lady team up against bad guys who will do anything to keep secrets. This thriller raises compelling issues and features a likable hero, but the plot is dragged out and undercooked and the White House scenes ring false.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

A physician with a history of behavioral issues shoots and kills several people in his office before trying to take his own life. It falls to Dr. Lou Welcome, the assailant's friend and former colleague, to determine why the man went on his murderous rampage, but Welcome doesn't bargain for a conspiracy that could lead directly to the Oval Office. This is a weaker novel than Palmer's Last Surgeon (2010), but it's stronger than A Heartbeat Away (2011), leaving it in the midrange of Palmer's up-and-down swing. Its characters are sturdy, but the story doesn't have the spark that made his early work such a treat. Palmer doesn't seem all that interested in his plot. He seems content to let it be another frequently predictable conspiracy story, although there are places where it could have veered off in a new and surprising direction. This is one of those cases where there's nothing especially wrong with the book, but it isn't especially memorable, either. Not a complete misfire but, from an author with undeniable talent, a disappointment.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist