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The Society (2004)

by Michael Palmer

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At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the wealthy and powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She's not the first to die - nor the last. A vicious serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: they are all high-profile executives in the managed care industry. Dr. Will Grant is an overworked and highly dedicated surgeon. He has experienced firsthand the outrages of a system that cares more about the bottom line than about the life-and-death issues of patients. As a member of the Hippocrates Society, Will seeks to reclaim the profession of medicine from the hundreds of companies profiting wildly by controlling the decisions that affect the delivery of care. But the doctor's determination has attracted a dangerous zealot who will stop at nothing to make Will his ally. Soon Will is both a suspect and a victim, a pawn in a deadly endgame. Then, in one horrible moment, Will's professional and personal worlds are destroyed and his very life placed in peril. Rookie detective Patty Moriarity is in danger of being removed from her first big case - the managed care killings. To save her career, she has no choice but to risk trusting Will, knowing he may well be the killer she is hunting. Together they have little to go on except the knowledge that the assassin is vengeful, cunning, ruthless - and may not be working alone. That - and a cryptic message that grows longer with each murder: a message Grant and Moriarity must decipher if they don't want to be the next victims.… (more)
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Initially gave me the impression of being a commentary on managed care. Then got into the murder aspect but the overtones of managed care commentary remained. It was an ok read but had no punch for me. ( )
  gac53 | Jul 9, 2021 |
Decent thriller that has too many logical flaws to be great. It also is way too biased towards Doctors and not towards Insurance. By and large throughout the book doctors are noble selfless heroes and insurance executives are heartless money loving jerks. Character development by cliche. But it was worth finishing. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
This book is a good medical thriller. Nothing super new or unique. But a pleasant way to pass the time. Will is a doctor who finds himself fighting HMO's. Soon, heads of HMO's are showing up murdered. Will finds himself a person of interest. He also develops feelings for detective Patty. Is he being framed, or is he involved with the murders? ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
This is fast-paced and suspenseful as a doctor and a young detective try to determine why CEOs of major HMOs are being murdered and why the doctor is being set up to take the blame. It reveals a great deal about the greed and ruthlessness of the HMO system. Great page-turner
  MargaretYatsevitch | Mar 28, 2013 |
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At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the wealthy and powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She's not the first to die - nor the last. A vicious serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: they are all high-profile executives in the managed care industry. Dr. Will Grant is an overworked and highly dedicated surgeon. He has experienced firsthand the outrages of a system that cares more about the bottom line than about the life-and-death issues of patients. As a member of the Hippocrates Society, Will seeks to reclaim the profession of medicine from the hundreds of companies profiting wildly by controlling the decisions that affect the delivery of care. But the doctor's determination has attracted a dangerous zealot who will stop at nothing to make Will his ally. Soon Will is both a suspect and a victim, a pawn in a deadly endgame. Then, in one horrible moment, Will's professional and personal worlds are destroyed and his very life placed in peril. Rookie detective Patty Moriarity is in danger of being removed from her first big case - the managed care killings. To save her career, she has no choice but to risk trusting Will, knowing he may well be the killer she is hunting. Together they have little to go on except the knowledge that the assassin is vengeful, cunning, ruthless - and may not be working alone. That - and a cryptic message that grows longer with each murder: a message Grant and Moriarity must decipher if they don't want to be the next victims.

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