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Silent Treatment (1995)

by Michael Palmer

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In his five bestselling novels, from The Sisterhood to Natural Causes, physician Michael Palmer has drawn on years of firsthand emergency-room experience to create the drama of a frighteningly authentic world--a world where the line between medicine and murder is scalpel-thin.nbsp;nbsp;Now, in his most harrowing suspense novel yet, Palmer reveals how the power to heal can become a license to kill.... With his wife, Evie, scheduled for surgery the next day, Dr.nbsp;nbsp;Harry Corbett goes to the hospital for what he hopes will be a quiet evening of reconciliation.nbsp;nbsp;In recent weeks Evie, never quick to share her feelings, has been more closed and distant than ever. But when Harry reaches Evie's room, it is too late for reconciliation.nbsp;nbsp;Shockingly, without warning, Evie is dead.nbsp;nbsp;The police suspect homicide.nbsp;nbsp;And their only suspect is Dr.nbsp;nbsp;Harry Corbett. Harry is not prepared for the stunning revelations that follow: His bright, beautiful, highly ambitious wife was leading a double life; she may have had dangerous secrets.nbsp;nbsp;But what secret could have been explosive enough to die for? Then the killer strikes again, boldly, tauntingly murdering one of Harry's favorite patients in such a way that only Harry knows the death was not natural.nbsp;nbsp;This time Harry is certain: The killer, medically sophisticated, coolly arrogant, moving undetected through a busy urban hospital, could only be a doctor.nbsp;nbsp;And he wonders--how many more will die? Desperately Harry probes deeper, following the only clue Evie left.nbsp;nbsp;What he finds is a sinister pattern that threatens patients in every hospital in the city.nbsp;nbsp;Harry is engaged in a life-and-death battle of wits with a chillingly efficient monster.nbsp;nbsp;And until the doctor is unmasked, no patient is safe from his lethal silent treatment. Michael Palmer has done it again, delivering a no-holds-barred novel of medical intrigue-- a gripping thriller that features the most terrifying physician since Hannibal Lecter.nbsp;nbsp;Silent Treatment will keep your pulse racing from beginning to end… (more)
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My first book by Michael Palmer, but not the last, I'm sure. A real roller-coaster ride, with lots of suspense all the way. It went fast, mainly because I had trouble putting it down.

If you don't like the state of medical care and medical insurance in the US, this book probably won't change your mind. Although it was a bit over the top, it didn't seem completely unbelievable that the insurance company would try to maximize their profits at the expense of a few patients. Hopefully, they don't go this far, but who knows?
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  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
A medical thriller that isn't, in a way. The lives of several people are taken in a mysterious way. The methods cause suspicion to land on Dr. Harry Corbett. To save himself, Corbett must track down the killer himself.

The medical part is that it takes a doctor or otherwise medically trained person to commit these murders. But there isn't any mysterious disease or unusual treatment involved. It is simply an evil person using his medical knowledge. There is a backstory here about the evil person and one of his victims, which complicates the story, adds interest.

Good airplane reading. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Whilst this had a certain air of deja vu having similar plot elements to a Robin Cook book I had read previously (insurance companies killing expensive patients to save money) there was a distinct difference in implementation of these plot elements. In Silent Treatment the story is more about the ramifications of those acts & the people involved in them, than the acts themselves.

Specifically, a friendly doctor, Harry Corbett, has his wife go in for what should be a rather run of the mill neurosurgery operation, only before she even gets to the operating theatre she dies. Blame is thrust upon Harry by a fellow doctor who had been planning to run away with his wife, and as Harry works to clear his name the situation becomes murkier than it initially appeared.

Overall, it was an excellent medical thriller that was thoroughly enjoyable with a climactic ending that wrapped the subplots up nicely. Would recommend for fans of medical thrillers, or thrillers in general. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Jun 13, 2020 |
What a great read!! Kind of terrifying-behind the scenes murders of
those costing the insurance companies money. This would make a great movie-as long as Tom Cruise isn't cast as the main character. ( )
  melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
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With his wife, Evie, scheduled for surgery the next day, Dr. Harry Corbett goes to the hospital for what he hopes will be a quiet evening of reconciliation. In recent weeks Evie, never quick to share her feelings, has been more closed and distant than ever.

But when Harry reaches Evie's room, it is too late for reconciliation. Shockingly, without warning, Evie is dead. The police suspect homicide. And their only suspect is Dr. Harry Corbett.
  christinejoseph | Feb 8, 2016 |
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For a decade of sharing her patience, understanding, friendship, gentle humor, wisdom, prodding, and faith with me, this book is dedicated to Beverly Lewis, Senior Editor, Bantam Books
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In his five bestselling novels, from The Sisterhood to Natural Causes, physician Michael Palmer has drawn on years of firsthand emergency-room experience to create the drama of a frighteningly authentic world--a world where the line between medicine and murder is scalpel-thin.nbsp;nbsp;Now, in his most harrowing suspense novel yet, Palmer reveals how the power to heal can become a license to kill.... With his wife, Evie, scheduled for surgery the next day, Dr.nbsp;nbsp;Harry Corbett goes to the hospital for what he hopes will be a quiet evening of reconciliation.nbsp;nbsp;In recent weeks Evie, never quick to share her feelings, has been more closed and distant than ever. But when Harry reaches Evie's room, it is too late for reconciliation.nbsp;nbsp;Shockingly, without warning, Evie is dead.nbsp;nbsp;The police suspect homicide.nbsp;nbsp;And their only suspect is Dr.nbsp;nbsp;Harry Corbett. Harry is not prepared for the stunning revelations that follow: His bright, beautiful, highly ambitious wife was leading a double life; she may have had dangerous secrets.nbsp;nbsp;But what secret could have been explosive enough to die for? Then the killer strikes again, boldly, tauntingly murdering one of Harry's favorite patients in such a way that only Harry knows the death was not natural.nbsp;nbsp;This time Harry is certain: The killer, medically sophisticated, coolly arrogant, moving undetected through a busy urban hospital, could only be a doctor.nbsp;nbsp;And he wonders--how many more will die? Desperately Harry probes deeper, following the only clue Evie left.nbsp;nbsp;What he finds is a sinister pattern that threatens patients in every hospital in the city.nbsp;nbsp;Harry is engaged in a life-and-death battle of wits with a chillingly efficient monster.nbsp;nbsp;And until the doctor is unmasked, no patient is safe from his lethal silent treatment. Michael Palmer has done it again, delivering a no-holds-barred novel of medical intrigue-- a gripping thriller that features the most terrifying physician since Hannibal Lecter.nbsp;nbsp;Silent Treatment will keep your pulse racing from beginning to end

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