A Heartbeat Away

A Heartbeat Away

By Michael Palmer

St. Martin's Press, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780312587512, 516pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2011


On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one foresees the horrific turn of events that leads him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building.

A terrorist group calling itself "Genesis" has unleashed a highly contagious virus into the building, and the only one who fully knows its deadly consequences is the president himself. Desperate, he turns to virologist Griffin Rhodes, whose alleged theft of the microbe landed him in a maximum-security federal prison. Griff knows he's innocent but is forced to barter with the government: his attempt at a cure in exchange for his release.

About the Author
Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of eleven novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to his writing, Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency, including alcoholism. In what spare time he has, Palmer is a weight lifter and avid tournament bridge player. He lives in eastern Massachusetts, where he is best known for his two eccentric cats and three terrific sons. Visit and write him at www.michaelpalmerbooks.com.

Praise For A Heartbeat Away

Praise for Michael Palmer’s


“When it comes to inventive plots for medical thrillers nobody does it better than Michael Palmer…  This premise is explosive and compelling and grabs the readers from the very first page.”—Huffington Post

“Palmer never fails to thrill when he presents a tautly constructed puzzle, with characters that make readers whiz through pages late at night.”—RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) 

“A non stop action ride…Having made a career with medial thrillers, this latest adds political intrigue and terrorism into the mix. …Palmer makes what Clancy writes look like the Boxcar Kids.”—Crimespree magazine

“Perfect.”—Marblehead Reporter

“Michael Palmer anchors his thrillers in high concept and steeps them in medicine. A Heartbeat Away opens with a prologue, and from the opening line, the reader knows things are not going to go well…This is the book for readers who wholeheartedly believe politicians are capable of anything.”—Boston Globe