Random House Audio, Audio Cassette, Abridged, Abridged, 9780553526974
Publication Date: April 4, 2000
3 Cassettes, 5 hours 15 minutes
Read by Lisa Harrow
His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center- and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But, Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.
Claude Malloche is a master assassin, more rumor than man, for whom murder is an art. No one can identity his face. Now Malloche has a deadly brain tumor, and he intends to have the best neurosurgeon in the world operate on it.
To ensure Jessie's cooperation, Malloche has devised a plan of intimidation that puts at risk her life and the lives of hundreds of innocent people. Neurosurgery requires nerves of steel, but in coming up with a scheme to fulfill her oath as a doctor while thwarting a diabolical killer, Jessie will be performing the most complex surgery of her career- on a knife-edge of terror.
Michael Palmer has practiced medicine for more than 20 years, most recently as an ER physician. He is currently involved in the treatment of doctors recovering from addictions. He is the author of The Sisterhood, Side Effects, Flashback, Natural Causes, Silent Treatment, Critical Judgment, Miracle Cure and Extreme Measures. He lives in Boston.
“[A] rip-roaring page-turner.”—New York Post
“The Patient might be [Palmer’s] most riveting book yet, leaving hardly enough time to take a breath.”—Denver Post
“The Patient is what Die Hard movies are made of: brilliantly nasty terrorists hectoring innocent folks, with only a wisecracking lone wolf to forestall.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
From the Paperback edition.