Critical Judgment

Critical Judgment

By Michael Palmer; Beckett

Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553574081, 480pp.

Publication Date: January 2, 1998


In the tiny town of Patience, California, newcomer Dr. Abby Dolan has noticed a frightening syndrome among her emergency room patients.  It begins with a baffling, seemingly minor set of symptoms, but builds relentlessly until it plunges its victims into insane, murderous rages.  As she searches for clues to this deadly mystery, Abby's superiors make it clear her probing is unwelcome.

Soon Abby will learn just how high the cost of the truth may be--and how far someone will go to keep a lethal secret.  But she may not find the answer until it's too late to save her patients, her career...her life.

About the Author
Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty languages. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals, spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine, and is now an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society's physician health program

Praise For Critical Judgment

"Wrenchingly scary...Palmer is reaching the top of a demanding craft."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is a novel that manages to scare the socks off the reader while still providing made-for-Hollywood entertainment."
--The Globe and Mail, Toronto

"Palmer [brings] his fascinating ER procedural knowledge to a fast-paced...narrative."
--San Francisco Chronicle