Mercy (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Daniel Palmer, Michael Palmer

St. Martin's Press, 9781250030849, 384pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
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Paperback (3/7/2017)
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Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die –until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. Sam begs to end his life, but Julie sees hope in a life together. With the help of an organization that opposes physician-assisted suicide, Julie has Sam coming around to her point of view when he suddenly dies from an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress –in fact, it appears that Sam had been literally scared to death.

As Julie investigates similar cases, she finds a frightening pattern…and finds herself the target of disturbing threats. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate, until she is accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down whoever is behind these mysterious deaths...but time is running out as someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her.

A riveting medical thriller, Mercy will leave readers breathless with twists and turns leading up to its explosive conclusion, from New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer and his son, acclaimed suspense novelist Daniel Palmer.

"Ample, plausible twists combined with well-developed characters add up to a superior thriller." -Publishers Weekly starred review

About the Author

DANIEL PALMER is the author of several critically-acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master's degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children, where he is currently at work on his next novel.

Michael Palmer (1942-2013) wrote internationally bestselling novels of medical suspense, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, The Last Surgeon, A Heartbeat Away, Oath of Office and Political Suicide. His book Extreme Measures was adapted into a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages.

Palmer earned his bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University, and he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine. In addition to his writing, Palmer was 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.

He lived in eastern Massachusetts.

Praise For Mercy: A Novel

"Ample, plausible twists combined with well-developed characters add up to a superior thriller." -Publishers Weekly on Mercy (starred review)

"The Palmers juggle solid characters, suspense, and moral complexity into a fine package." —Booklist on Mercy

Praise for Trauma

“Driven to diagnose a terrifying set of symptoms, Dr. Carrie Bryant collides with death dressed in a white coat. Start reading Trauma; you won’t stop. A chilling medical thriller.” —New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

"Fast-moving, nicely detailed." -Booklist on Trauma

"Intelligent and disturbing." -RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on Trauma

"A riveting medical thriller that will grab you by the throat and won't let you go until long after you have read the intense climax...A must read for all!" –Suspense Magazine on Trauma

Praise for Resistant

"Exciting, fast-paced." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Palmer's growing audience will find much to enjoy here, as will medical-thriller fans of all stripes." —Booklist

“In the doctor hero’s latest adventure, he’s tender as well as tough, and you have to cheer him on in his fight to save the friend who helped save him.” –Kirkus Reviews