St. Martin's Press, 9781250030894, 384pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Prepare to be hooked from page one of this shock-inducing medical thriller from
New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer and his son, acclaimed suspense novelist Daniel Palmer.
Dr. Carrie Bryant is a much-admired neurosurgical resident at an esteemed Boston hospital. When the relentless pace of her residency leads to a life-shattering error, Carrie loses her confidence—and decides to quit her residency and move back home. Her new life’s purpose: To help her combat-vet brother, Adam, recover from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“A unique novel that shows the strength of both authors’ work.”—Mystery Scene
The experimental program at the VA Medical Center promises the possibility of curing the ravages of PTSD forever. It seems like Adam’s best option, but Carrie has her doubts when one of her patients goes missing…and then another. Carrie joins local investigative reporter David Hoffman in the hunt for answers. The hospital, however, is determined to keep its secrets at all costs. As Carrie and David descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption, the price Carrie could pay for asking the wrong questions is her own life…
“When it comes to inventive plots for medical thrillers, nobody does it better than Michael Palmer.”—Huffington Post
About the Author
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 Trauma: A Novel…
“Exciting, fast-paced.” —Library Journal (starred review) on Resistant
“Palmer's growing audience will find much to enjoy here, as will medical-thriller fans of all stripes.” —Booklist on Resistant
“The twists fly in A Heartbeat Away and the results create a terrifying scenario…Palmer has a mastery of the medicinal science involved in such elaborate conspiracy, plus the intricacies of presidential succession.” —Associated Press on A Heartbeat Away
“Compelling and terrifying.” —Kirkus on Oath of Office
“Prepare to burn some serious midnight oil.” —The Boston Herald on The Last Surgeon