What a book!

May 10, 2010

“Second Opinion” by Michael Palmer

Filed under: Authors,Fiction,Medical Thrillers,Michael Palmer,Mystery — jacksheard @ 11:24 pm

I really like medical thrillers.

I dislike hospitals. Don’t like being a patient or a visitor. Nothing against doctors, but I’d rather stay at home and be healthy.

But I like medical thrillers.

Michael Palmer and Tess Gerritson are two of my favorites in this genre. I crave my next Tess book. Luckily, I have a stack of Palmers to read to keep me going.

I’ve read a handfull of Palmer books, and I’ve not been disapointed yet. “The Patient” was one of the first books I read when I began reading seriously about 10 years ago. It was one that made me realize reading was awesome. I still list it in my top ten (theoritically, since I do not actually have this list).

However, Melissa and I realized we’ve only scratched the surface of Palmer. As we anticipated his most recent novel, “The Last Surgeon,” we decided to go back in his collection and catch up. I’ll eventually read them all — between new releases from “my authors” — but I started with “Second Opinion.”

And now the review (this was like the beginning of “Cougartown” — a long damn time before you get to the opening credits):

It’s great.

OK, expanding I can tell you it involves a hospital in Boston where many rich folk go to get fixed. And leave generous donations behind. When an important doctor is hit by car and left in a coma, his daughter begins looking into a few mysteriously suspisious situations. Of course, she finds some interesting tidbits, gets into some trouble and finds herself in the middle of a … medical thriller.

And it’s a good one. Maybe not on the level of “The Patient” … but maybe it is. I may have to re-read that one to remember why I liked it so much. But I’m sure I did. 

“Second Opinion” is fascinating for another reason. It centers around a character with Asperger’s syndrome — a condition I knew next to nothing about. It is very interesting how Palmer uses his personal knowledge of the condition (one of his children has Asperger’s syndrome) to create a character you begin to understand on a different level than many others. It is not often a main character is different in this way, and it certainly adds an element of surprise to even ordinary conversations.

Four stars out of five.

YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS BOOK IF: You like medical suspense thrillers, Tess Gerritson novels, or you’re looking for an author with a good catelog to spend some time with.

Link to Michael Palmer site.

Link to Asperger’s syndrome information.


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