Synopses & Reviews
To protect. To defend. To obey? This heart-stopping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer will have you questioning everything you know about those entrusted with our lives.
In a suburb of Washington, DC, Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree in his office, killing his associate, staff, and two patients before killing himself.
On a quiet country road, a housewife finds herself compelled to drive recklessly, nearly killing herself and her passenger.
“If MEDICAL THRILLS are what youre after, PALMER DELIVERS.”
In a quaint restaurant, a kitchen worker wields his knife, unable to stop himself from almost severing his hand.
“A DARN GOOD READ.”
What is the connection? How can Dr. Lou Welcome clear his friend Meachams name? And what is the unspeakable conspiracy that leads all the way to the White House?
Oath of Office
When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.
The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John's medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he's incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.
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 bachelors 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.