Synopses & Reviews
Dr. Carrie Bryants four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity.
What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patients life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives.
When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation.
Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employees the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.
"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
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 is the author of twenty novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Extreme Measures
was the basis for a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman.
DANIEL PALMER is the author of four critically-acclaimed suspense novels. After receiving his masters 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.