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Oath of office, Michael Palmer

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Oath of office
Title
Oath of office
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Michael Palmer
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eng
Summary
"What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree at 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 Welcome worked with Merriman years before as a counsellor after John's medical licence had been revoked for drug addiction.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 licence 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"--
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  • A physician with a history of behavioral issues shoots and kills several people in his office before trying to take his own life. It falls to Dr. Lou Welcome, the assailant's friend and former colleague, to determine why the man went on his murderous rampage, but Welcome doesn’t bargain for a conspiracy that could lead directly to the Oval Office. This is a weaker novel than Palmer’s Last Surgeon (2010), but it’s stronger than A Heartbeat Away (2011), leaving it in the midrange of Palmer’s up-and-down swing. Its characters are sturdy, but the story doesn’t have the spark that made his early work such a treat. Palmer doesn’t seem all that interested in his plot. He seems content to let it be another frequently predictable conspiracy story, although there are places where it could have veered off in a new and surprising direction. This is one of those cases where there’s nothing especially wrong with the book, but it isn’t especially memorable, either. Not a complete misfire but, from an author with undeniable talent, a disappointment. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 01-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 9)
  • In this suspenseful thriller from bestseller Palmer (A Heartbeat Away), Dr. Lou Welcome, who nine years earlier lost his medical license “for self-prescribing amphetamines,” now works for the organization that cured him of his addiction, the Physician Wellness Office, counseling doctors with similar problems in Kings Ridge, Va., outside Washington, D.C. When John Meacham, a client of Lou’s who had “a better-than-decent recovery program,” fatally shoots seven patients and staff members at his office before shooting himself, the PWO suspends Lou. Other strange anomalies in Kings Ridge that Lou uncovers lead him to the U.S. president’s wife, who’s received a mysterious warning from a man known only as Double M. An unusual corn crop, giant termites, and greed combine to create a grave threat. Palmer’s easy mix of science and individual courage should please his many fans. Agent: Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 5, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 49, p)
  • Is there something in the water making people around the nation's capital commit crazy, unhinged acts? After a respected doctor once disciplined for alcoholism and anger issues shoots several people to death and kills himself, it's assumed he suffered a relapse. But his friend and sponsor, emergency-room veteran Lou Welcome, isn't buying that and the mystery takes him all the way to the White House. In his 17th medical suspense novel, Palmer (A Heartbeat Away, 2011, etc.) draws on his experience helping doctors with dependency and mental-health issues. Unable to convince his superiors that his late colleague, Meacham, was fully recovered and not in need of psychiatric counseling, Welcome is suspended. After Meacham's wife commits a strange, reckless act and a young man bizarrely causes himself physical harm in a trendy local diner, Welcome crosses paths with the First Lady, Darlene, whose husband has been acting with uncharacteristic rage. The First Lady has learned that the former agriculture secretary, a school friend of hers forced to resign after being videotaped in a motel room with a naked underage girl, was framed. The president orders his wife to stay away from him, but acting on the instructions of an unidentified source with knowledge of who did the framing and why, the First Lady becomes determined to clear the disgraced secretary's name. Ultimately, Welcome and the First Lady team up against bad guys who will do anything to keep secrets. This thriller raises compelling issues and features a likable hero, but the plot is dragged out and undercooked and the White House scenes ring false.(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10038825
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Palmer, Michael
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Lou Welcome novels
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conspiracies
  • Physicians
  • Mass murder
  • Political corruption
Label
Oath of office, Michael Palmer
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Publication
Control code
000048546088
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vii, 374 p.
Isbn
9780312587536
Label
Oath of office, Michael Palmer
Publication
Control code
000048546088
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vii, 374 p.
Isbn
9780312587536

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