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Political Suicide by Michael Palmer

Monday, March 4, 2013

From The New York Times bestselling author of Oath of Office comes a gripping thriller at the crossroads of politics and medicine

Dr. Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the “society doc.” Lou has been supervising McHugh, formerly a black-out drinker, through his work with the Physician Wellness Office.  McHugh has been very cavalier about his recovery, barely attending AA and refusing a sponsor. But Lou sees progress, and the two men are becoming friends. Now, McHugh has been found unconscious in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Soon after McHugh awakens in the hospital ER, Colston's wife returns home to find her husband shot dead in their garage. She then admits to the police that she had just broken off a long-standing affair with McHugh.

Something about McHugh's story has Lou believing he is telling the truth, that the Congressman was dead when he arrived and before he blacked out. Lou agrees to look into matters, but when he encounters motive, method and opportunity he is hard pressed to believe in his friend—that is until a deadly high-level conspiracy begins to unravel, and Lou acquires information that makes him the next target.
Goodreads Summary

Political books aren’t usually my thing, so I’m basing this review on character depth and plotline. The main character, Lou, was pretty bad-ass in my eyes. He’s a bit of a drunk, but sobers up once his friend is framed for murder. His goal is to prove his friend innocent; however, his attempts to do so tend to get him into more trouble than he originally thought possible. I really enjoyed reading about the actions and decisions Lou makes… he’s not stupid, thinks things through, and is persistent in his goal. Palmer created a thriller that had me reading at a rapid pace and thinking of the well-being of the characters. The plot moved at a good pace. Sometimes, I got bored, but again that’s because it’s not my type of genre. I don’t know how correct the lingo and situations are in real life, but from what I read in other reviews the author is pretty spot-on. Overall, the characters were nicely written and developed and the plot kept me on my toes. Twists were everywhere and I enjoyed the slightly humorous portions of the novel. I honestly didn’t know where everything was going which is always nice and spices things up. I recommend this book to people who like political, mystery, thriller, and action books.

3.5/5 stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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  1. I tend to like political thriller, mystery type books, so I think I may enjoy this one :) Thanks for your review!

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I've read a few books by this author and have found them to be page-turners for sure!