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06 February 2010

The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer : A Book Review

Title: The Last Surgeon
Author: Michael Palmer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 10, 2010
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN: 978-0312587499
Genre: Medical Mystery/Thriller


From the Publisher:

The New York Times bestselling author and master of medical suspense delivers another shocker of a thriller filled with insider details and a terrifying psychopath

Four murders.

Three accidents.

Two suicides.

One left…


Michael Palmer’s latest novel pits a flawed doctor against a ruthless psychopath, who has made murder his art form. Dr. Nick Garrity, a vet suffering from PTSD—post traumatic stress disorder—spends his days and nights dispensing medical treatment from a mobile clinic to the homeless and disenfranchised in D.C. and Baltimore. In addition, he is constantly on the lookout for his war buddy Umberto Vasquez, who was plucked from the streets by the military four years ago for a secret mission and has not been seen since.

Psych nurse Gillian Coates wants to find her sister’s killer. She does not believe that Belle Coates, an ICU nurse, took her own life, even though every bit of evidence indicates that she did—every bit save one. Belle has left Gillian a subtle clue that connects her with Nick Garrity.

Together, Nick and Gillian determine that one-by-one, each of those in the operating room for a fatally botched case is dying. Their discoveries pit them against genius Franz Koller--the highly-paid master of the “non-kill”—the art of murder that does not look like murder. As Doctor and nurse move closer to finding the terrifying secret behind these killings, Koller has been given a new directive: his mission will not be complete until Gillian Coates and Garrity, the last surgeon, are dead.

My Review:

The Last Surgeon
by Michael Palmer is an action-packed medical thriller that will keep the reader engaged and guessing until the very end. Dr. Nick Garrity, a war veteran battling with his own demons, was told his best friend and fellow PTSD sufferer, simply disappeared. Nick refuses to believe his long-time friend, Umberto Vasquez, would just vanish into thin air. Meanwhile, Gillian Coates is trying to uncover what truly happened to her sister Belle, as she does not believe her sister would commit suicide. Nurses are being killed and soon several homeless people are missing as well, and it appears there is a psychopath on the loose. With such a diverse section of the population being targeted could this be the work of one madman or are there others as well? Nick and Gillian, while searching for answers to their own questions, stumble across a clue that eventually leads them to each other, confirming that the apparent suicide of Belle and the disappearance of Umberto Vasquez are indeed not isolated incidents but rather part of a larger diabolical plot. Who is calling the shots and covering up the evidence? The Last Surgeon will take the reader on a fast-paced medical suspense-filled thrill ride where nothing is as it seems and there are forces at work far greater than anyone ever imagined. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for an intense medical thriller with a clever plot complete with several twists and turns along the way.

About the Author

MICHAEL PALMER is the author of fourteen previous novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to his writing, Palmer is 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 lives in eastern Massachusetts.
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I received a complimentary copy of The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer from the author, Michael Palmer. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Kat @ said...

Just loved this post... coming from SITS. Random, but are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore?

Mash1195 said...

Thanks for this review...putting it on my TBR list.

Diane said...

I've been hoping to win this book, as I love medical thrillers. Glad this one was a good one for you Jen.

Cheryl said...

I didn't know Palmer had a new book out. I read the one before this one and loved it. I'll have to put this on my wish list.


writergal said...

Medical thrillers can be great w/ a good writer. I also take special interest because I have a journalism degree and now work in healthcare.