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by Michael Palmer

eBook The Second Opinion: A Novel download ISBN: 0312937768
Author: Michael Palmer
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
Language: English
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Rating: 4.5
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

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Michael Palmer's book Second Opinion has excellent character development, for exMple, one of the main characters is supposedly in a coma, but actually has locked-in, meaning the patient is conscious, but unable to communicate. The eloquence in which Palmer handles this main character through interactis with ha Asberger daughter is brilliant.

The Second Opinion: A Novel. In The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will make you questio. verything. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

This is a work of fiction The second opinion.

This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, . Palmer, Michael, 1942–. The second opinion/ Michael Palmer. ISBN-13: 978- 0-312- 34355-2.

Best way to honor his memory today is to pick up a Michael Palmer book (plenty to choose from) and give it a read.

Best-selling medical thriller author and physician. Best way to honor his memory today is to pick up a Michael Palmer book (plenty to choose from) and give it a read.

Michael Stephen Palmer, . October 9, 1942 – October 30, 2013), was an American physician and author. His novels are often referred to as medical thrillers. One, Extreme Measures (1991), was adopted into a 1996 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Gene Hackman.

Michael Palmer is the author of twelve novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to 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.

By the time of his death, Dr. Palmer had published 19 books. The novel, Extreme Measures, which was his fourth novel would be turned into a movie in 1996

By the time of his death, Dr. The novel, Extreme Measures, which was his fourth novel would be turned into a movie in 1996. The starring in the movie was Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. He made a very successful sale of five million books in the entire world. According to Dr. Palmer, he started writing at the very base of his life. In the 1970s, he had undergone a series a knee surgery. Together with divorce, the two issues disturbed him to a point of desperation.

Palmer’s best novel in years is a highly suspenseful story that begins with a murder staged to look like a suicide and ends with the exposure of a far-reaching conspiracy. Palmer keeps his two leads-and us, too-in the dark for a good portion of the book, dispensing the occasional tantalizing hint of some horrible secret lying just below the surface. When we discover the truth behind the mystery, we’re shocked and exhilarated and bewildered, all at the same time. Palmer has always spun a good yarn, but this one is more compelling and features more engaging characters than some of his recent efforts.

Struck down by a hit-and-run driver, one of the world's most respected doctors lies comatose in the ICU unit of Boston's Beaumont Clinic. No one thinks he will survive. Two of his children believe treatment should be stopped. But his daughter Thea refuses to give up hope―and begins to suspect a cover-up. As a brilliant physician who left the hospital to work with the poor, Thea knows all too well the hidden agendas and personal conflicts that lurk beneath the surface of an elite medical center. When a late-night hospital intruder is identified as a professional killer, Thea is convinced her father's accident was no accident―and someone plans to finish the job…

Who would want to kill a man who saves lives―and why? The answers, Thea fears, are locked deep inside the mind of the only living witness―her father―a man who cannot move or speak. Until the flutter of a single eyelid provides him the means to communicate…and offers Thea a terrifying glimpse into an unfathomable conspiracy.

Comments: (7)
Cargahibe
3.5/5 stars. This is the first mystery I’ve read by Michael Palmer, and I generally enjoyed it. This is the selection for my January 2014 mystery book club meeting, so I’m already ahead of the game (no more procrastinating on book club reads this year!)

Things I liked: I was most engaged by the medical details woven throughout the narrative. Several times throughout the book, the memoir, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” was referred to. Having read it several years ago, it was interesting seeing how Palmer tied it into the story. I’m guessing he was inspired by it, and perhaps it played a part in his original thinking about this plot. I’m glad I was able to learn more about “locked-in syndrome”.

I also enjoyed Thea as a narrator. It took me a few chapters to get used to her voice (as someone with Asperger’s), but it was unique and lent a different tone to the story – one not typical of most mysteries I read. Sometimes I felt annoyed with her and had trouble relating to her as the main character, but I suppose that’s likely because I don’t have Asperger’s! Again, though, it was interesting having an insight into what some of those struggles might be like – how difficult it can be managing social interactions with “neurotypicals” like me :) It gave me a new perspective on Asperger’s, and I appreciated the Author’s Note (Q&A) about Asperger’s included at the end of the book.

This final point may seem strange, but I was amused by the tie-in to development and fundraising. As a side note, my day job is in development for a major research university that includes a hospital, so I had some insight into the drive, desire, and need for funds to support general operating and research work. Of course, I can’t imagine someone doing the terrible things that the chief Development Director at Beaumont did, but it was fun for me to see my seemingly ho-hum industry dramatized :)

Things that bothered me about this book: The romance between Thea and Dan felt a little forced. I think I would have enjoyed the book just much (if not more?) if it hadn’t been included at all. Or, it might have been more believable if Dan had become a close friend or confidant. I just had trouble buying-into the immediate romance/love affair – especially given Thea’s struggles with complex social interactions. Dan was also not as well developed as I would have liked. We learned his back story, and Thea seemed to enjoy thinking about his physical attributes and his kindness and sensitivity… but I still felt like he was flat. If he’s going to be in the story, it would have been nice to have him be more consistently included in the plot. It felt like he was coming and going – important, yet not. Also, Thea’s fantasies about Dan seemed contrived – they didn’t really seem like fantasies a woman would have. They seemed a little flat and cliched. I don’t know… those sections seemed like descriptions of fantasies that men think that woman have (which would make sense, since our author is male).

The pace of the plotting was a little uneven. It seems like we spent a lot of time in the hospital with Thea trying to piece things together. As soon as she starting putting the pieces together – particularly during the office break-in, the motive and tie-in to development/fundraising seemed clear and obvious. The rest of the book was really just showing the reader how Thea resolved the situation. And then, all the tension happened right at the very end of the book- during the last 50 pages of the book (of a 400 page book). Much of the rest of the book was set-up and build-up for the end, so be prepared for that (outside of just a couple of other scenes – mainly the break-in and the sinking car). There’s a lot of thinking, pondering, analyzing facts, etc…

Overall, this was a good, solid mystery. Would I recommend it to a friend? Maybe – it would depend on the circumstances and what kind of book said friend was looking for. I categorize this as a good airport/travel reading. It’s solid, but not blow-your mind phenomenal.
Ironfire
This is the first book by Michael Palmer that I have read, it wont be the last. Palmer like Robin Cook is a doctor of medicine and he knows how to spin a good story. This is a thriller about a medical family, an internationally noted diagnostic expert is nearly killed in an automobile accident, but was it an accident or was it deliberate? As close to death as anyone could possibly be, his daughter, Thea, a doctor, who has worked with Doctors Without Borders in Africa refuses to let him die. In her attempts to communicate with her father , who is a coma, a mystery of deep intrigue suspiscion of murder and medical malpractice is emergeing. A "who done it" with a surprise ending
Unirtay
Well written book by the author Michael Palmer. The storyline keeps you intrigued from beginning to end.
Diab
Anyone who has child who is off the normalscale as we know it, and there are somany. Seek any special guidance out there for child of any age affjicted.
Black_Hawk_Down
Michael Palmer's book Second Opinion has excellent character development, for exMple, one of the main characters is supposedly in a coma, but actually has locked-in, meaning the patient is conscious, but unable to communicate. The eloquence in which Palmer handles this main character through interactis with ha Asberger daughter is brilliant. At the end of the book, Palmer Answers questions about these special people who have AS
Silly Dog
This is one of Michael Palmers' best books. Being a nurse, I understood many of the medical issues in the story. I found Thea to be a charming and delightful heroine. The story had many twists and turns and I was sorry that Dimitri had suffered so. I loved this book.
Avarm
I listened to this and was intrigues by the subject of Asperger's syndrome since I have family who have this. Not only is it a good story but at the end Michael Palmer tells about Asperger's (since his son has it) in a easy to understand way. I bought this one for a gift for this very reason and have shared it with several people since I listened to it.
Michael Palmer's medical mysteries/suspense books aren't the usual who-done-it read--you learn lots about the medical world from these, and this one is no exception. Palmer is subtley against the huge, establishment medical-insurance conglomerates and shows why with riveting, suspenseful writing. Highly recommend his books.