By: Michael Palmer
published by: St. Martin's Press
publish date: December 11, 2012
Dr. Lou Welcome 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. 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.
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.
I was a big fan of Oath of Office. Dr. Lou Welcome is a great character and I like the job he has. I was happy to find out he was a returning character in Political Suicide. Not only is Dr. Welcome a great character, but I particularly like the relationship he has with his teenage daughter and she is also back in Political Suicide.
I think fans of Michael Palmer will be happy with this book. All Palmer's books are great and this one was up to par.
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