February 8, 2010

Review & Giveaway: The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer

WINNER: Nora in California

The Last Surgeon

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Product Description:
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:
Man, this was one seriously good thriller! It felt like I was reading an onion with all the layers that were peeled back when getting to the bottom of the mystery. The killer is truly one of the scariest murderers I've read since The Book of Matthew which gave me nightmares. He's just so creepy with his "non-kills". It makes me think that there really are killers like this in the world.

I thought the romance between Gillian and Nick was a little to convenient but Nick was such a lovable character that I didn't get as bothered by this as I normally would. Palmer comes up with some great characters and even the secondary characters have depth which made this a quick and enjoyable read that I recommend to anyone who loves thrillers.

Be sure to follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter using the links above as he has some great events planned leading up to his release date of February 16th. You can also pre-order your own copy of this exciting book at http://www.michaelpalmerbooks.com/.

Michael has generously donated one copy of The Last Surgeon  and all you have to do to win is visit Michael's website and comment on one thing you learned while visiting. It could be anything.

For extra entries Tweet about the giveaway using the "ShareThis" link at the end of this post or Tweet your own message. Twitter entries can be done once a day, just be sure to leave me the link to your Tweet each time you do.

Giveaway open to US only. Please, no PO Boxes. Winner will be selected February 15th and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or a new winner will be selected. Please be sure to leave me an email address in your comment if it's not in your profile or your post using anonymous.

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Margie said...

In addition to writing, he works part time for the Massachusetts Medical Society as an Associate Director of their physician health program.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

bermudaonion said...

I thought it was funny that he said he got a "G" on his first English paper in college. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Unknown said...

Please count me in. Palmer is involved with Books and Bands for our Troops. Way to go!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

scottsgal said...

He went to Weslyan University in Connecticut
thanks for the chance
msboatgal at aol.com

Brenda S. said...

He went to Weslyan University in Connecticut.

mrsshukra said...

n addition to the writing, Michael works part time (20 hours a week or so) for the Massachusetts Medical Society as an Associate Director of their physician health program, helping doctors with physical illness, mental illness, or substance abuse put their lives together.


Anonymous said...

I thought it was funny that his sister called him "Dull"!


Sandra K321 said...

I didn't realize that he spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine.

Tigger58 said...

Reading Michael's website,I found it interesting to find out he was a practitioner for over 20 years. From one successful career to another...way to go! He sounds like an exciting person, never a dull moment.

sharon54220 said...

I hate to admit it, but I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Michael Palmer's books. I found out that he was a physician for over 20 yrs. And he is still involved in the Medical Society.
I love books like this involving the medical field. I work at a hopsital, even though it's at the switchboard, but I also used to ride with my First Aid Squad. My dad was a founding member of our squad, so I've grown up around it all my life.
I am going to have to start reading all of his books.

Thanks for the chance.


enyl said...

I learned that Michael is an avid researcher, he read seven textbooks while writing The First Patient.

Stephanie said...

I am way overdue for a good thriller! This is not an entry -- I just wanted to say thanks for the great review. You've piqued my interest in this author. :-)

Anita Yancey said...

I learned that he likes to read escapist fiction, such as Robert Ludlum, Eric Ambler and Agatha Christie. I really enjoy reading medical thrillers. Please enter me. Thanks!


Sarah E said...

He loves to read escapist fiction, such as Robert Ludlum, Alistair McLean, Eric Ambler, John D. MacDonald, and Agatha Christie.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I tweeted:


saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Sarah E

Meljprincess said...

Michael is hard at work on his next story, THE FIRST PATIENT–a thriller about the president’s physician.
Yay! Michael's books appeal to me greatly. Thanks for sending me to his site. I want to write a true crime novel and I believe it would be benifical to me to read some of Michael's stories. I also love books about the Prez or his family so I don't want to miss PATIENT.
It would be such a thrill to win SURGEON! Thanks.

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Victor | UPrinting said...

Hi Monica,

Based on your description, looks like this is one good suspense thriller. Although it'll be quite a challenge for me to read since I can imagine there will be a lot of chasing within the hospital hallways...which I really find creepy :-)

Pam P said...

Great review, my mother is a big fan of his books. I saw he finally got a bit of revenge on an English professor, using him as the villain in one of his stories.

rubynreba said...

His books have been translated into 35 languages.