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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palmer Narrator: Adam Arkin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his bestselling novels, physician Michael Palmer has drawn on years of firsthand emergency-room experience to create the drama of a frighteningly authentic world—a world where the line between medicine and murder is scalpel-thin. Now, in his most harrowing suspense novel yet, Palmer reveals how the power to heal can become a license to kill.

With his wife, Evie, scheduled for surgery the next day, Dr. Harry Corbett goes to the hospital for what he hopes will be a quiet evening of reconciliation. In recent weeks Evie, never quick to share her feelings, has been more closed and distant than ever.

But when Harry reaches Evie’s room, it is too late for reconciliation. Shockingly, without warning, Evie is dead. The police suspect homicide, and their only suspect is Dr. Harry Corbett—who is not prepared for the stunning revelations that follow: his bright, beautiful, highly ambitious wife was leading a double life; she may have had dangerous secrets. But what secret could have been explosive enough to die for?

Then the killer strikes again, boldly, tauntingly murdering one of Harry’s favorite patients in such a way that only Harry knows the death was not natural. This time Harry is certain: the killer, medically sophisticated, coolly arrogant, moving undetected through a busy urban hospital, could only be a doctor. And he wonders, How many more will die?

Desperately, Harry probes deeper, following the only clue Evie left. What he finds is a sinister pattern that threatens patients in every hospital in the city. Harry is engaged in a life-and-death battle of wits with a chillingly efficient monster. And until the doctor is unmasked, no patient is safe from his lethal silent treatment.

Michael Palmer has done it again, delivering a no-holds-barred novel of medical intrigue—a gripping thriller that features the most terrifying physician since Hannibal Lecter. Silent Treatment will keep your pulse racing from beginning to end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Palmer creates a suspenseful, entirely credible tale of health insurance fraud and behind-the-scenes hospital politics. Palmer, who manages to find new and more frightening themes for his medical thrillers, gets better with each book.”

    Library Journal

  • “Palmer has written another winner in his usual gripping, surprise-filled manner...Silent Treatment will make many readers think, definitely keep them interested, and maybe even make them cheer when Palmer’s next thriller appears.”


  • “Palmer’s medical-insurance mystery story will increase the anxiety level of any listener who’s on the way to the doctor...There’s plenty of action, and the medical details are authentic. George Guidall serves up a malicious killer, a lovable doctor-hero, a beautiful bald-headed lady, thugs, call girls, detectives, and jealous lovers. His style is subtle; the slight pause here, the hard edge there. The listener almost forgets the voice, which is clear but not aggressive. Guidall is especially able to convey character through dialogue.”


  • “Extremely vivid characters...never boring.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marlyn | 2/19/2014

    " Probably the first book I read of Micael Palmer and read a few more. After this amount of time I don't remember the details of the story but I know I liked his book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rae | 2/19/2014

    " An adequate suspend-your-disbelief medical thriller. Not unlike watching TV or a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Audrey Matuauto | 2/18/2014

    " Palmer is an amazing author but naughty... I don't watch rated R movies and this ended up being a rated R book. I had to skip a couple promiscuous chapters and edit out some swearing. I wouldn't recommend it to those who don't like rated R media. But unfortunately, the book was really fantastic and very suspenseful!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JANET | 2/18/2014


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