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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: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751833
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 JANET | 2/18/2014

    " THIS BOOK MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES COULD POSSIBLY BE DOING IN THESE TIMES TO SAVE MONEY BY KILLING OFF THE MOST EXPENSIVELY TREATED PATIENTS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/6/2014

    " If you want an "on the edge of your seat" climax, this is it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne Swiatek | 1/30/2014

    " It was hard to get started -- the beginning was scattered--too many sites, too many people, too many stories, and very depressing. But once Palmer focuses on his main character, it slowly starts to weave into a page-turning thriller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen Canfield | 1/7/2014

    " I did not care for it all that much. Not my favorite "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/4/2014

    " Lots of twists and turns, an exciting read. And Palmer can write well. If you like Robin Cook and medical thrillers, read Palmer's stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ChrisGA | 12/28/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed Palmer's previous book and looked forward to this one. This was such an intense, depressing book that it was hard for me to get into the nightmare Harry was living--yet it was impossible to put down. Insurance companies with too much power and no conscience make a scary villain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/24/2013

    " I am enjoying reading Michael Palmer's books. I love medical mystery/thrillers. Once I got about 3/4 of the way through I could not put it down for needing to find out "whodunit!" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 12/17/2013

    " A bland medical thriller/whodunnit. Poor character development and very predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/11/2013

    " Very exciting book, you cant help but wonder if the mystery will ever get solved "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/5/2013

    " This was a good book by Palmer. Not one of my favorites of his, though. Good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luan | 12/3/2013

    " I'd really like to give this 3 1/2 stars. I liked the story line. I liked the way the author brought 3 different story lines together and I was surprised by some of the twists and turns. But at the end of the story it just seemed to keep going on and on and on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/3/2013

    " I really like this book, could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karleene Morrow | 11/29/2013

    " Oh my, another page turner from this author. Really like the two books I've now read. Suspense plus, and all in all a darn good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/1/2013

    " Not the best or most original book by Michael Palmer I've read, but an interesting read all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 9/22/2013

    " Great thriller. My first Palmer book and I'm hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/14/2013

    " I read a little of it. Not much though. It seemed okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renz Alcantara | 2/6/2013

    " Never dragging and even a lay person can understand the medical terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 11/27/2012

    " I usually enjoy medical mysteries and this one fit the bill for a light read on my holiday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/17/2012

    " Not his greatest, but entertaining enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 9/2/2012

    " Reads fast. As if health insurance reality wasn't bad enough here we have HMO's and insurance agencies conspiring to kill patients for future savings. Requires lots of suspension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/10/2012

    " Fast read. Bad guy, good guy, gets the girl but a riviting plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 5/3/2012

    " Another good older title by Palmer. Not my absolute top, but I did enjoy the story. It moved quickly, and the characters were very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/29/2012

    " It's been awhile since I last read one of his books, was a nice change, easy read and entertaining. A tiny predictable as it neared the end. Maybe a half less star for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 3/14/2012

    " A GP on staff at a Manhattan Hospital is embroiled in multiple murders starting with his wife's. In trying to clear his name and reputation he becomes even more embroiled. It is complex and holds your interest. Very few authors can do a medical thriller as well as Palmer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 9/1/2011

    " My second Palmer book, I really enjoy his take on medicine. Its fast paced and an easy book to listen to. I will definitely read or listen to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 8/10/2011

    " Michael Palmer is very good at buiilding a suspenseful medical mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/25/2011

    " This was good, fun to see the medical terminology. Good plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 7/12/2011

    " Silent Treatment is a fast-paced medical thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Scary bad guys, awesome good guys, and a nice payoff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 6/15/2011

    " Read this in high school--one of my fave medical thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/11/2011

    " Fast read. Bad guy, good guy, gets the girl but a riviting plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/22/2011

    " Mais um óptimo livro! ( Tratamento Silencioso ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/19/2011

    " A GP on staff at a Manhattan Hospital is embroiled in multiple murders starting with his wife's. In trying to clear his name and reputation he becomes even more embroiled. It is complex and holds your interest. Very few authors can do a medical thriller as well as Palmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/13/2011

    " Hmmmm...sort of a different plot for Michael Palmer, I rather enjoyed that! Still had the obligatory romance, and bad guy chasing, but definitely kept my interest. I think this would be a good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/1/2011

    " This author writes some really creative medical thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/3/2010

    " It's been awhile since I last read one of his books, was a nice change, easy read and entertaining. A tiny predictable as it neared the end. Maybe a half less star for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 12/16/2009

    " Michael Palmer always writes a pretty good medical mystery drama. This one did start to drag a little for me about half way in though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/14/2009

    " I really like this book, could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 9/28/2009

    " This was a good book. I will definitely read more from Michael Palmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 6/17/2009

    " Great thriller. My first Palmer book and I'm hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 5/10/2009

    " Reads fast. As if health insurance reality wasn't bad enough here we have HMO's and insurance agencies conspiring to kill patients for future savings. Requires lots of suspension. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 2/27/2009

    " I did not care for it all that much. Not my favorite
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/26/2009

    " This was good, fun to see the medical terminology. Good plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 10/14/2008

    " If you want an "on the edge of your seat" climax, this is it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JANET | 9/1/2008

    " THIS BOOK MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES COULD POSSIBLY BE DOING IN THESE TIMES TO SAVE MONEY BY KILLING OFF THE MOST EXPENSIVELY TREATED PATIENTS. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer (1942–2013) authored twenty-one novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, and The Last Surgeon. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Extreme Measures was the basis for a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman.