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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palmer Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781427208750
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The New York Times bestselling author and master of medical suspense delivers another shocker of a thriller filled with insider details and a terrifying psychopath

Four murders.Three accidents.Two suicides.One left…THE LAST SURGEON 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitzi | 2/17/2014

    " This was a mystery/suspense & one that had surprises. A surgeon/ex military with PTSD is running a mobile van to help the homeless & is in search of a friend that saved his life 4 years ago. Then there's a psychiatric nurse that is trying to find her sisters killer. Her sister supposedly committed suicide but that's not the case. These 2 get together to figure out what's going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 2/16/2014

    " Gotta love Palmer. His medical books are usually spot on and really make you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/16/2014

    " Not as good as I thought it was going to be but OK for a medical thriller. Murders were a bit unnecessarily gruesome and characters a bit underdeveloped. Will not rush to read another of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clara | 2/14/2014

    " I usually like Michael Palmer, but other than the requisite violence and romance, the entire plot escaped me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/17/2014

    " Another Michael Palmer novel so ya know I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Theriot | 1/2/2014

    " once I got into Michael Palmer's books I couldn't put them down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel Benedetto | 12/31/2013

    " I got bored once or twice but it kept me guessing until the end. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/30/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 4.5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick F. | 12/30/2013

    " A typically great Michael Palmer medical thriller- about a CIA secret op - and alot of info on PTSD - as the lead character- a Doctor suffers from it- kept me riveted- but 4 stars not 5 because of all the violence- I felt some of it was most gratuitous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mischelle | 12/28/2013

    " I really like this story!! Just when I thought that Nick was gonna get away from the bad guy, he doesn't. I wish that he would "nailed" the killer in the head in that office. Nick gets away but gets caught again. The ending was kind of predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 12/24/2013

    " This one was filled with coincidental connections and lucky breaks, but still an interesting plot. It was a nice change from the big-bad-HMO story lines that have dominated medical fiction of late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Stone | 12/14/2013

    " Lots of excitement but a little convoluted to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 12/5/2013

    " Stopped after 5-6 chapters... I've grown to hate the whole "let's get inside the mind of a sick & twisted killer for hire" part of the thriller genre. I don't need to read another book that makes me feel like I need a shower when I finish reading 20 pages or so. "

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

    " The start was a bit slow, but I read it within the 7 day time limit. Held my interest through the end. Similar to a Robin Cook medical mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheral DC White | 12/2/2013

    " Excellent work as usual for Michael Palmer! Five stars to you again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 7/26/2013

    " Michael Palmer brilliant as always ..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna Langford | 5/9/2013

    " As a member of the medical society, this book was wonderfully intriguing and contained accurate medical details which lent to the captivating factor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kcoloney | 4/1/2013

    " Not my favorite by this author -- I liked The First Patient more. But the background/setting of dealing with the PTSD of mid-East war vets was timely and interesting, and the hero was a sympathetic character. The book was a little to ugly in places for me. But it's an ugly subject... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 2/14/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 4.5 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 7/14/2012

    " Can't really pin point why I didn't care for this book. The first part of the book seemed to drag for me in some spots and then, in others, seemed to jump around a lot. I kept reading hoping that it would progress, but it didn't for me. I found the ending dissappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 6/25/2012

    " This one was really good. I was kept at the edge of my seat the entire time and didn't really know how it was going to turn out. The twist and turns were really well done. I liked Dr. Nick and I wish we got to read about him again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 6/23/2012

    " Great medical thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 9/4/2011

    " A medical thriller by a new author to me. Somewhat like Robin Cook's work. The sociopathic killer is right up there on par with Dexter. Very scary. We can only hope the United States does not actually engage in dark ops similar to this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 7/18/2011

    " I live Michael Palmer... But this isn't one if my favorites. A little slow moving and predictable. Too bad :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keitha | 7/2/2011

    " Very intriguing and very creepy at the same time. Really, really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 6/23/2011

    " My Aunt gave me this book. I am just not a big fan of murder mysteries. Hate all the blood and violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/9/2011

    " Another good one by Michael Palmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 5/3/2011

    " Very suspenseful! Easy summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 5/3/2011

    " A little more graphic than most of his books--but he is still my most favorite action-thriller writers. An enjoyable vacation read. As always, loved the hero characters Michael Palmer creates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 3/29/2011

    " mystery::::: this is quite a good book in some places the sledding isa little hard but generally it moves along ok. characters are ok or maybe a little better than better than ok...as far as the plot, it seems to me though interesting it lacks something in the telling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 3/8/2011

    " Great book. Keeps you reading until you finish. Don't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzee | 3/8/2011

    " The book was entertaining, but this is the first time I have read a book that revealed so much about the murderers thoughts. I found it creepy. I appreciated the insight about veterans with PTSD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 3/3/2011

    " Great story, although the writing was a little cheesy sometimes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 3/2/2011

    " I usually love Michael Palmer books, but this was just too brutal and horrific. I read it but was repulsed for 3/4's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 3/1/2011

    " This book was too graphic for me. Otherwise it would have received three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Midge | 2/20/2011

    " I liked this audio book. It was easy to listen too, but complex enough that I didn't have it all figured out before the final few chapters. Michael Palmer is a favorite writer... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/18/2011

    " Dr. Palmer delivers another reliably entertaining medical mystery thriller. This one features a particularly nasty villain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 2/6/2011

    " I wanted to like it more but it just felt so predictable. An airplane book but not one that caught my attention enough to make the flight fly by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 2/5/2011

    " Five stars for The Last Surgeon. The book was fast paced, entertaining, and cleanly written. Plus it has a friggin' creepy bad guy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loraine | 1/27/2011

    " If you like medical thrillers with a twist of James Bond then you will like this book. Some parts were a little too creepy for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mherriges | 1/24/2011

    "
    there are a lot of twists and turns in this story that get all tied up and resolved by the end. If you like a story that doesn't leave any loose ends you will be satisfied with this story. The good guys win, there is some collateral damage but everyone is happy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/15/2011

    " An interesting story marred by some seriously clunky writing. "

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About the Author
Author Michael PalmerMichael Palmer (1942-2013) wrote internationally bestselling novels of medical suspense, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, The Last Surgeon, A Heartbeat Away, Oath of Office and Political Suicide. His book Extreme Measures was adapted into a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Palmer earned his bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University, and he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine. In addition to his writing, Palmer was 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 lived in eastern Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.