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Political Suicide (Dr. Lou Welcome #2)

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A physician accused of murder. A massive cover-up. An entire nation at risk…In Political Suicide, New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer once again delivers a stunning page-turner set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science.

Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a
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Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2012)
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Jun 30, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read, audio
Only a third of the novel left and I am have to put it down. I just cannot continue.

This is not my first ride with Palmer. Normally I enjoy his books, or at least I thought I did. I'll have to review my Read shelves. And this Dr. Lou Welcome. The returning character from a prior novel. Why is that? I barely remembered him and certainly not enough to want to continue to read about him and his personal demons.

This particular novel finds our returning hero attempting to discover the origins and i
Darcia Helle
Political Suicide has it all: Characters you can't help but love or hate, nonstop action, a plot that keeps you guessing, and, of course, excellent writing.

While the main character here is a doctor, this book is more a political thriller than a medical thriller. And I must disclose that I'm not a big fan of political intrigue. Yet I loved this one. I could list many reasons for that, but the main thing for me is that the characters and storyline go far beyond one-dimensional political conspirac
Jan 19, 2013 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Political” is yet another non-medical thriller (as were his last two outings) from an favorite author we felt exceeded Robin Cook in style and substance. But now these stories, featuring almost ridiculously implausible plots, are little better than also-ran thrillers in our opinion – and unless this pattern stops, we’re done with Palmer.

Dr. Lou Welcome is back from “Oath of Office”, but he could have been a plumber – his medical skills hardly influence or bear on the story at all. Meanwhile as
Drennan Spitzer
Michael Palmer's Political Suicide tells the story of Lou Welcome, an ER doctor who also works as a substance abuse and addiction counselor. Welcome investigates the murder of prominent congressman, Elias Colston after Welcome's long-time friend and patient is accused of the murder. As Welcome pursues the investigation, he stumbles upon what appears to be a conspiracy, one reaching to the highest level of the U.S. government. Palmer is a best-selling author and for good reason. Political Suicide ...more
Richard Mabry
Nov 23, 2012 Richard Mabry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
When I began reading Michael Palmer's books, they were primarily medical thrillers. Since this is the same genre in which I write, we became cyber-friends, and I've continued to read and enjoy his work. I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Reading Copy of Political Suicide, and think Michael's work is getting better as time goes on. Although he's now writing more about political situations and less about medicine (although the protagonist is a physician), he hasn't lost any of his abilit ...more
Jan 16, 2013 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Dr. Lou Welcome from Oath of Office returns and finds himself in a heap of trouble. A desperate phone call from his client and friend, Dr. Gary McHugh, just starts the ball rolling. McHugh is a blackout drunk and Dr. Welcome has been trying to help him. It seems McHugh was found unconscious in his wrecked car just down the road from the home of Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. As he wakes up in the hospital he hears the Congressman has been murdered. He ...more
Jennifer Lane
Wonderful Suspense!

What would you do if a friend gets accused of murder, but you don't think he did it?

When the hero of the military/political thriller Political Suicide faces that exact dilemma, he proves that he is not one to back down from a challenge. Dr. Lou Welcome has battled through many challenges in his life -- the biggest being the daily struggle to stay clean and sober. He helps other physicians through drug rehab and re-entry into medical practice.

Gary McHugh is one such physician
Benjamin Thomas
This is the second novel to feature Michael Palmer's physician/detective Dr. Lou Welcome, following the book: Oath of Office. Even though the author of this book is a doctor, and is known for writing medical thrillers, he also writes political thrillers and this latest novel hits all the marks. At first, I wasn't sure what to make of the title but as the novel unfolds it becomes quite clever...and on several levels. In fact, that's what I found intriguing about the entire novel: very clever and ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Mystery, Thriller
*Rating* 3.5


Dr. Lou Welcome, last seen in Michael Palmer’s “Oath of Office”, returns for another adventure in “Political Suicide.” For those who are not familiar with Dr. Welcome, he, like the author, works for the Physician Wellness Office (PWO). It’s a place where doctors who need help with support in their recovery from mental illness, behavioral problems, and drug and alcohol abuse get the help they need in order to begin their long road back to normality and
Oh gosh, the third star is purely because I have previously really enjoyed Michael Palmer and I like the idea of Dr. Lou Welcome, an ER doc recovering from addiction who works with other doctors who find themselves (and therefore their careers) in trouble. However, the actual Dr. Lou Welcome just does not live up to expectations nor do I find this series thus far worthy of Michael Palmer.

I'm all for suspending belief and embracing the slightly fluffy thriller now and then, and now was a pretty
Dec 10, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Lou Welcome receives a phone call from a friend, Dr. Gary McHugh. Dr. McHugh tells Dr. Lou that he urgently needs his help. He needs to come to his house before the police arrive. Lou arrives to learn that Gary is the prime suspect in the murder of Congressman Elias Colston. To make matters worse, Gary can not remember a thing. He was found unconscious in his car. Thus the reason for Lou’s help. Gary knows that Lou will get to the truth.

I must admit that it has been a long time since I have
Jun 13, 2013 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible. Flat, un-engaging characters, boring, predicable plot. Yuck. Couldn't wait for it to be over. Will be avoiding all future Lou Welcome books.
Linda B
Dec 10, 2012 Linda B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read Oath of Office by Michael Palmer, you will recognize Dr. Lou Welcome as the main character in his new book, Political Suicide. The author has drifted away from his medical mysteries and into the political thriller genre. Even if you haven’t read Oath of Office, Political Suicide is absolutely a stand-alone read.

Lou’s work with doctors recovering form drug or alcohol abuse once again leads him to precarious circumstances in his attempts to help one of his patients. When Dr. Gary
Nan Williams
Aug 26, 2013 Nan Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one - no one at all
Shelves: no-more
This was my second book featuring Dr. Lou Welcome. The first, Oath of Office, had a lot of potential, but fell short in every category. I decided to give this series one more try as I've really enjoyed Palmer's past books.

Lou Welcome makes really poor (and downright stupid) decisions. He made it through the story without getting killed because he was lucky, not because he was smart. And then there was the lady lawyer, Sarah Cooper, who's got a mad on for all doctors because her husband was mis-d
Dec 11, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Political Suicide: Michael Palmer

Imagine being arrested for a murder that you might have witnessed but not sure whether you committed. Imagine drinking to the extent that you black out by the alcohol intake and you long term memory is impaired and your inability to recall the past or an event creates more than just amnesia but confusion and difficulty remembering the event in this case murder after it happened. What would happen if this happened if you were found unconscious in your car that was
Dr. Lou Welcome of the Physicians Wellness Center has a new case. This group tries to help doctors who have gotten into trouble or have situations that need assistance.

Lou is called by one of his clients, Dr. Gary McHugh who tells Lou that he, Gary, is about to be arrested for killing a powerful Congressman. What's more, Gary was intoxicated and doesn't really know what happened.

Lou has faith in Gary and starts working on a case that would seem hopeless to many. He works with Gary's attorney, Sa
Wanda Hartzenberg
I listened to this on audio with narrator Robert Petkoff proving himself to be a master narrator.
The characters in this book is believable and is stereotypical enough to be familiar and at the same time unique enough to be interesting and human.
The conspiracy is intense. The story and plot line fast and logical. The medical part is for once underplayed and instead the conspiracy is at the foreground. I liked the psychological aspect explored and the new friendships formed and the medical aspect
William McLoughlin
I have read every one of Michael Palmer's novels (and those by his son, Daniel) and am a fan, as can be evidenced by me rating all of them as solid, 4-star novels. Only that kept me from rating this work as only a 2-star effort. In this book, Palmer writes about the military. It upsets and angers me when authors make mistakes because they lack familiarity with how the military is organized and operates. Other writers get it right by researching extensively. There are plenty of sources out there ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Political Suicide My thoughts...Michael Palmer knows how to write a story that draws you in from the very beginning. Dr. Lou Welcome is called by his good friend to help keep him out of prison for a murder he's been accused of and has no memory of because he was suffering from an alcoholic blackout. In the process of the sleuthing investigation by Dr. Welcome things don't seem quite right. Michael Palmer writes an amazing plot that takes many twists and turns that will keep you wondering until t ...more
Ted Sibly
Apr 04, 2016 Ted Sibly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
one character was unpredictable. The others were just two dimensional. plot was predictable before halfway point.
Kimberly Chavez
Apr 02, 2015 Kimberly Chavez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Political Suicide is the second book to feature Dr. Lou Welcome (following last year’s Oath of Office), but Political Suicide is a stand-alone story, easy to follow without having read the first one. And if you’ve never read Michael Palmer’s books before, this is a great place to start.

I have to say the Prologue is one of the best I’ve read in quite a while and the shock value alone is enough to quickly propel you through many chapters while searching for answers to your questions. I mean, what
Feb 28, 2013 Doug rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Lou Welcome is an ex-meth head and alcoholic ER doctor who runs PWO, Physicians Wellness Office Which specializes in the treatment of doctors with abuse problems. His medical school roommate is accused of murdering his lovers husband who is also a US Senator. Dr. Welcome begins his investigation that implicates an elite Marine Company called the Mantis. Overall I found the book to be a bit far fetched from when Dr. Welcome began his investigations to the book's good guys will always win endi ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Michael Palmer, you've strayed too far! I'm fine with a political thriller as long as you add a dollop of medicine, which you write so well. Dr. Lou Welcome is an endearing character returning from last year's Oath of Office. That kept me reading as the poor guy was involved in one shoot out after the other. All the hours spent in the hospital? Barely mentioned. Washington politics and the ethics of medicine is fertile ground for more original stories. This felt like a lightweight Tom Clancy.
Steve Davis
The prologue really got me hooked...but the remainder of the book until the very end had me speed reading to get through what I took to be melodramatic filler. Palmer describes a possible but far-fetched secret military unit supported - or not supported - by a few high level politicians. The ending comes to a sudden closure that made me wonder about the prologue.
Kurt Young
Lots of interesting things in Palmer's latest. High-stakes politics; war on terror; addiction; the blackest of black ops military; brain-altering chemistry... Throw in an unlikely love story, and unfortunately, you don't get a great book: Instead you get a muddled mess. A silly revelatory bad-guy conversation in Act V didn't help.
Taffey Champion
Dec 01, 2014 Taffey Champion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that this was a scintillatingly good read! After a congressman's sensational murder, the prime suspect is a troubled physician named Gary McHugh. He has been having an affair with the victim's wife. McHugh swears he is innocent and asks his friend, Dr. Lou Welcome to help clear his name, although he already has an incredible attorney by the name of Sarah Cooper on the case.

Unfortunately, Ms. Cooper has a complicated and terrible history with doctors, so her association with Dr. Welc
Dec 22, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book from page 1. Many twists and turns. Emily is a great character. Would recommend this book to all. I won this book in a giveaway and am very happy I did. Great plot and very pretty setting. Funny and interesting and fast paced all at the same time.
Nov 18, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I hear the words "political suicide," I tend to think of something gossipy, something unsavory taking place usually involving at least one high-ranking political official.

If it wasn't for the time Lou Welcome spends working out at the boxing ring with his friend "Captain Crunch," the feats he performs in this series would in no wise be credible. Using his strength and ingenuity he takes on some pretty powerful people - powerful in position and in physical strength. While not exactly Rambo-e
Michele Benson
Action adventure with no real intellect, no romance and not great writing. A cute, ex-addict ER doctor against a highly trained military unit and their genius leader...guess who wins?
Jenn Lambert
Oct 08, 2014 Jenn Lambert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked the ending, although it was heart wrenching. I'm really bummed bcuz it seems that Mr. Palmer was setting up more to this story with additional books. Maybe it's just my wishful thinking that he hadn't died, and was still continuing the story of Dr. Lou. It just feels incomplete. If he was still alive I would be excited to read what's next, a continuing saga. But we can't always have what we want. Ok onto the story :) It moved along well. I'm not as smart as Mr Palmer, so it took me ...more
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Michael Palmer, M.D., 1942-2013, was the author of Political Suicide, Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon, The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society, Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages.

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