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The Society

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,133 ratings  ·  98 reviews
The wealthy and powerful CEO of a large health care company is found brutally murdered.
She is not the first to die - nor will she be the last...

A vicious serial killer is on the loose, and the victims have one thing in common: they are all high-profile executives in the healthcare industry.

As a member of the Hippocrates Society, Dr Will Grant is fighting to reclaim the me
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by Arrow (first published August 17th 2004)
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Patrice Hoffman
I always enjoy medical novels by this author. I feel so smart afterwards as if I can go into any E.R. and start spouting off medical lingo. Then again, I feel that way after watching an episode of House. Enough about me... the book is definitely worth picking up. It's primarily about a doctor a part of the Hippocrates Society who is against the big HMOs caring more about money and profits than the patients. There's a little bit of a romance brewing in the background which wasn't prevalent enough ...more
Charles Vrooman
I've read a number of Michael Palmer's novels, and have to say this is one of his best. Like most of his books he gives his opinion on some aspect of the medical field. Here he takes on the HMOs and how their controlling both the doctors and hospitals. In this novel the doctors form the Hippocrates Society which is a group against HMOs. Not only is this a thriller, but trying to figure out who is killing the CEOs of the HMOs makes it also a mystery. It's one of those novels that's hard to put do ...more
Kristen
In another early medical thriller from Michael Palmer, the Society, he tackled the subject of the Hippocratic oath in the medical society. When the CEO of the Eastern Quality Health was murdered, she wasn't the first one to die. With a serial killer loose and the victims had one thing in common: they were all wealthy in the managed care system. For Dr. Will Grant and member of the Hippocrates Society, he was outraged by the system that care more about their wealth than their own money. But he ha ...more
Mary Beth
An excellent medical thriller about the danger of HMO's. While I think HMO's are a poor option for our medical crises, I still do not support socialized medicine and never will. Even though, I disagreed with the theme of the novel, I really enjoyed the thriller.
Bonniecco cco
This ten year old book still has lots of good commentary on our medical payment system, decent characters and plot. The bad guys in this story may not be (did they exist in real life) bad enough to get us to a single payer health care system in today's political climate. In the novel they were. This is my first book by Palmer; I expect I'll try some more. He seems to know the world of medicine well. I enjoyed the story. It has a bit of sex, but not graphic, and the same for violence. The plot is ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
pretty good mystery, still a little too actiony for my taste
Jerry
Action packed thrills; good doctor and lady cop fight HMO's!

We have enjoyed most of Michael Palmer's medical thrillers, finding them to be entertaining stories with realistic premises about dangers to us all that could happen in the field of doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutics. His latest novel, "The Society", has it all: villainous rich men guiding HMO's to make money against all standards of decency toward their patients; an innocent doctor, who protests against HMO's by night, gets drugged
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Mohamed
This book talks about the dangers of the American health care system. The story begins with a view into the life of a young surgeon, Will Grant.He is a divorced father of two children. The most astonishing fact about will is that he is a member of a secret society- The Hippocratic society. The main objective of this society is to recapture the society from the grips of the Managed healthcare industry.

At the same time, several MHO executives were murdered in a similar fashion. The killer phoned t
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Karen
This was a pretty good mystery. I caught on to what was really happening about half way through the book, so to me that is pretty good. I hate when I figure it out too quickly. Once I figured it out, I did think the plot was predictable. I do like Palmer's writing style and I can tell that he knew what he is talking about in terms of the medical aspect.

Dr. Will Grant is an upstanding doctor who loves his kids, actually cares about his patients and is fighting the evils of Managed Health Care. Wh
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Tessa Small
The war between government medicare and the private healthcare systems comes to the for in this novel which includes murder, suspense and medical intrigue all for the sake of money and power. Doctors lives are wiped out, patient needs are not considered it is all about the bottom line for the medical companies covering the costs. Well written and intriguing
Ed
Medical thriller - Surgeon Will Grant is a spokesperson for the Hippocrates Society which wants reforms in managed care. He is framed as a drug user, had his license suspended, and winds up teaming with State Police detective Patty Davenport to find the serial killer of HMO CEOs.
Daniel
The book was obviously written by someone that understands the health care system in this country. Will Grant find himself caught up in the struggle to change this system. The "bad guys" certainly were able to get away with a lot for a long while but it added to the excitement of the book
Richard
My sixth Michael Palmer book and each time I have scored either 4 or 5 stars. I really enjoy his medical thrillers and are much better than those of Robin Cook. This one was running true to form but seemed to lose its way a little towards the end. Still very enjoyable, but not one of his best.
Daisy Mbugua
I just finished this book,my first medical mystery and I can say it was a good write but just not my type. will remain probably my first and last medical drama,I sensed who the killer would be within the first few chapters. good read though
Carol
Another good Palmer medical mystery. Managed care is a real hot button right now and this one is all about those people in charge of it and how their concerns are only for the bottom line. Someone is trying to "manage" the bottom line of the managed care business and a very determined young detective will not let go and with the help of a doctor who has been "managed" right out of his medical license they figure out what is going on and solve the mystery.

Getting old has its advantages, I can rea
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Amanda
Interesting and relevant topic, so I was hopeful. But the characters were cardboard and cliche, with awful dialog. It gets two stars because the storyline was decent enough to keep me reading to find out what happened.
Cathy Jarvis
I am definitely a fan of this author and his writing style. This is the 4th book I have read by this author and I enjoy that I am intrigued from page one!
Gail Arthur-Davis
WOW!!!
this was a really good book! I don't think I have read this author before, but I intend to look for other books by him.
Buckeye_reader
Good story. Kept moving at a good pace, enough surprises to make it interesting.
Donna M. Olson
A good mystery who done it
barry
lots of action...great read
Dale Marshall
Fantastic,a real page turner
Evelyn
The basic story line was good but the ending was preposterous.
Keith
While I found the story was as relevant today as it was several years ago and it moved right along I felt a couple of inconsistencies kept it from shining. Did the nurse or an EMT do the intubation, depends on which character you get the story from. How does a state detective know that camp site well and also need directions to it? At least the description of the Whipple procedure jived with my limited understanding. Thank you for using that one, the only one I know about. It made me feel smart ...more
Alan
Feb 03, 2014 Alan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cd, own
Kindle: $5.99
Debi
This took me a while to get into. But once again I was glad I did. A series of murders of higher-ups of HMOs causes police to try to find a serial killer targeting managed care company executives. A surgeon who is part of a society against managed care finds himself a suspect in their murder investigation. He tries to clear his name and keep from getting killed himself as he discovers the truth.
A fast-paced, suspense novel. Recommended.
Jen
Good characters and mystery. I worried that it would delve to far into the world of healthcare, but it didn't do that at all.
Rushbug23
This was a ok book. Some twists and turns. Some action.
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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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