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Silent Treatment

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,056 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
In his five bestselling novels, from The Sisterhood to Natural Causes, 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 l ...more
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Published February 1st 2000 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 1995)
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 3.5

This was a pretty fun medical thriller. This has been one of my favorite medical thrillers so far.

I only rated it three stars because the whole innocent person getting framed trope causes me a lot of anxiety. Not in a good way either for me a lot of the time. I don't know why. I've DNFed books for that reason alone. I understand why writers use that trope though.
Deborah Hamilton
From the prologue to the epilogue this book kept me in a panic. I felt for each of the characters in a special way. The balance between the stress of being investigating for the murder of one's wife to solving that mystery was perfect. Just when the reader thought that everyone was figured out.....Nope try again. Classic Palmer style. A great read and true page turner.
Joyce McKune
One thing I love about this author is I don't have to worry about reading them "in order", however, this one could use a sequel. Will Harry and Maura live happily ever after? I suppose after the excitement of this story, nothing they could do would compare.
Harry's wife was having an brain aneurism repaired in the morning. The ward was very full and the person in the next bed was (Maura) going through alcohol withdrawal after head surgery from a drunken fall down the stairs. Harry was visiting a
Aug 18, 2014 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Palmer has written another winner in his usual gripping, surprise-filled manner. The story starts with the trite phrase, "The Doctor will see you now," although readers will soon comprehend the blood-curdling subtext. Next, four diners at the Jade Restaurant succumb to food poisoning and are hospitalized. One of them turns out to be Ron Farrell, an insurance company executive; a mysterious figure visits him, and he soon dies. Then Harry Corbett, severely wounded in Vietnam and now a doct
Jun 11, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I found this book really hard to get into. The prologue was really exciting which grabbed my eye but then the chapters afterwards I couldn't figure out what was happening but then all of a sudden the story took off and I couldn't put it down. If it hadn't been for the floundering beginning I would give this book 4 stars.

When Dr Harry Corbett's wife is due for brain surgery, she is found dead in her bed. All signs point to Harry being guilty of her murder. In a side story there is a "doctor of d
Claire Noonan
Jul 12, 2013 Claire Noonan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I resented every minute I had to be away from this book until I finished it. It was suspenseful and compelling. I would have liked a less punchy ending- a bit more of an aftermath would have been nice, to find out a bit more about what happened to some of the characters. One of them- Maura's brother, disappeared from the plot and never returned!
Jeremy Bates
Feb 02, 2012 Jeremy Bates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this one!
it was my first by michael palmer... im not really into medical thrillers, but the pacing and plotting were great
he's a very talented writer.... he sometimes goes a bit over the top with his medical descriptions, but it doesn't distract from the story too much
highly recommended!
Novitaherawati Sembiring
Michael Palmer
i don't know about a silent treatment , because i not yet to read this books .
i want to the meaning to indonesian , because i have a homework about it
please help me to finis my homework ...
Jim C
Jul 05, 2014 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel deals with conspiracy in the field of health insurance. Harry Corbett's wife needs an operation and the night before this operation she is killed. Harry is the suspect and the quest to find out what really happened begins.

This book didn't bore me but it never grabbed my whole interest either. I did like the concept of the book and the idea of how far executives of health insurance companies will go to save money is scary and relevant. I think I was a little turned off by the past hist
Tom Tischler
Dec 22, 2015 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Harry Corbett is on his way to the hospital to see his wife Ellie who is scheduled
for surgery the following day.Lately Ellie who was never quick to share her feelings has
been more closed and distant than ever before. Arriving at the hospital it is already too
late. Without warning Ellie is dead and the police suspect homicide but their only suspect
is Dr Harry Corbet. While wandering through the local library that was having a little book
sale I spotted this book by Michael Palmer. This is an o
Jan 13, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical, action, thriller
Medical suspense novel - Dr. Harry Corbett, two weeks short of 50, is trying to save his marriage to beautiful, ambitious journalist Evie, 11 years his junior, who's facing surgery for an aneurysm in Harry's hospital. When Evie dies in hospital, and her lover, about whom Harry knew nothing, accuses Harry of killing her, a boorish NYPD detective vows to nail the distraught doctor. Further murders follow, committed by one Anton Percheck, a physician who used to torture for drug dealers and repress ...more
Aug 16, 2015 Roxy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The genre of this book was mystery and thriller. It had some good parts and bad parts. The book wasn't all that great the font was a little to small when you kept reading on. I didn't like how nerdy this book was. I liked the introduction part of that book it was very interesting then you get into the book and its bad. If you are a really nerdy person but like a little mystery and thriller then you should read this book. The title makes the book seem really good. But, what I really liked about t ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
This book fulfills requirement #6- medical thriller for the 2014 eclectic reader challenge.

I had read some of Michael Palmer's books before and remembered liking him pretty well. I started reading his books because when I worked at a store called Media Play, he came in to do a book signing and I was assigned to help him with anything he needed while he was there. He was a very interesting person to talk to and when I learned about the kind of books he wrote, I was definitely interested in readin
Easy thriller to read with fast pace action at the end. NOTE: if you don't like hospital ambiance and doctors, this book IS for you...simply because it will help you face your fear with great suspense...and it will also comfort your fears with an happy ending...Oops sorry I said too much...but you kind of know from the beginning, it's going to end well despite all the drama...and that's why we like these kind of books...Bad Guys are Bad and good guys always win! Well Done Mr.Palmer.
Mar 12, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Michael Palmer writes a compelling story with some good characters and a believable medical backdrop (to me who is in no way a health care professional). Without giving anything away (I hope), I know have heightened suspicion of big insurance companies. Even in Canada they make a lot of money ... and their shareholders always want more.
Jul 20, 2014 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the longest I have taken to finish a book this year. Just as I could not find a reason to put it down once I started reading, I could not find a reason to pick it back up again once I did. Days would pass before I decided to give it another go - and I have no apparent reason for having such ambiguous feelings towards it. I usually quite enjoy Palmer's work... Maybe I'm just over him now? Too much of a good thing and all that. Also, the countless typos in this specific edition was like a ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Lina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning, it's hard to get into and there is a lot of medical talk that doesn't make sense to someone who doesn't already know the terms. But later on, the book gets much better. It gets more action and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end.
Aug 14, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Michael Palmer book. A friend highly recommended his books and I was not disappointed. It didn't get too technical with the medical descriptions. The plot was very interesting and believable. I really liked the main characters. I will definitely read more of his books.
Greer Andjanetta
Feb 23, 2014 Greer Andjanetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good medical murder mystery sory involving a Russian rogue doctor as assassin for hire. An anti-HMO story dealing with politics in a big hospital and a doctor dedicated to his profession who is skillfully framed for murder.
Rebecca McNutt
Rather disturbing and horrific, but nothing special; a lot of it just dragged aimlessly on through choppy, technical sentences and dull, lifeless characters. If you haven't read it, you didn't miss the boat so don't worry.
Good read.

I thought the various threads (over a period of years) were a little disjointed. That's the reason this was 3 stars for me, rather than 4.

Not my favorite medical suspense novelist, but still a good read.
Cathy Jarvis
Sep 23, 2014 Cathy Jarvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book I have read by this author and will be looking for more. I am impressed by the writing style, story line and character development. An excellent author!
Charlie Baldwin
Jun 24, 2015 Charlie Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's refreshing to read a stand alone book for a change instead of a series. This one, after many "close calls", had a happy ending.
Mar 18, 2014 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to concentrate to read these medical paced, not boring and you do learn some medical stuff along the way.
JoAnn Ainsworth
Jun 29, 2015 JoAnn Ainsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent plot, but the execution of the plot missed many opportunities to ratchet up the tension and make the hero more heroic.
Avid Reader
Apr 02, 2014 Avid Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It gets more like 4 1/2 stars but it is a great book for someone seeking a mystery/thriller novel. There was a few moments when his style of writing jumped into the past not letting you know this and you're stuck trying to figure out who this new character is you're reading about is constantly flipping back and forth through the chapter to see if you've missed something only to find out at the very end of the chapter it's another name for one of the established characters it's just he had a secr ...more
Lynn Pembroke
Feb 26, 2014 Lynn Pembroke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His books never fail to keep me reading. Scary sometimes to think it could be possible. Always keeps you guessing till the end.
Feb 17, 2016 Angelene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scary.....makes you wonder if there is this type of thing going on somewhere in the world.
Jan 27, 2016 Motunrayo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read a book like this. The author is so good and articulate. I was so engrossed in the book that I had to cut corners to keep on reading it. The characters there too are amazing! Every thing looked so real! The author is good, I mean that good! I won't say anything more than this, I want to keep the suspense in and not let the cat out of the bag. Once you pick this book up, I can assure you that you will not put it down. The first chapter alone is captivating! Th ...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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