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Political Suicide

(Dr. Lou Welcome #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,893 ratings  ·  252 reviews
From The New York Times bestselling author of Oath of Office comes a grippingthriller at the crossroads of politics and medicine

Dr. Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the “society doc.” Lou has
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
A society doctor call up Dr. Welcome. A patient, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has been shot in his home, right after Mr. Society visited him. Guess who is the primary suspect?

Of course, there turns out to be a vast conspiracy, and Dr. WElcome has to get to the bottom of things. Pretty decent.
Jerry B
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
“Political” is yet another non-medical thriller (as were his last two outings) from a 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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Richard Mabry
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
*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
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
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Drennan Spitzer
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nan Williams
Aug 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2017-read
The story was difficult to get into at first. Dr. Lou Welcome has an interesting job. He is responsible for other doctors who are coming off of an addiction, be it drugs, alcohol or whatever. Anything that may have gotten their medical license suspended. He's good at his job. He used to be one of them. When he gets a call from one of his patients telling him to come quickly, he's going to be arrested for murder, he goes to help. This isn't just a patient, he's a friend. It's a conflict of ...more
Teri Pre
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This is my third book my Michael Palmer and, while I like them well enough, Palmer seems to suffer from "One too many" syndrome. There is one too many characters (Lady Cop for instance). There is at least one too many "crisis scene" (take your pick). There is one too many minor plots.
Linda B
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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,
William McLoughlin
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit different from other Michael Palmer books, this one has a medical Dr, who is recovered from addiction and now working with other afflicted DRs in their fight to recover as well. When his long time friend and DR whose case he has is accused of murdering a prominent senator he agrees to investigate on his own, much to the consternation of the defense lawyer. While he makes some helpful discoveries, he also creates some difficulties and eventually unearths a conspiracy between the Secretary ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
medical thriller.

Dr. Lou Welcome manages cases at a treatment center for physicians with drug or alcohol problems. He helps the doctors through treatment and beyond, helping them to avoid losing their licenses as well as their families. When one of his clients calls him in desperation one day, the problem is not alcohol: Dr. Gary McHugh is certain that he will be charged with murder.

McHugh does not remember committing the crime but circumstances point straight at him. Lou finds the case
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this political/military/mildly medical thriller was pretty preposterous from beginning to end, but some of the action scenes were fairly page-turning entertaining. The book was uneven and, did I mention?, preposterous.

The Secretary of State and a biggie in the Marines conspire to create a legion of super-warriors fueled by dreadful drugs to become fearless suicide mission warriors. Dr. Lou Welcome, ER doc and mentor/counselor to substance-impaired physicians, gets caught up in this
Chris Norbury
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Despite the fact that Dr. Lou Welcome doesn't use his doctor "superpowers" in any substantial way to solve the mystery of who killed Congressman Colson, I enjoyed the premise of the book, fighting terrorists at their own game--suicide bombing.

Supporting characters were better than average--Papa Steve, Cap Duncan, Edith Harmon--and were unique enough to give this story freshness.

Plot occasionally dragged but not as bad as some bestsellers tend to do these days. Palmer avoided political
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the Dr Welcome series, #3, #1, and now #2. It doesn't matter the order you read this series because the books are only connected by using the same characters. But there is no carryover from book to book. The Dr isn't hampered by being shot in the last book. His friend doesn't say - remember the last time you asked me to do something like this I ended up chained to a railcar and beaten senseless. They don't learn from what happened in the earlier book, and it doesn't affect how other ...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.


Other books in the series

Dr. Lou Welcome (3 books)
  • Oath of Office (Dr. Lou Welcome, #1)
  • Resistant (Dr. Lou Welcome, #3)