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Publisher's Summary

His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center - and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.

Claude Malloche is a master assassin, more rumor than man, for whom murder is an art. No one can identity his face. Now Malloche has a deadly brain tumor, and he intends to have the best neurosurgeon in the world operate on it.

To ensure Jessie's cooperation, Malloche has devised a plan of intimidation that puts at risk her life and the lives of hundreds of innocent people. Neurosurgery requires nerves of steel, but in coming up with a scheme to fulfill her oath as a doctor while thwarting a diabolical killer, Jessie will be performing the most complex surgery of her career - on a knife-edge of terror.

©2011 Michael Palmer (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] rip-roaring page-turner." (New York Post)

"The Patient might be [Palmer’s] most riveting book yet, leaving hardly enough time to take a breath." (Denver Post

"The Patient is what Die Hard movies are made of: brilliantly nasty terrorists hectoring innocent folks, with only a wisecracking lone wolf to forestall." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  

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Good Medical Read

Great story and loved the medical parts especially! Great characters and was even dramatic at times. I loved the ending as well. The narrator was just a touch monotone but nothing that made me want to stop listening. Thank you for a great read.

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Interesting & Well Read

An intriguing reader tells this murder mystery with enough medical terms to make it believable and interesting to the end!

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started slowly, but then had lots of twists

started slowly but then was very exciting. Would have preferred extension of ending. Definitely recommend.

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Someone engrossing, but also bordering on the ridiculous.

Until it became a medical mystery that bordered on the absurd, the book was reasonably well-written. On three or four occasions, sentences were repeated, but overall, the performance was complex and well done.

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Kept me on the edge of my seat!

great book. couldn't put it down. I do wish there would be a more relational end to the story, i.e. what happened to Alex and Jessie

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great medical suspense book!

really enjoyed the speaker and the story! as a medical professional, I really enjoyed the medical information and learning a little bit about neuroscience. highly recommend this book!

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Dr..Dr

I love loved it! Can’t wait to try another book by Palmer. Great story, could not put it down.

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great book

This book kept my intrest throughout and could not put it down during the last half.

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Two different books

The first half was an interesting Michael Palmer medical mystery. The second half seem to be a different book. ... an unoriginal action adventure.

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Dead on storyline!

Any reader would enjoy this book, medical professional or layman. Lots of twists and turns.