Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die - until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. Sam begs to end his life, but Julie sees hope in a life together. With the help of an organization that opposes physician-assisted suicide, Julie has Sam coming around to her point of view when he suddenly dies from an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress - in fact, it appears that Sam had been literally scared to death.
As Julie investigates similar cases, she finds a frightening pattern...and finds herself the target of disturbing threats. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate, until she is accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down whoever is behind these mysterious deaths...but time is running out as someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her.
A riveting medical thriller, Mercy will leave listeners breathless with twists and turns leading up to its explosive conclusion, from New York Times best-selling author Michael Palmer and his son, acclaimed suspense novelist Daniel Palmer.
"Ample, plausible twists combined with well-developed characters add up to a superior thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
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I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a realistic mystery which provides a peek inside the lives of doctors practicing medicine today as it pieces together a confounding puzzle.
As with most medical thrillers it was fascinating to learn about the science and administration of medical care.
I can't honestly choose one favorite character.
I like mysteries with 'every (wo)man' protagonists, people without the benefit of a long-suffering but generously helpful friend in the police department or a person with the authority to grant them accesses and information. Mercy had such and also included the burden of our current environment in which it is all to easy to monitor and track anyone without their permission or knowledge. Lastly, the underlying premise - the right to die - provided a basis for reviewing the complexities of medical care in the United States.
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