The Patient

  • by Michael Palmer
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Dead on storyline!

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


the story is Well written however throughout the story several sentences are repeated so when they clipped it together you often we hear the sentence over again if it doesn't bother you then go ahead and listen
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- Cathy A McKay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio