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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
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Critic Reviews

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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By Amazon Customer on 06-06-16

Dead on storyline!

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

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By nancy on 07-16-15

continuing value of a narrator

I bought this book years ago from books on tape in the cassets. I have looked for Michael Kramer on audible but not thoroughly enough. I love his work. Michael Palmer's work is sometimes interesting but it is Kramer who holds me to this book. So, I can say that the book holds me interested over a great many years and lots and lots of books but I can not say it is the story alone that I value. Michael Kramer narrated the early books of Stephen White and I miss them. Dick Hill has the voices and characters in that series done very well but he can not supply an odd nuance for humor that Kramer does so well. Sometimes these old friends are just missed. Manner of Death is about the only one not redone by Dick Hill and it would be nice if Michael Kramer's version was found and offered.

The Patient is not an especially nuanced book but it is full of personalities done well both as prose and voice. The medical themes and community are interesting. The mystery is not new these days but this is an old book. Older books often have a stong narrative development and this one has enough to stick in memory.

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