OATH OF OFFICE
Palmer is one of the best in the business when it comes to wrenching up every degree of tension before snapping the band and sending readers flying through a vortex of murder, greed and medical/technological mysteries. You’ll be ensnared in his web of mayhem with the sanity of a small town, if not the world, hanging in the balance. This is Palmer at his most terrifying, most plausible and, worst of all, most realistic.
When Dr. John Meacham seems to snap and calmly blasts away at his partner, staff and patients before turning the gun on himself, it draws Dr. Lou Welcome to the small town where he lived. Lou counseled Meacham after his medical license was revoked for addiction, and recommended that his license be restored. As Lou digs further into the incident, a series of tragedies unfold and the evidence points to an unfathomable conspiracy that seems to lead straight to the Oval Office. Lou must not only clear his friend’s name but also put a stop to the lethal mystery before anyone else dies. (ST. MARTIN’S, Feb., 384 pp., $27.99)