Jessie Copeland is an up-and-coming neurosurgeon at Eastern Massachusetts Medical Center. Both a gifted technician and a caring physician, she is also on the cutting edge of the use of robots in delicate surgery.

Alex Bishop is a rogue CIA agent who has been consumed with a single mission for yearsto eliminate the international assassin Claude Malloche, a man so elusive that some do not even believe he exists.

When Bishop learns that Malloche has a brain tumor, he follows the trail straight to Jessie Copeland and EMMC. Jessie and Bishop clash almost immediately and she has trouble believing anything he says. However, even Bishop is unprepared for the catastrophe Malloche sets in motion.

Taut suspense and roller coaster action highlight THE PATIENT. Dr. Palmer knows his material and once again treats readers to an unforgettable reading experience. (Apr., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg