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Published by Headline, 20 May 2014.
Most, if not all, fiction emanates from the question ‘what if...?’, and
sometimes the answer can be pretty scary.
gets scariest of all when the premise runs so close to reality that the reader
begins to wonder if the author knows something. So it is with Resistant,
Michael Palmer’s nineteenth ‘medical thriller’, (and alas his last; he died
last year, before this book was published.) It’s based on two particularly worrying
‘what ifs’: what if a life-threatening infection grew resistant to every known
treatment and began to run out of control? and what if a small but powerful and
determined group of wealthy right-wing extremists infiltrated every
organization which controls parts of people’s lives?
the novel the second has happened and the first is about to – and as if that
wasn’t enough, it’s the extremists who have created the bug that causes the
infection, and they’re planning to use it to bend the US government to their
will. Their members and supporters are everywhere, and no one can be trusted;
but for emergency doctor and recovering addict Lou Welcome, it becomes personal
when his best friend falls victim to the bug.
result is a tense thriller which starts slowly but gathers pace as Lou’s life
threatens to fall apart under the strain of supporting his friend, sorting the
extremists from the good guys, and chasing down a cure before the bug causes a
the way he acquires one of the most original sidekicks I’ve ever encountered in
crime fiction: Humphrey Miller, feisty as they come, whose brain the size of a
planet goes unacknowledged because he is wheelchair-bound and severely disabled
with cerebral palsy.
himself is a character with interesting layers. Together withHumphrey, Lou’s equally feisty teenage
daughter Emily, and Cap the bug-ridden friend, he goes a long way towards
compensating for some rather Central Casting villains: huge, muscle-bound
bodyguards; the extremists’ leader who looks like a senator and shoots like an
Olympic champion, straight out of his adapted walking stick; a rogue FBI agent
who is a master of disguise.
like all the best thrillers – and this is up there – it’s the plot which kept
me reading till the small hours. And once I realized what was happening, I
heard a tiny, terrified voice in the back of my mind asking, could this really
the the scariest thing of all. There’s an uncomfortably large amount of
evidence in the real world to suggest that it could.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Michael Palmer, M.D.,1942-2013, was the author of Political
Suicide,Oath of Office, A Heartbeat Away, The Last Surgeon,
The Second Opinion, The First Patient, The Fifth Vial, The Society,
Fatal, The Patient, Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural
Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood.
His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. He trained in
internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals, spent twenty
years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine, and
served as an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s
physician health program. Michael died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 30,
2013 in New York. He was 71
Lynne Patrick has been a
writer ever since she could pick up a pen, and has enjoyed success with short
stories, reviews and feature journalism, but never, alas, with a novel. She
crossed to the dark side to become a publisher for a few years, and is proud to
have launched several careers which are now burgeoning. She lives on the edge
of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with books, about half of them crime