The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer

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The New York Times bestselling author and master of medical suspense delivers another shocker of a thriller filled with insider details and a terrifying psychopath

Four murders.

Three accidents.

Two suicides.

One left…


Michael Palmer's latest novel pits a flawed doctor against a ruthless psychopath, who has made murder his art form. Dr. Nick Garrity, a vet suffering from PTSD--post traumatic stress disorder--spends his days and nights dispensing medical treatment from a mobile clinic to the homeless and disenfranchised in D.C. and Baltimore. In addition, he is constantly on the lookout for his war buddy Umberto Vasquez, who was plucked from the streets by the military four years ago for a secret mission and has not been seen since.

Psych nurse Gillian Coates wants to find her sister's killer. She does not believe that Belle Coates, an ICU nurse, took her own life, even though every bit of evidence indicates that she did--every bit save one. Belle has left Gillian a subtle clue that connects her with Nick Garrity.

Together, Nick and Gillian determine that one-by-one, each of those in the operating room for a fatally botched case is dying. Their discoveries pit them against genius Franz Koller--the highly-paid master of the "non-kill"--the art of murder that does not look like murder. As Doctor and nurse move closer to finding the terrifying secret behind these killings, Koller has been given a new directive: his mission will not be complete until Gillian Coates and Garrity, the last surgeon, are dead.


About Michael Palmer

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Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of eleven novels of medical suspense, all international bestsellers. In addition to his writing, Palmer is an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency, including alcoholism. In what spare time he has, Palmer is a weight lifter and avid tournament bridge player. He lives in eastern Massachusetts, where he is best known for his two eccentric cats and three terrific sons. Visit and write him at
Published February 11, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It is three a.m. when Dr. Nick Garrity stands near the entrance to a field hospital in Afghanistan after grueling hours of surgery saving the lives of anyone brought to him.

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Book Reporter

Michael Palmer has been writing bestsellers since 1994, and if you have never read one, THE LAST SURGEON would be a good place to start.

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Suite 101

Michael Palmer writes an intriguing medical thriller that combines a vet from Afghanistan, a psychiatric nurse and a ruthless killer.

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Grasping For The Wind

In Michael Palmer’s latest medical thriller, The Last Surgeon a former army surgeon suffering from PTSD named Nick Garrity (aka Nick Fury) and Gillian Coates, a smart and sassy nurse, must team up to find the surgeon’s missing army buddy and solve the mystery behind the disappearance of Gillian’...

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California Literary Review

who died in the opening scene, locates Nick Garrity after she finds out that “Dr. Nick Fury,” a name found in her dead sister’s apartment, was his military nickname.

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