The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer (Asperger’s)

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“Question Everything”

Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger’s syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled  patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston’s sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic.

Thea’s rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home. Two of Petros’ other children, both physicians, battle Thea and her eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld.

As Thea uncovers the facts surrounding the disaster, it seems more and more to be no accident. Petros, himself, is the only witness. Who would want him dead? The answers are trapped in his brain . . . until he looks at Thea and begins slowly to blink a terrifying message.Michaelpalmer

In The Second Opinion, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With sympathetic characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will make you question…everything.


Book Lookout: Daniel James Palmer, Delirium (Michael’s son, just signed a 3-book contract with Kensington)

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  1. My son has autism and I’m always on the lookout for books about autism. I’ve also recently started reading thrillers.

    Michael Palmer’s book, The Second Opinion, looks like the perfect blending of subject and genre.

    Can’t wait to read it!

  2. I just finished reading an ARC of Jennifer Ashley’s May release, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, which features an unusual hero who has Asperger’s Syndrome. I must admit that until I read this book I had never heard of this condition which Jennifer describes as “high-functioning autism. Traits include the inability to make eye contact, trouble with nonverbal cues and subtext, obsession with detail (but missing the “big picture”), and others. Not everyone who has AS exhibits the same traits, and the syndrome tends to present differently in men than women.”

    Having said all that, I would be very interested in reading Michael’s THE SECOND OPINION and learning more about this condition (plus it sounds like a great thrill read)

  3. I’ve never read a thriller before!. However, after listening to Michael’s interview, I am very eager to read “The Second Opinion”.

  4. Hi. I’ve read some of Palmer’s other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This sounds like another great read. I would recommend this author to anyone who enjoys being entertained.
    Count me in. I’m a subscriber and would be thrilled to get this giveaway.

  5. I don’t have any personal experience with Autism/Asperger’s……but I am very much aware of both conditions and would like to learn more. The book sounds fascinating and timely.

  6. I listened to your interview today with Micheal Palmer. I really liked his response to your question about if you knew what day you would die what would you do. His response about not knowing the last night you would be putting your kids to bed or hold your child for the last time before they were to big… It made me stop and think for a sec that I need to really pay attention and spend this time with my kids. Thank you Carrie… you do a wonderful job.

  7. Carrie,
    I would love to read this book, for I’ve read several of his other books and could not put them down and then I had to go and tell everyone about the book once I finished!
    About your comment request, I do work in our local schools with children who have Autism and find it very rewarding. Sometimes very sad, for I can see how much their challenges are inflicted my their parents.
    Thanks so much!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  8. I don’t know very much about Autism/Asperger’s but I would like to read and learn more.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. The only thing I know about Autism is that more and more children seem to be getting it.
    I’ve heard that Micheal Palmer’s books are very good. This one sounds like one I would enjoy.
    mittens0831 AT

  10. Thank you so much for this.

  11. I finished the book Second Opinion. I loved this book. There were times I couldn’t put the book down. The twist at the end, wow didn’t see that one coming.

  12. I can’t believe I’m just now listening to this interview. It was awesome. As in the earlier interview with a physician/writer, you could feel his compassion in his voice – what a lucky man to have both a gift for compassion as well as a gift for words. Palmer’s books sound great. More to add to my reading list! Thanks Carrrie!

  13. Michael, Second Opinion was the example I gave in my presentation to Mobile(Alabama) Writer’s Guild meeting two days ago. Most of the writers were fiction writers, so in my presentation of Building a Writer’s Platform (Part 1) I told them about your character with Asperger’s disease and how they can build a platform by giving their characters a real, and possibly underused disorder or problem to overcome.

    I also gave them your website and urged them to read your writer’s tips. We had about 40 in attendance, many of whom were not members but who came to hear the topic. We increased our membership as a result.
    Thanks for sharing your insight on writing and your son’s disorder in this interview.
    Nancy Swan
    Toxic Justice
    Mobile, Alabama

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