Book Reviews of The Society

The Society
The Society
Author: Michael Palmer
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553583625
ISBN-10: 055358362X
Publication Date: 8/30/2005
Pages: 480
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 108 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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A serial killer is going after high-profile executives in the managed care industry. This thriller is about HMOs and the medical proffessions on going opposition to them. Well written with many "twists and turns." Many of the HMO horror stories the author highlights in this book are real!
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Very good book....At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She's not the first to die-nor the last. A serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: all are high-profile execs in the managed care industry.
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Truly excellent. Palmer deals with the HMO issue(s) using a series of murders and an unjustly accused surgeon to move the plot along. It's such a good read, and you'll learn a lot about the world of medicine as you ejoy the plot.
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Another good medical suspense novel. Palmer does a great job of keeping one on their toes. Would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries
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Since Health Care Reform is a hot topic today, this book (although fiction) really makes the reader consider what has happened to health care in this country since the Vietnam era. A crime drama and statement about the crisis caused by HMO's ruling the industry. I could not put it down.
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Great read
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Hospitals are suppose to save lives,but this one isn't always doing that.One of his better suppence ones.
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Dynamite plot. Fast-paced and engrossing. Guaranteed to terrify anyone who has reason to step inside the doors of a hospital. (The W.washington Post) Managed care indictment.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
"At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the wealthy and powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She's not the first to die - or the last. A vicious serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common - they are all high-profile executives in the managed care industry." "Dr. Will Grant is an overworked and highly dedicated surgeon. He has experienced firsthand the outrages of a system that cares more about the bottom line than about life-and-death issues of patients. As a member of the Hippocrates Society, Will seeks to reclaim the profession of medicine from the hundreds of companies profiting wildly by controlling the decisions that affect the delivery of care. But the doctor's determination has attracted a dangerous zealot who will stop at nothing to make Will his ally. Soon Will is both a suspect and a victim, a pawn in a deadly endgame. Then, in one horrible moment, Will's professional and personal worlds are destroyed and his very life placed in peril." Rookie detective Patty Moriarity is in danger of being removed from her first big case - the managed care killings. To save her career, she has no choice but to risk trusting Will, knowing he may well be the killer she is hunting. Together they have little to go on except the knowledge that the assassin is vengeful, cunning, ruthless - and may not be working alone. That - and a cryptic message that grows longer with each murder: a message Grant and Moriarty must decipher if they don't want to be the next victims.
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Healthcare industry is evil but one physician stands up to challenges.
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Medical Suspense Thriller guaranteed to terrify anyone who has to step inside the doors of a hospital
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At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the wealthy and powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She is not the first to die-or the last. A vicious serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: they are all high-profile executives in the managed care industry.
Dr Will Grant is an overworked and highly dedicated surgeon. As a member of the Hippocrates Society, Will seeks to reclaim the profession of medicine from the hundreds of companies profiting wildly by controlling the decisions that affect the delivery of care. But the doctor's determination has attracted a dangerous zealot who will stop at nothing to make Will his ally.
Soon Will is both a suspect and a victim, and working with rookie detective Patty Moriarity, they must work together to hunt down this vengeful, cunning and ruthless assassin.
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Fantastic medical mystery
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Loved the story. great read.
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Who among us is not aware of the corruption of the American Health Care Systems?
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This was my first medical mystery and I thought it was pretty cool.
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Palmer hits home with this medical thriller.
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When reality is scarier than fiction, The Society is what you get...I liked it.
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Great book about managed care and hmo's and how far some of them will go to make money, lots and lots of money.
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Doctors are standing up to the HMO's. One doctor goes into the OR high on drugs and contaminates a patient or was he high? Is someone setting him up as he claims. Very good book
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Michael Palmer's characters were believeable. This story was so hard to put down because it had many plot twists. A must read!
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A REALLY GOOD MEDICAL STORY ALTHOW IT BECOMES A BIT UNBELIEVABLE AT THE END NEVER THE LESS A PAGE TURNER
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Another Michael Palmer work of well developed characters and a modern
plot. Recommended!
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If you ever had dark questions about your HMO you should/must read this novel.
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Medical adventure exploring the impact and attitudes of HMO executives.
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Wow! I couldn't put it down.
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Good writer, would recommend any of his books.
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FANTASTIC AS ALWAYS.
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a serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: al are high-profile executives in the managed care industry...
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Outstanding medical thriller written by a critical care specialist who dives deep into the world of HMO's and hospital politics.
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Standard Michael Palmer . . . hard to put down.
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This was fun, with a terrific hero in Will Grant. A very entertaining medical mystery thriller that raises a lot of ethical questions. My first Michael Palmer, but not my last!
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Good book.......good story.
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Another spell-binder about the health care industry. Loved it.
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This was the June 2011 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. I give it a C.

The story began with intrigue but quickly descended into a nonsensical mish-mash of gun-wielding healthcare executives, doctors, police, gang members...and even patients! It seems everyone had a gun in this book, LOL.

The one plus would be the commentary on the state of health care in the United States, greed...and how, as a country, we can do so much better for ALL of our citizens. Health care shouldn't be a long-standing oxymoron.
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Pretty good plot, but the dialogue, which includes a lot of bantering under life-and-death circumstances, seems immature. Also, at the end our hero and heroine are left dangling in great danger, then hey presto we fast forward in time without explaining how they got out of the mess.
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