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Mercy

Mercy

A Novel

Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer

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Mercy: What’s your definition?

Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die—until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. Sam begs to end his life, but Julie sees hope in a life together. Then, just as Sam seems to be coming around to her point of view, he has an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress—in fact, it appears that Sam had literally been scared to death.

As Julie investigates similar cases, she finds a frightening pattern…and finds herself the target of disturbing threats. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate, until she is accused of a mercy killing of her own. Now, to clear her name and save her career, she must track down whoever is behind these mysterious deaths...but time is running out, as someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her.

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.


CHAPTER 1


 


You really don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.


On nights like this, when Walter McKenna could barely get air into his lungs, and each breath...

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Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer

Michael Palmer authored twenty-one novels of medical suspense before his death in 2013, all international bestsellers, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, and The Last Surgeon. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Extreme Measures was the basis for a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman.

Daniel Palmer is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. Daniel lives with his wife and two children in New Hampshire where he is currently at work on his next novel.

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