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The First Family

The First Family

A Novel

Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer

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“Captures the intense atmosphere of the White House…I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
President Bill Clinton on Michael Palmer's The First Patient

Growing up in the White House was never supposed to be easy. So when sixteen-year-old Cam, also a champion chess player, experiences extreme moodiness and an uncharacteristic violent outburst, doctors are quick to dismiss his troubles as adolescent angst. Still, Secret Service agent Karen Ray, whose job is to guard the president’s family with her life, is convinced that Cam’s condition is serious—enough so that she summons her physician ex-husband for a second opinion.

At first, the president’s team doesn’t want to listen to Dr. Lee Blackwood. But when Cam gets sicker, Lee must make a diagnosis from a puzzling array of symptoms. His only clue is a young patient named Susie, a young musical prodigy who seems to be suffering from similar symptoms as Cam. Hospitalized after an attempt on her life by a determined killer, Susie faces increased jeopardy as Cam’s case takes on a terrifying new dimension. Is someone trying to send a message—and kill the president’s son? As Lee and Karen race for a cure to help Cam, they begin to uncover betrayals that breach the highest levels of national security. And until they can find the truth, no one is safe. . .

“Seamlessly blends medicine, politics, and life in the White House into a riveting potboiler of a story…Grabs you by the throat and won’t let go until the last page is turned.” —James R… More…

“Captures the intense atmosphere of the White House…I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
President Bill Clinton on Michael Palmer's The First Patient

Growing up in the White House was never supposed to be easy. So when sixteen-year-old Cam, also a champion chess player, experiences extreme moodiness and an uncharacteristic violent outburst, doctors are quick to dismiss his troubles as adolescent angst. Still, Secret Service agent Karen Ray, whose job is to guard the president’s family with her life, is convinced that Cam’s condition is serious—enough so that she summons her physician ex-husband for a second opinion.

At first, the president’s team doesn’t want to listen to Dr. Lee Blackwood. But when Cam gets sicker, Lee must make a diagnosis from a puzzling array of symptoms. His only clue is a young patient named Susie, a young musical prodigy who seems to be suffering from similar symptoms as Cam. Hospitalized after an attempt on her life by a determined killer, Susie faces increased jeopardy as Cam’s case takes on a terrifying new dimension. Is someone trying to send a message—and kill the president’s son? As Lee and Karen race for a cure to help Cam, they begin to uncover betrayals that breach the highest levels of national security. And until they can find the truth, no one is safe. . .

“Seamlessly blends medicine, politics, and life in the White House into a riveting potboiler of a story…Grabs you by the throat and won’t let go until the last page is turned.” —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Seventh Plague

Intriguing.”—Booklist

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CHAPTER 1


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

The terror never went away. It should have by now. After all this time, she should not have been so afraid. Her long legs shook beneath the silky fabric of an elegant red gown. She inhaled...

Praise for The First Family

Praise for The First Family:

"What makes this story shine is the mix of compelling characters and intriguing science...Daniel is as adept as his father was at finding suspense in the intricacies of medicine." —Booklist

"Terrifying and all too plausible—Daniel Palmer continues his father's tradition of delivering authentic and high-velocity medical suspense. The combination of medical chills and high-level Washington make The First Family irresistible.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and The Switch

"Palmer's The First Family gives you likable characters to root for, a top-notch villain, and enough excitement to make your hair curl. Have fun with this thriller." —Catherine Coulter, author of The Devil's Triangle

Double the trouble, twice the action, and quadruple the enjoyment, this is a high-octane game changer.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bishop's Pawn and The Lost Order

High-stakes and intelligent, The First Family is everything you want in a medical thriller. Chilling!
—Robert Dugoni #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author of My Sisters Grave

"The First Family is adrenaline-fueled entertainment that twists, turns, surprises and satisfies!” -John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

"A Palmer novel transports you into the complex world of medical-legal-social ethics. The First Family doesn't disappoint, wrestling with the murky questions of what we can do ver… More…


Praise for The First Family:

"What makes this story shine is the mix of compelling characters and intriguing science...Daniel is as adept as his father was at finding suspense in the intricacies of medicine." —Booklist

"Terrifying and all too plausible—Daniel Palmer continues his father's tradition of delivering authentic and high-velocity medical suspense. The combination of medical chills and high-level Washington make The First Family irresistible.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and The Switch

"Palmer's The First Family gives you likable characters to root for, a top-notch villain, and enough excitement to make your hair curl. Have fun with this thriller." —Catherine Coulter, author of The Devil's Triangle

Double the trouble, twice the action, and quadruple the enjoyment, this is a high-octane game changer.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bishop's Pawn and The Lost Order

High-stakes and intelligent, The First Family is everything you want in a medical thriller. Chilling!
—Robert Dugoni #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author of My Sisters Grave

"The First Family is adrenaline-fueled entertainment that twists, turns, surprises and satisfies!” -John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

"A Palmer novel transports you into the complex world of medical-legal-social ethics. The First Family doesn't disappoint, wrestling with the murky questions of what we can do versus what we should do. Gripping.” —Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author and creator of Bones

“Daniel Palmer’s latest thriller The First Family seamlessly blends genomics, politics, and life in the White House into a riveting potboiler of a story. If you crossed the best of Robin Cook’s medical mysteries with the insider authenticity of David Baldacci's political thriller, you’d end up with a book like this, a story that grabs you by the throat and won’t let go until the last page is turned.” —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Seventh Plague

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Reviews from Goodreads

Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer

DANIEL PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels. 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.

MICHAEL PALMER authored twenty-one novels of medical suspense before his death in 2013, all international bestsellers. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Extreme Measures was the basis for a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman.

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