‘Political Suicide’ Gets an A+

Michael Palmer is BACK!!!PoliticalSuicide

Three men, members of an elite military company, are making their way into Taliban country. Dressed as native Muslims, when they’re recognized and stopped dead in their tracks, they work together to complete their mission. Forming a triangle, the three men utter the words: “Whatever it Takes,” as they remove their robes and hit the buttons on their explosive devices, immediately vaporizing everyone who’s standing anywhere near them.

Dr. Lou Welcome is a former addict who’s now in charge of the PWO (Physician Wellness Office). This group takes care of doctors who have been alcoholics and/or addicts, helping them to get back on their feet and resume their careers. One day, Lou gets a call from a friend who he’s been mentoring, Dr. Gary McHugh. This doctor has been very lackadaisical about following rules, such as attending AA meetings, and has not been paying very much attention to his sponsor. But when he calls, he lets Lou know about a truly dire situation that he finds himself immersed in and begs for help.

Sitting in the ER, Gary was apparently found unconscious in his car after an accident had occurred. All he remembers is heading to the house of Congressman Elias Colston, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and finding him dead on arrival. The memory loss he’s experiencing is detrimental, especially considering the fact that Gary was having an affair with the Congressman’s wife that she just recently ended, making Gary the prime suspect in the Congressman’s demise.

Lou seems to be the only one who buys Gary’s version of the story, and agrees to help his lawyer out. Suffice to say, Lou encounters all kinds of setbacks and blocked doors galore when he begins investigating, and more and more people are letting him know that Gary McHugh has a seriously bad reputation, and is most likely the killer. However, when Lou receives information that makes him a target of political people who are embedded in a mystery involving suicide bombings in Afghanistan, the two plotlines merge into one and this book goes from great to outstanding. This is a definite keeper!