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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
342 pages ; 23 cm
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9781250107428 (hardcover)
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Author Notes
<p>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.</p> <p>DANIEL PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels including Trauma and Mercy . He received his master's degree from Boston University. Daniel lives with his wife and two children in New Hampshire where he is at work on his next novel.</p>
Fiction/Biography Profile
Geoffrey Hilliard (Male), President of the U.S., Married, Father, His teenaged son is threatened by potentially fatal illness
Cam (Male), Student, Chess champion; experiences extreme fatigue; moodiness; violent outburst
Karen Ray (Female), Secret Service agent, Guards the president's family; worried about Cam's symptoms; gets a second opinion
Lee Blackwood (Male), Medical doctor, Karen's ex-husband; makes a diagnosis from array of symptoms he's never seen before
U.S. presidents
Fathers and sons
Children of presidents
Sick children
Secret Service agents
Children in peril
Search for truth
Washington, D.C. - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Paper-thin characters and a hard-to-swallow plot mar bestseller Palmer's self-described homage to his late father Michael's The First Patient. Karen Ray, the Secret Service agent primarily responsible for the safety of Cam Hilliard, the U.S. president's teenage son, consults her ex-husband, Washington, D.C., family practitioner Lee Blackwood, after Frederick Gleason, the head White House physician, suggests that Cam be treated for a mental health problem. Lee is brought in for a second opinion, and, after his exam, clashes with Gleason over Cam's treatment. Lee's suspicions that there's a physical basis for Cam's symptoms are eventually validated and lead him and Karen to look into the True Potential Institute, "a unique educational center dedicated to helping D.C.'s most gifted children develop mastery in a variety of disciplines," where Cam, a chess master, studies chess and where he routinely receives medications intended to boost mental acuity. The plot never generates much suspense. Readers can only hope that Palmer (Mercy) will return to form next time. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Daniel Palmer writes suspense fiction under his own name, and medical thrillers that carry on the brand established by his late father, Michael (1942-2013). This one falls into the latter category and effectively extends the Michael Palmer legacy, nicely mixing elements of hard science with traditional thriller elements. Cam Hilliard, the son of the U.S. president, is a chess prodigy, but he has begun showing signs of depression and is losing his competitive edge. The president's doctor initially sees therapy as the answer, but a second opinion yields a surprising result. While the two doctors argue over what's best for Cam, it soon becomes clear that the president's son might not be the only one who has this affliction. Murder and political machinations play out in the background, but what makes this story shine is the mix of compelling characters and intriguing science. Michael Palmer and Robin Cook fans are the natural audience for this one, which should reconfirm the fact that Daniel is as adept as his father was at finding suspense in the intricacies of medicine.--Ayers, Jeff Copyright 2018 Booklist
<p> The President''s teenaged son is threatened by a potentially fatal illness that is rooted in dark secrets from a long-buried past. </p> <p>President Geoffrey Hilliard and his family live in the ever-present glare of the political limelight, with relentless scrutiny of their daily lives. The White House is not an easy place to grow up, so when the President''s son Cam, a sixteen-year-old chess champion, experiences extreme fatigue, moodiness, and an uncharacteristic violent outburst, doctors are quick to dismiss his troubles as teen angst. But Secret Service agent Karen Ray, whose job is to guard the president''s family with herlife, is convinced Cam''s issues are serious - serious enough to summon her physician ex-husband for a second opinion.</p> <p>Dr. Lee Blackwood''s concerns are dismissed by the president''s team - until Cam gets sicker. Lee must make a diagnosis from a puzzling array of symptoms he''s never seen before. His only clue is a patient named Susie Banks, a young musical prodigy who seems to be suffering from the same baffling condition as Cam. Hospitalized after an attempt on her life by a determined killer, Susie''s jeopardy escalates as Cam''s condition takes on a terrifying new dimension.</p> <p> Is someone trying to murder the President''s son? </p> <p>As Lee and Karen race for a cure to Cam''s mysterious and deadly disease, they begin to uncover betrayals that breach the highest levels of national security.</p> <p>Returning to the same Washington, DC setting of The First Patient, which former President Bill Clinton said "captured the intense atmosphere of the White House," The First Family is a riveting new medical drama from acclaimed novelist Daniel Palmer, in the tradition of his late father, New York Times bestselling novelist Michael Palmer.</p> <p> Praise for The First Family: </p> <p>" 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 </p> <p>"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 </p> <p>" 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 </p> <p>" High-stakes and intelligent , The First Family is everything you want in a medical thriller. Chilling! "<br> --Robert Dugoni #1 Amazon, Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author of My Sisters Grave </p> <p>" The First Family is adrenaline-fueled entertainment that twists, turns, surprises and satisfies! " -John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author</p> <p>"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 b estselling author and creator of Bones </p> <p>"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 </p>
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