The Last Surgeon is Michael Palmer's latest medical thriller. This book kept me intrigued and creeped out at the same time! In this latest work, a psychopathic serial killer is out to get random victims in the name of "work" for which he is highly compensated. The killer has medical skills of his own which only compounds his ability to senselessly murder innocent people and, yet, keep himself clear of any accusations.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nick Garrity, a young war vet suffering from a severe case of post traumatic stress disorder is running a mobile health clinic to help those with less resources receive the medical care they need. Nick is battling with the demons of PTSD on a daily basis. This is made worse by the fact that his best friend, Umberto Vasquez, who also saved his life from a suicide bomber, mysteriously disappeared 4 years ago. Nick makes it his mission to find Vasquez as he feels he owes his life to this man.
Nick then meets Jillian Coates, a psychiatric nurse, who is investigating her sister's recent death -- a death that was ruled suicide but which Jillian believes was, in fact, murder. Her investigation leads her to Dr. Nick Garrity and in order to help her find out what really happened to her sister, she has to help Nick solve the mystery of Umberto's disappearance. Using her inside connections at the hospital, they race to find out what happened to their loved ones before they are targeted by the killer.
This was another great thriller by prolific author, Michael Palmer. It was a horrifying but smart mix of murder and medicine. I found myself completely disgusted and creeped out by the killer. You know who the killer is and what he is doing from the very beginning. The mystery in that is trying to find out who hired him and why he's killing these people. The creepiness is in the fact that this character is so completely evil and soulless and enjoys using his knowledge of medicine to kill. I found myself sometimes frustrated by Nick's inability to live his life fully due to his PTSD, but that frustration may have lent to the credibility and "realness" of his character. There were one or two things about the storyline that I thought were sort of convenient, such as the person behind the secret company, Jericho. But it still made sense in the storyline. In all, I really enjoyed this thriller. It had mystery, action, thrills, and a little dash of romance that add up to a great mystery/thriller. Any fan of this genre will enjoy this book!