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   Miracle Cure

Miracle Cure
by Michael Palmer

Category: Fiction / General
447 pages; ISBN: 0099278669

Rating: 7/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Luke Croll


Dr Brian Holbrook used to be one of the best cardiologists before getting addicted to painkillers. However, he`s now got rid of the addiction and is back. He becomes involved in the clinical trials of a new drug to reduce heart disease, but patients who have made good progress start dying. Is Brian Holbrook on the way to the morgue himself?

I admit that I am a great fan of Michael Palmer`s novels, but at the moment, he seems to be concentrating on one idea. As far as I know, all of his novels have been about a crusading doctor, working against either an individual or a rogue company. Now, I am not saying that this is a bad thing, as Palmer has used some excellent plots, such Anton Perchek in `Silent Treatment`.

However, I must say that I would like to see a little bit of variety. Here, the characters were just normal. They were not particularly deep, nor were they too shallow. However, there was nothing to separate them from characters in his other novels. The plot, at least, was interesting and something reasonably new.

Nevertheless, I think that Palmer is going to have to come up with something either new or particularly striking for his next novel, or he is going to be stuck in a rut. Admittedly, it may be a rut that sells quite well, but if that new `something` is lacking, Palmer is going to find himself overtaken by the likes of Tess Gerritsen and Robin Cook. If he could produce another book that was as good as `Silent Treatment`, it would be


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