The Society

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Palmer
Narrator: J. Charles
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2004
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Overview

At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the wealthy and powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She is not the first to die - nor the last. A vicious serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: they are all high-profile executives in the managed care industry.

Dr. Will Grant is an overworked and highly dedicated surgeon. He has experienced firsthand the outrages of a system that cares more about the bottom line than the life and death issues of patients. As a member of the Hippocrates Society, Will seeks to reclaim the profession of medicine from the hundreds of companies now profiting wildly from controlling the decisions affecting the delivery of care. But the doctor's determination has attracted a dangerous zealot, who will stop at nothing to make Will his ally. Soon, Will is a both suspect and victim, a pawn in a deadly endgame. Then, in one horrible moment, his professional and personal worlds are destroyed and his very life placed in peril.

Rookie detective Patty Moriarity is in danger of being removed from her first big case-the managed care killings. To save her career, she has no choice but to risk trusting Will, knowing he may well be the killer she is hunting. Together, they have little to go on other than the knowledge that the assassin is vengeful, cunning and ruthlessÅ and may not be working alone. Random letters of the alphabet have been found beside each victim. The emerging message must be deciphered if the killings are to be stopped. And Will and Patty may well be the next victims.

Reviews (10)

The Society

Written by clk New Mexico on February 22nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book should be put with the political books. I have never heard either side of the health care issue be any more underhanded and derisive. I could not continue past disk 3, I felt as though I was a far left wing conference

Good Car Book

Written by thesuffragette on August 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good plot twists. Likable characters. The ending with a proposed salvation of the health care system is a little hokey and certainly not what I'd be interested in, but the sentiment of allowing doctor's to practice the art of medicine is very laudable.

Society

Written by Nathalie Logan on May 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Disk 10 from the set you sent to me has a problem, probably too old.

Society of the Bore

Written by Anonymous on August 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Couldn't get through the 3rd CD. So boring. I kept hoping something would actually happen. But it didn't and after 3 CDs I gave up. Unless you really care about HMOs and how they operate, you won't care for this.

Society

Written by Anonymous on September 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I am a big fan of Michael Palmer, and had initially bought this book last year. Since I did not get a chance to finish reading it, I thought it would be great to rent the audiobook. At first, I enjoyed the book, but after awhile, the story line introduced many twists and turns, and began to get tiresome. Finally, I couldn't WAIT until the book was over and I could rent another book. I think Mr. Palmer introduced too many characters and made the story line too large and cumbersome.

SOCIETY

Written by Terri Cramer on August 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

excellent listening, I was entertained from beginning to end.

Society

Written by Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on June 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

If you work in healthcare, the story does not seem that unbelievable. The writing is weak and the author's voice does not match the personality of the character. The story spins out of control into an attempted Hollywood ending.

Society

Written by Cathy Schroeter on June 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

If you want to know about the horrors of MMOs then you'll like this story. I just wanted to get to the point of who done-it. Could of been told in 1 cd not 8

Keeps You In The Car

Written by Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on February 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of those stories that keeps you in your car to listen to even after your commute is done.

Society

Written by Anonymous on November 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book had a very good beginning. The story line was very believable. Unfortunately, at the very end of the book, the plot became very unrealistic and was somewhat disappointing.

Author Details

Author Details

Palmer, Michael

"Michael Palmer, M.D., is the author of Miracle Cure, Critical Judgment, Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. His books have been translated into thirty languages. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals, spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine, and is now an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society's physician health program."