See all titles by Michael Palmer.
The New York Times bestselling author and master of
suspense delivers another novel at the crossroads of politics and
medicine in this shocker of a thriller
the night of the State of the Union address, President Max Hilliard
expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the
terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the
Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has
unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building.
No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team
responsible for its development—a team headed by Hilliard, himself.
only one who might be able to help is virologist Griffin Rhodes,
currently in solitary confinement in a maximum security federal prison
for alleged terrorist acts, including the attempted theft of WRX3883
from the lab where he worked. Rhodes has no idea why he has been
arrested, but when Hilliard offers to free him in exchange for his help
combating the virus, he reluctantly agrees to do what he can to support
the government that has imprisoned him without apparent cause.
every single person in line for presidential succession is trapped
inside the Capitol—every person except one: the Director of Homeland
Security, who is safely at home in Minnesota, having been selected as
the “Designated Survivor” for this event. With enemies both named and
unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must
unravel the mysteries of WRX3883 without violating his pledge as a
scientist to use no animal testing in his experiments…and time is
Tense, thrilling, and entirely plausible, A Heartbeat Away will make you reflect, wonder, and be truly afraid.