Peter Palmieri was raised in the eclectic port city of Trieste, Italy. He returned to the United States atthe age of 14 with just a suitcase and an acoustic guitar. After attending public high school in San Diego, California, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Animal Physiology from the University of California, San Diego. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training at the University of Chicago and Loyola University Medical Center. More recently, he was awarded a Healthcare MBA by The George Washington University. A former student of Robert McKee's Story seminar and the SMU Writer's Path program, and a two-time attendee of the SEAK Medical Fiction seminar taught by Tess Gerritsen and Michael Palmer, Peter is now busy practicing general pediatrics at a large academic medical center while working on his next medical suspense.
Genre: fiction: medical (medical suspense)
Release date: June 2013
Dr. Lloyd Copeland is a young neurologist who is tormented by the conviction that he has inherited the severe, early-onset dementia that has plagued his family for generations – the very disease which spurred his father to take his own life when Lloyd was just a child. Withdrawn to a life of emotional detachment, he looks for solace in hollow sexual trysts as a way to escape his throbbing loneliness. Still, he clings to the hope that the highly controversial treatment for memory loss he’s been researching will free him from his family’s curse.
But when odd mishaps take place in his laboratory, his research is blocked by a hospital review board headed by Erin Kennedy: a beautiful medical ethicist with a link to his troubled childhood. The fight to salvage his reputation and recover the hope for his own cure brings him face to face with sordid secrets that rock his very self-identity. And to make matters worse, he finds himself falling irretrievably in love with the very woman who seems intent on thwarting his efforts.
Praise for The Art of Forgetting:
"Read this one!" Bobby Garrison, Amazon Reviewer
"Entertaining medical thriller!" Roy Benaroch, MD
"The Art of Forgetting is unforgettable!" Apollonia D., Amazon Reviewer
This is my first experience with Mr. Palmieri's work and I had no idea what to expect. I have to admit that the opening chapter made me think this was going to be a boring book.
Boy was I wrong!
After the first chapter, the book just keeps getting better and better. There were so many twists and unexpected turns that I was literally trying to read faster to see what happened next.
Dr. Lloyd Copeland's father committed suicide over a family curse. His research is all about finding a cure before this curse ruins his career and life. Testing lab mice with serums that Dr. Copeland has been working on to find the cure for Dimintia, mice are suddenly dying. Was the serum bad?
In the midst of his research, he meets Erin through mutual friends. It turns out that Erin plays a big part in this plot. As Dr. Copeland ascertains to get approval to test his serum on humans, it turns into this big conspiracy to sabotage his research. Will he be able to get his research right before the curse consumes him?
I have to say that I truly enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and had just the right amount of tension to make you not want to put the book down. To me, this book is so much like reality and what can and does happen in the real world. In the beginning Copeland was made out to be this sex addict that feared commitment. As the story continues, we find out why he thinks and acts the way he does and by the end of the book so much is brought to the surface that I was left saying...
"I didn't see that coming!"
Characters were very relatable, the plot was fantastic, and I highly recommend you read this book!