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Line of Fire

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Did Sam Kill Someone?

I have read all of Stephen White’s novels. I started when I lived In Longmont, CO which is basically Boulder-east and was so enthralled with Alan Gregory, Sam Purdy and their friends that I couldn’t put any of them down. The same goes today – I loved this book.
Ala...
I have read all of Stephen White’s novels. I started when I lived In Longmont, CO which is basically Boulder-east and was so enthralled with Alan Gregory, Sam Purdy and their friends that I couldn’t put any of them down. The same goes today – I loved this book.
Alan, psychologist, therapist, husband, father and friend is about to find out all sorts of interesting thing about several folk in his life. He knows that Lauren, his wife, is a top-notch lawyer for the Boulder DA’s office. He knows that his best friend Sam the cop is hiding something major. His partner, Diane, who has had several bad years; is coming apart at the seams. Not that she doesn’t have reasons, but…..
And then in walk two new patients: Amanda who has a background no one would want and Rick who is not at all who he seems to be. He’s a lot more worrisome. Amanda’s brother passed away from cancer and she helped ease his pain. Rick (aka Comadoe – you’d have to read it) apparently overheard a conversation while in a semi-coma that links Sam and maybe Alan to a murder in another town. Did Sam do it? Maybe. Did Alan know about it? Yep. Did Alan know Sam took Lauren’s car? Not bloody likely!
The ease with which Stephen White comes up with plots worries me a bit. Not many are this good all of the time. He is. The part that worried me before I read this story was that this is the second to the last book about Boulder, Alan and Sam. We all know good things come to an end but – dammitt – I really liked these. And you will really love this one!

posted by nle1 on August 29, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Line of Fire is the 19th out of an imagined 20 novels in a serie

Line of Fire is the 19th out of an imagined 20 novels in a series
featuring Boulder shrink Alan Gregory. One more book is to complete the
series. It can't come too soon after reading Line of Fire. The author
has his major characters complicit in a crime that defies beli...
Line of Fire is the 19th out of an imagined 20 novels in a series
featuring Boulder shrink Alan Gregory. One more book is to complete the
series. It can't come too soon after reading Line of Fire. The author
has his major characters complicit in a crime that defies belief,
another major character is involved in a shocking crime, and a lovable
character meets an unwarranted end. Why not just throw in the kitchen
sink, too? Much of the book is spent detailing one character's sexual
history as she comes for therapy. Given that she is a sex worker, it
provides some titillating material but nothing that we needed in the
novel. Oh, did I mention the infidelity of one of the character's? I
guess that was the kitchen sink. Anyway, an absurd novel that only
promises to become truly ludicrous in the 20th and gratefully last book.

posted by KenCady on August 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    I was very disappointed in this book after being an avid reader

    I was very disappointed in this book after being an avid reader of the
    series. This book felt more like the season's finale of a mediocre tv
    series instead of the thought out ending of a gifted author. It seems
    like the author did every thing he could to burn bridges to any
    attachment readers have to any of the characters, as the most virtuous
    receive the worst treatment. Found myself wondering why the author found
    it necessary to blow up hopes for anything good for anyone in the book.
    I had been looking forward to these last two books but now I am thinking
    of passing on the last.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

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    Line of Fire is the 19th out of an imagined 20 novels in a serie

    Line of Fire is the 19th out of an imagined 20 novels in a series
    featuring Boulder shrink Alan Gregory. One more book is to complete the
    series. It can't come too soon after reading Line of Fire. The author
    has his major characters complicit in a crime that defies belief,
    another major character is involved in a shocking crime, and a lovable
    character meets an unwarranted end. Why not just throw in the kitchen
    sink, too? Much of the book is spent detailing one character's sexual
    history as she comes for therapy. Given that she is a sex worker, it
    provides some titillating material but nothing that we needed in the
    novel. Oh, did I mention the infidelity of one of the character's? I
    guess that was the kitchen sink. Anyway, an absurd novel that only
    promises to become truly ludicrous in the 20th and gratefully last book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Waiting for the final chapter.....

    I am going to truly miss Alan, Lauren and Sam along with all of the other interesting characters that have been portrayed in this series. I have followed along since the 2nd book came out and waited patiently for each new installment. With that being said, I was not thrilled with the direction this book took. It didn't feel like I was reading about the same characters I have come to know. Specifically, the methodically careful Sam and Alan, would not just have a conversation about a secret over a coma patients bed. They would be out in the mountains walking the dogs or ANYWHERE else. Secondly, that this patient (that wasn't "really" in a coma) was central to the storyline was very unbelievable. Third, the deterioration of Diane....just crazy! And finally Laurens' fate seems to just be included for the convenience of the storyline. This is not the typical Stephen White writing. Hopefully the final installment will bring the rest of the cast to a somewhat satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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