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The Program

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    Great

    Great fun fast read that keeps you on your toes the whole book. I did not want to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    Great Recovery After A Shaky Beginning

    New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord watches helplessly as her husband is assassinated moments before they are to celebrate their anniversary at a posh New Orleans restaurant. A condemned man¿s mother is killed in a car accident. He blames Kirsten because if she didn¿t prosecute him and win, his mother would have never been traveling on that road to visit him in jail. Kirsten suddenly remembers how he threatened her as he was being sent away to jail. ¿Every precious thing I lose, you will lose two.¿ .The first had been her husband. The second has to be her little girl. Now she and her daughter must enter the Witness Protection Program, the antithesis of everything she believes in...the very program she has publicly assaulted during her years as a prosecutor. ¿The Program¿ may now be the only thing that can keep her and her daughter alive. She soon meets and befriends program veteran Carl Luppo, a mob assassin turned good guy, who tells her that someone may be leaking Kirsten¿s whereabouts to the wrong people. Now the only people she can trust are Carl, and her program-appointed psychologist Alan Gregory. Before this story is over people will die and many lives will be changed. Once I muddled through the very shaky beginning, which included random changes of perspective, lackadaisical plotting and other languid unmentionables, I found this book to be quite a page turner. Stephen White offers a story chock full of spicy dialog, engaging characters, and great little tidbits of information. I enjoyed witnessing the interplay among the characters, and Dr. Gregory¿s psych sessions were fascinating. A different type of work for this author that is nicely done, albeit the rocky start. Stay with it and enjoy. Cris

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    A SUPERB READING

    Even at her young age, Sandra Burr is a veteran performer who first walked on a civic theater stage at the age of six. She gives an appropriately menacing reading to this frightening story of a woman and her nine-year-old daughter who seek refuge in the Witness Protection Program. After New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord's husband is murdered by a hit man, she soon discovers that her own life and that of her daughter's is threatened. Feeling she has no other valid choice she agrees to be hidden in Colorado. However, once in the program she meets another who is being protected, Carl Luppo. He is a lone mob hit man very much, she suspects, like the man who killed her husband. Sensing her danger, Luppo befriends Kirsten; he appoints himself her guardian. Kirsten's chaotic life is in stark contrast to the relative tranquility enjoyed by a psychological consultant to the Protection Program and his wife who are preparing for the birth of their first child. There's both darkness and light in this suspenseful tale, and Sandra Burr reads it superbly.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent thriller

    Sentenced drug dealer Ernesto Castro warns New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Kirstin Lord that for every thing he loses, she will lose twice. A few weeks later, Kirstin goes to meet her spouse Robert at the Galatoire restaurant, but sees the hitman wearing the Saints cap assassinate her husband. Though grieving her loss, Kirstin realizes that Castro said ¿twice¿ and worries that her eight-year old daughter Amy will be next. <P>Ironically, Kirstin, a vocal critic of the witness protection program hiding killers from justice, enters the Federal witness security program. She becomes Peyton Francis and Amy becomes Landon, and they relocate to Boulder. Needing psychological help to cope with the upheaval and tragedies of her life she begins to see Dr. Alan Gregory, whose other WITSEC patient is former hitman Carl Luppo, a killer of at least 15-20 people. Carl realizes that something is not right with Peyton¿s disguise and takes the two females under his personal protection whether it is from Castro or someone more sinister. <P>THE PROGRAM is an exciting thriller that provides an insightful look into the pros and cons of the witness protection program. Kirstin and Carl are intriguing characters hiding for different reasons. The return of Dr. Gregory is always a reason to rejoice, but in all honesty his role is a secondary catalyst to the fast-paced main plot starring Kirstin. Still, he plays a pivotal role and his sessions with his two patients seem very real, making the story line feel genuine. Best-selling author Stephen White may have written his best novel to date with this tremendous taut tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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