From the Publisher
"Guaranteed to keep readers glued to their seats." -Denver Post "A_Hitchcockian nightmare." -Publishers Weekly "White [ranks] with our century's top-notch thriller writers." -Denver Post
Contemporary cerebral thrillers don't get much better than bestseller White's 15th novel (after Kill Me), which deftly combines complex characterization and intricate plotting. White's debut novel, Privileged Information, introduced Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory and the clever but deadly Michael McClelland, a former meteorologist turned killer, whose rampage almost cost Gregory and his wife, Lauren, their lives. In this sequel, while Lauren, a local prosecutor, is absorbed in a sensitive grand jury probe that represents her best chance to demonstrate that she can function despite her MS, Gregory learns that McClelland has escaped from custody and has devised a devious, multilayered revenge scheme against everyone he holds responsible for his incarceration. Almost overnight, Gregory finds his routine existence turned into a Hitchcockian nightmare. Suspected of several murders, he can trust no one. Both established fans and those just now discovering the author's gifts will be turning pages late into the night. (Mar.)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Psychologist Alan Gregory has a secret, and one of his former patients, a deranged killer, is taunting him with it. Michael McClelland—who made his first appearance in Privileged Information(1991)—has escaped a mental institution and is coming after Gregory's friends and family, including his wife, a deputy district attorney suffering from multiple sclerosis. Gregory becomes a suspect in a series of crimes ranging from the murder of a new patient on a neighbor's property to the disappearance of a star witness in his wife's current grand jury case. It soon becomes apparent that McClelland is not the only one trying to set the doctor up for a fall. But why? And what is the secret Gregory has never even shared with his own wife? New York Timesbest-selling author White (Kill Me) combines a tight storytelling style with a psychologist's eye, offering up plenty of twists. One caveat—readers new to the Alan Gregory novels may find themselves confused or distracted by the many references to past events, secondary characters, and parallel plot lines. An essential purchase for libraries owning previous titles in the series; optional for other collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ11/1/06.]
Absorbing, intellectually challenging….A startlingly provocative novel….Like Henry James before him, Fowles has created rarified creatures free enough to take on the toughest question that life offers: how to live?
Daniel Martin is an old fashioned novel in the sense that one can enter and live in it….Mr. Fowles is up to something that is extremely important to him, and this alone is a source of considerable tension and excitement.
New York Times
A masterpiece of symbolically charged realism….Fowles is the only writer in English who has the power, range, knowledge, and wisdom of a Tolstoy or James.
Yet another of Dr. Alan Gregory's ex-patients goes off the rails, threatening the Boulder psychologist, his wife and his best friend with exposure of their darkest secrets. Years ago, after meteorologist Michael McClelland raped and murdered his sister, Alan Gregory (Kill Me, 2006, etc.) testified in a hearing that sent McClelland to a psychiatric ward at Colorado State Hospital instead of the big house. Now McClelland's escaped at just the time things are starting to go seriously wrong in his old therapist's life. He's already estranged from his wife, MS-stricken deputy DA Lauren Crowder, because of her resistance to his pleas that they have another child and her involvement in the hunt for a missing witness she can't talk about. Their relationship turns frigid when the witness's handbag turns up in Alan's office and a police search ordered by his old buddy Det. Sam Purdy reveals blood on his shoe. The blood, Alan knows, is innocuous enough: It comes from his new patient Kol Cruz's nosebleed. Actually, he doesn't know squat. Cruz has disappeared, leaving behind a string of whoppers. McClelland has obviously staked out Alan's house. The cops offer Lauren protection from whoever might have killed her witness, but they obviously don't believe a word Alan says. At length, the trails of the two patients, past and present, cross in a way that makes it painfully clear, as Sam points out, that if Alan really is innocent of the spiraling web of criminal conspiracy, somebody's gone to an awful lot of trouble to make him the patsy. It would be unfair to reveal any of the surprises White detonates down the road with all the craft and patience of a suicide bomber. In a masterful stroke, he evenmanages to wring additional shock and suspense out of McClelland's surrender to the authorities. Not even an anticlimactic ending can wreck Alan's 15th, and finest, case.