The Last Lie

The Last Lie

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by Stephen White
     
 

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Thankfully Alan and Lauren Gregory aren't on the guest list when their affluent new neighbors hold a housewarming party-because the next morning, a rape accusation rocks the town of Boulder. And though Alan discovers he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the party-he may not be able to stop crucial witnesses-and people close to him-from

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Thankfully Alan and Lauren Gregory aren't on the guest list when their affluent new neighbors hold a housewarming party-because the next morning, a rape accusation rocks the town of Boulder. And though Alan discovers he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the party-he may not be able to stop crucial witnesses-and people close to him-from being murdered...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In White's winning 18th Alan Gregory thriller (after The Siege), the Boulder, Colo., psychologist gets off on the wrong foot with his new neighbor, TV-star lawyer Mattin Snow, by walking his dogs on Snow's property. In the wake of Snow's housewarming party, to which Alan wasn't invited, an unnamed female guest claims Snow raped her. Before the case can hit the press, the lawyers for both Snow and the victim close ranks and begin to work out a private financial settlement with the victim agreeing not to testify (a parallel to the real-life Kobe Bryant case a few years back, also in Colorado). Gregory becomes entangled in the case ethically when he learns that the victim is the client of a psychologist-in-training whom he's supervising. Series fans will enjoy catching up with the domestic doings of Alan and his wife, Lauren, who are beginning to patch up their marriage following recent infidelities, and their two children. (Aug.)
Library Journal
In White's (The Siege, Dead Time) latest thriller featuring psychologist Alan Gregory, a housewarming party ends in a suspected rape. The event takes place at the home of Alan's new neighbors, a celebrated lawyer and his socialite wife. This would be cause for some concern at any time, but Alan's interest is piqued by an incident involving him while walking his dogs in the area on the night in question and that another psychologist he supervises may be treating the alleged victim. Alan spends most of the novel trying to piece together what happened and hampered because his wife Lauren and best cop friend, Sam Purdy, have knowledge that they are unable to share with him. Because events are revealed in fragments and there are so many strands that must meld, White must be on top of his game to hold everything together, a challenge that he is able to meet.Verdict The slow reveal of previous incidents is reminiscent of David Ellis's In the Company of Liars, and White keeps the suspense high as always. Not his best work, but still an enjoyable read for thriller fans.—Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., Alta.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451234285
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
Dr. Alan Gregory Series
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
524,071
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, including The Best Revenge and Missing Persons.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Colorado
Date of Birth:
August 20, 1951
Place of Birth:
Long Island, New York
Education:
B.A., UC Berkeley, 1972; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1975; Ph.D., 1979
Website:
http://www.authorstephenwhite.com

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The Last Lie 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Shutting the final page of White's newest installment to the popular Alan Gregory series, "The Last Lie" was akin to saying goodbye to a friend before a long journey. Realistic vibrations surge through the pages with an electric tempo, making it effortless to become acquainted or reacquainted with the Gregory family and other assorted cast members. The situation is not a simple one. A crime has been committed mere feet from Alan Gregory's front door and the sanctity of his family's home and close-knit neighborhood has been violated. It quickly becomes clear that obvious fact-finding routes are shut down as his wife-an assistant district attorney-and his closest friend, detective Sam Purdy refuse to speak. Gregory, feeling as if the integral facts of the case are being spoon fed to him refuses to allow a cover-up when the corpse of a potential witness is discovered. Moving quickly to uncover the truth, Gregory is willing to damage his career or at the very least, his reputation to keep his family safe from a possible murderer and rapist. The search behind this shocking crime moves into overdrive when he realizes that his son has become the target of a madman. With faultless pace, White excels at constructing tension infused situations and multilayered, believable characters in this intricate narrative. Reviewed by Suspense Magazine www.suspensemagazine.com
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Boulder, Colorado, psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory and wife Assistant District Attorney Lauren meet new neighbors renowned attorney Mattin Snow and his wife. Alan and Lauren are worried how their adopted son Jonas will react to the sale of his family home, but he conceals his feelings. Meanwhile the day after a welcome to the neighborhood party, a widow claims she was raped at the Gregory house where she was sleeping off to much wine. Lauren and their friend BPD Detective Sam Purdy and his partner Detective Lucy Davenport investigate. Alan obtains information on the allegation from his peer Hella Zoet who says the victim "The Burning Man Woman" formerly dubbed "The Three Wood Widow" called her to tell her about being acquaintance raped. Soon a witness is dead and Alan fears more will follow. Though there appears to be major conflicts if interest issues (then again there is Justice Scalia argument otherwise); the latest Dr. Gregory case is an intriguing thriller as he and his wife (with the cops) compete with their respective investigations; each side going down a different not quite parallel path. Action-packed, but character driven, fans of the series will enjoy Gregory back in Colorado after a stint in New England (see The Siege). Harriet Klausner
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If you are a fan of this series, you gotta read this book!!!
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sbacda09 More than 1 year ago
Love his books!
kly411 More than 1 year ago
I've read a number of Stephen White books prior to this one and have always enjoyed them, until now. This read was like homework to me...not thrilled about it but it had to be done. To be fair, I can't quite articulate why I had such a hard time with this one. It may well just be me.
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