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Line of Fire

Line of Fire

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When authorities reopen their investigation into the suicide of a woman named J. Winter Brown, Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory and his equally culpable friend Sam Purdy inadvertently disclose details of their involvement in her death. Now, the trail that leads back to Alan and Sam, once cold, has turned white-hot.

With his vulnerability mounting daily, Alan

Overview

When authorities reopen their investigation into the suicide of a woman named J. Winter Brown, Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory and his equally culpable friend Sam Purdy inadvertently disclose details of their involvement in her death. Now, the trail that leads back to Alan and Sam, once cold, has turned white-hot.

With his vulnerability mounting daily, Alan begins to fear that a mesmerizing new patient may be the catalyst that can cause everything he treasures—his marriage, family, friendship, and future—to implode. As the authorities close in, the story hurtles toward a conclusion that will set the stage for the most unexpected of outcomes: the final act of the Alan Gregory saga.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Several old cases preoccupy Alan Gregory in bestseller White’s fine 19th thriller starring the Boulder, Colo., psychologist (after 2010’s The Last Lie). On the personal side, Gregory’s longtime professional partner, Diane, whose emotional condition has been shaky for several years, faces a new crisis in her disintegrating marriage. Gregory is also trying to keep the lid on an old crime—the murder of a psychotic woman in a neighboring town—for which he and his friend, Det. Sam Purdy, were partially complicit. And, as always, a new patient, Amanda Bobbie, is clouding the picture with a cryptic backstory that leads to a stunning cliffhanger involving Gregory’s wife, Lauren. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time in the company of the always hospitable Gregory. In an author’s note, White explains why he’s bringing the series to an end with the 20th installment. There’s one patient left in the waiting room, however. Let’s hope it’s a long session. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
“A Stephen White thriller at its best—a juicy and very complicated crime with characters drawn close to the heart.”—The Denver Post

Line of Fire grips readers from the first few pages and doesn’t let go until the last page is turned.”—Southern Colorado Literature Examiner

“Compelling…set against the beautiful Colorado landscape amid raging wildfires.”—The Associated Press

“Action-packed…With a great cliffhanger.”—Midwest Book Review

Library Journal
Settling back into his clinical psychology practice, Alan Gregory is alerted to the reopened investigation into the presumed suicide of a woman named J. Winter Brown. He and buddy Sam Purdy accidentally reveal details about their involvement in her death to a manic drug dealer, and soon they are in the investigators' crosshairs. White wraps up a best-selling series, but not quite yet; this is the first of a two-parter.
Kirkus Reviews
As a series of wildfires swoop ever closer to his Boulder office, psychotherapist Alan Gregory's life threatens to go up in metaphorical flames even before their arrival. As part of his deep-laid plan of revenge against Alan and his friend, Detective Sam Purdy, Alan's incarcerated ex-patient Michael McClelland sicced Currie Brown on the oh-so-susceptible Sam. When he realized that Currie planned to kill his own family and Alan's, Sam reacted in the way every cop dreams of: by staging a fake suicide that would neutralize Currie's threat for keeps and telling Alan what he'd done. One night the two conspirators, meeting over a comatose accident victim at Community Hospital, review their actions and assure themselves that they're safe. But that very conversation puts them back in the hot seat when the accident victim, threatened by a variety of police charges himself, makes a complete recovery, checks out of the hospital, comes after Alan with what he's learned, and vows to bring down Sam in order to keep himself out of jail. Meantime, Alan's begun to treat Amanda Bobbie, who insists she wants his advice about a friend who's about to go broke, then reveals that she's a paid-companion-with-benefits to said friend, who begins to sound an awful lot like somebody Alan knows. The two plot lines take quite a while to get established, but once they do, the pressure on Alan mounts relentlessly until a stunning coincidence sends the unrelated two stories crashing together. White (Dead Time, 2008, etc.) makes it clear that Alan's 19th appearance is his penultimate case; the next case will be his swan song. Judging from the risks he takes this time, fans won't want to miss the sequel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469297446
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Series:
Alan Gregory Series, #19
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher
"Line of Fire grips readers from the first few pages and doesn't let go until the last page is turned."
Southern Colorado Literature Examiner

Meet the Author

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and a New York Times bestselling author. He lives in Colorado.

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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