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Psychologist Alan Gregory has great style and enjoys a thriving Rocky Mountain practice until his life begins to unravel. It happens this way: One of his patients apparently commits suicide and the local paper accuses Gregory of an improper sexual relationship with his former client.

Gregory no sooner tackles these charges than more of his patients die in ways that seem related. Gregory suspects the killer may be yet another of his patients. Working alone, he follows the tracks ...

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Psychologist Alan Gregory has great style and enjoys a thriving Rocky Mountain practice until his life begins to unravel. It happens this way: One of his patients apparently commits suicide and the local paper accuses Gregory of an improper sexual relationship with his former client.

Gregory no sooner tackles these charges than more of his patients die in ways that seem related. Gregory suspects the killer may be yet another of his patients. Working alone, he follows the tracks of a cunning and disturbed killer.

"I'd call Stephen White a dazzling new talent." --Tony Hillerman

Successful psychologist Alan Gregory has a bright future--until one of his patients is found dead. Her diary decribes her sexual obsession with Alan--and his willing involvement. Desperate to clear his name, Alan begins the painful search for the truth--a truth that may kill him as well. Reissue.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The manipulations of a psychotic killer test the limits of the therapeutic relationship in this suspenseful first novel by a clinical psychologist, which was a BOMC selection in cloth. Nov.
Library Journal
Psychologist Alan Gregory's troubles begin with the surprising suicide of a woman successfully completing psychotherapy. The situation rapidly deteriorates as the woman's father sues Gregory, alleging that sexual misconduct led to his daughter's death; the State Board begins an investigation; Gregory's patients start to fall away; and then a second woman patient dies in an accident and a third is murdered. The press pillories him and the police call him Dr. Death. Gregory suspects that another patient of his is the missing link but doctor-patient confidentiality prevents his doing anything about it, until it becomes obvious that his new lady love is the next target. The drama is played out against the backdrop of trendy, athletic Boulder, Colorado, where the author is a practicing clinical psychologist. A suspenseful depiction of a modern dilemma, this first novel is recommended. BOMC and Mysterious Book Club selections.-- Patricia Y. Morton, State Lib . of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
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YA-- A psychological thriller that poses an ethical dilemma. According to police reports, one of psychologist Alan Gregory's patients has committed suicide. A few weeks later the local paper prints information from an anonymous source alleging that sexual misconduct occurred in the deceased's therapy sessions. Gregory's patients cancel appointments, unexplained terrorism randomly occurs, and two more of his female patients die--one in a car accident and another from strangulation. Because of ``privileged information,'' Gregory feels he cannot divulge information about these women, and thus clear his reputation. He begins his own quest to unravel the mystery that is destroying him. It doesn't take long to zero in on the probable suspect. The real question is how these deaths and acts of terror are related and why Gregory is the target. --Margie Jones, Herndon Int., Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786013562
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/1901
  • Series: Dr. Alan Gregory Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including Kill Me and Dry Ice. He lives in Colorado.

Biography

Anyone who has ever tried his or her hand at writing has surely heard the sage advice "write what you know." Stephen White has most-assuredly taken that bit of wisdom to heart in creating his thrilling series of Alan Gregory novels. A clinical psychologist, White has crafted a character with a similar background that has also benefited from his fifteen years of professional practice.

White has been keeping fans of psychological thrillers on the edges of their seats ever since he published his first novel Privileged Information in 1991. The book introduced his literary alter ego Dr. Alan Gregory and made ample use of everything he'd gleaned while working as a practicing psychologist. "There are two benefits of my previous experience as a psychologist that I consider invaluable to my life as a writer," White revealed in an interview on his web site (www.authorstephenwhite.com). "The first is that my work gave me a chance to observe and study the infinite varieties of motivation that human beings have for their behavior. The other is that being a psychotherapist exposed me to dialogue in its purest form. For eight to ten hours a day over a period of fifteen years I had the privilege of sitting and listening to a wide variety of people just talk. I can't imagine a better training ground for writing dialogue."

As for how similar he truly is to his most-famous creation beyond their shared profession, White says, "The similarities don't exactly end there but there's no need to exaggerate them, either. Although neither of us is a model of mental health, his neuroses are different than mine. And he has advantages that I never had as a psychotherapist. First, he has the benefit of all my years of experience. And second, I get to think about his lines as long as I'd like. Real patients never offer that luxury." The resulting debut novel won rave reviews from the likes of The New York Daily News, Publisher's Weekly, and The Library Journal and established White as a writer to watch.

White followed Privileged Information with over a dozen additional installments of the Alan Gregory adventures. The latest may very well be the most exciting and psychologically provocative episode yet. In Kill Me, a happily-married extreme sports enthusiast and patient of Gregory's makes a deal with a clandestine organization called Death Angels Inc. that may very well bring his life to an untimely end. As always, Dr. Alan Gregory is present, but he plays more of a background role than he does in most of White's other novels. Still, fans of White's previous work will surely be captivated by the novel that Booklist has deemed "Bizarre, thrilling, and oh so much fun" and fellow bestselling writer Michael Connelly (Blood Work, The Closers) asserts is "his best yet."

In any event, White has no immediate plans of abandoning Gregory to write a non-series novel. "My series is commercially successful, thanks to all of you," he says. "As important for me as the commercial success is, the fact [is] that the series is also creatively flexible.... [I] anticipate staying with the series as long as the readers are interested..." If that's the case, then readers can expect the Dr. Alan Gregory to have a long and psychologically healthy life.

Good To Know

Contrary to the rumor mill, the Stephen White who created Alan Gregory is not the same Stephen White who has written a series of books about...ahem ... Barney the Purple Dinosaur. However, White admits that he has occasionally signed the other Stephen White's Barney books when asked to.

For those who are wondering what ever happened to the seemingly long-lost book Saints and Sinners, which was excerpted in Private Practices, you may have already read it without even realizing. Shortly before publication, the title Saints and Sinners was changed to Higher Authority. Some interesting outtakes from our interview with White:

"Jonathan Kellerman and I were colleagues in the early 1980's before either of us were novelists. At a time when our nascent field was very small, we were both psychologists specializing in the psychological aspects of childhood cancer. Jon was at Los Angeles Childrens Hospital. I was at The Children's Hospital in Denver."

"My brother is a better writer than I am."

"One of my first jobs was as a tour guide at Universal Studios. I lasted five weeks. That's two weeks longer than I lasted as a creative writing major during my freshman year at the University of California."

"I worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1971-72, running the upstairs café, waiting tables, and occasionally doing some cooking. Two of my bosses were Alice Waters and Jeremiah Tower. They both cook better than I write. Jeremiah actually writes better than I cook."

"I learned to fly an airplane before I learned to drive a car".

"I'm a lucky man. I've spent much of my adult life in two terrific, rewarding careers. In the first, as a clinical psychologist, I spent eight to twelve hours a day in a room with one other person. In the second, as a writer, I spend a similar number of hours a day in a room with no other person, though sometimes I'm blessed with the company of a dog or two."

"A primary difference between the two experiences? As a psychotherapist, only one other person -- my patient -- typically observed my work. Virtually no one ever critiqued it. As a novelist, literally millions of people observe my work, and most feel no compunction whatsoever about critiquing it. Being a writer is a lovely thing. But adapting to the reality of being read has been a constant source of wonder for me."

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    1. Hometown:
      Colorado
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., UC Berkeley, 1972; M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1975; Ph.D., 1979
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2002

    Such Suspense

    This book was wonderful! It kept you thinking 'who did it?'. Stephen White is an excellent writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2000

    Leave Your Night Clear...You Cna't Put it Down!!!

    I recently started reading novels. I was never able to find an author I really loved, until now. I read Manner of Death and Harm's Way and now this one. This was one of the best books I ever read. I read it for 3 days straight. When I reached the last 30 pages my vision started to blur...but I KEPT READING!!! I loved it. I strongly recommend reading this book by White before any of his others because it gives you some background info on Alan Gregory and the other main characters. If you read nothing else this summer make it this book.

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