Remote Control

Remote Control

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by Stephen White

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In the midst of his most challenging and dangerous case, clinical psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory's wife-associate district attorney, Lauren Crowder-is arrested on suspicion of murder. Alan's desperate investigation will bring him face-to-face with true evil: a conspiracy fueled by human greed and bound by a deadly secret that someone will kill to keep.


In the midst of his most challenging and dangerous case, clinical psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory's wife-associate district attorney, Lauren Crowder-is arrested on suspicion of murder. Alan's desperate investigation will bring him face-to-face with true evil: a conspiracy fueled by human greed and bound by a deadly secret that someone will kill to keep.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this gripping tale, the fifth tale (after Harm's Way) to feature Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory, White shifts his focus to Gregory's wife, assistant DA Lauren Crowder. Lauren shoots at the figure of man in a blizzard while trying to protect her friend, Emma Spire, who became an unwilling Kennedy-level celebrity when her father, the U.S. surgeon general, was assassinated by anti-abortion radicals. When the police find a man critically wounded by gunshot in the nearby street, Lauren turns herself in. Emma's fears have been triggered by an attempted kidnapping and by the disappearance of a disk made by her boyfriend, computer genius Ethan Han, who has a special interest in virtual reality. On the disk, Ethan has recorded his neurological responses during their lovemaking. In trying to maintain Emma's privacy, Lauren is cryptic with the police, exacerbating their suspicions of her actions-and causing a flare-up of the symptoms accompanying her multiple sclerosis. Throughout, White cuts between Lauren's jailhouse ordeal and events leading to the arrest. Did Lauren do it, or was another shooter nearby? Is Emma's peril connected to her father's murder? Despite the preposterous premise (experienced prosecutor with impaired vision fires a gun in a blinding snowstorm), White keeps the reader hooked as Lauren, Alan and their attorneys try to establish her innocence. The savvy, sassy lawyers, named Casey and Cozy, deserve their own book. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In his fifth Alan Gregory novel (following Harms Way, LJ 2/1/95), White unwinds a tightly constructed thriller involving attempted murder, high technology, and politics. Psychologist and amateur sleuth Gregory here plays a supporting role to his new wife, Deputy D.A. Lauren Crowder, who's charged with shooting a man to protect her law intern, Emma Spire. At the center of the story is Emma, a media darling for her courage years earlier when her surgeon general father was assassinated for his freedom-of-choice views and died in her arms. Desperately trying to protect her privacy, Emma finds herself vulnerable to unimaginable violation after becoming romantically involved with high-tech wizard Ethan Han, and she turns to Lauren and Alan for help. White shows sensitivity in his characterizations, in dealing with Lauren's multiple sclerosis, and in giving a D.A.'s view of what an arrested person endures. He has another top-notch page-turner here.-Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P. L., Va.
Kirkus Reviews
An unexpected role for clinical psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory's wife, Boulder County Deputy D.A. Lauren Crowder: This time she isn't going after bad guys (Higher Authority, 1994), but trying to keep the cops from jailing her for shooting a mysterious stalker.

White starts off with two bangs. First, Emma Spire watches in horror as her Surgeon General father is killed by an indignant right-to-lifer; then, after a leap of two years, Lauren, who's taken Emma under her wing as an intern, fires a shot at a threatening intruder at Emma's place. Weaving back and forth in time, White alternates scenes of Lauren's cop friends rapidly turning on her, duly shocked that she'd lawyer herself up if she has nothing to hide, with flashbacks showing an attempted kidnapping that explains why Emma, already a media darling in the ugliest way possible, is so terrified of strangers. But it's Emma's new lover, computerized-prosthesis wizard Ethan Han, who's hiding the scariest secret of all: a software package that records physical sensations with such uncanny accuracy that when a CD-ROM enshrining his feelings during a marathon lovemaking session with Emma is stolen, she cries to Lauren and Alan: "I am about to become shareware." Did the kidnappers return to rape a virtual Emma? Did Kevin Quirk, the smitten former Secret Service bodyguard Emma begged to help her, turn on her instead? Or did Ethan himself only claim the disk was stolen? Adept as White is at spinning out the criminal possibilities, the real fun here is watching Lauren, secretly afflicted by MS and nearly blinded by optic neuritis, surround herself with a formidable battery of doctors and lawyers that will keep cops and prison at bay while her more mobile allies comb the snowy crime scene for the evidence she prays will clear her.

Nonstop injections of adrenaline make this White's finest hour, even if the main action lasts only a single night. Only the cluttered denouement is a letdown.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Alan Gregory Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Nelson De Mille
Dark and fascinating....Stephen White writes thrillers of the first order.
Jeffery Deaver
A sweaty palms thriller. Page turning action. Psychological suspense at its best.

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

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would really have appreciated some inkling in the synopsis/marketing blurb that this book deals significantly with rape and sexual assault. I am only part way into the novel,so I do not know if there are any graphic descriptions of sexual assault, but it is repeatedly brought up and its threat constitutes a key part of the plot structure. Just hoping to save readers who might be particularly reactive to this topic some grief.
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Great story around the Boulder, CO area. Author delivers a tense story with a twist at the end. Worth the read.
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I love the characters in this series. They are funny, smart, quirky & self-effacing. Though intelligent & intricate, this book left me a wanting..... something. Not sure what :( Still an enjoyable read though.
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elegant-annie More than 1 year ago
I you like intelligent mysteries, Stephen White is for you. I find the setting of the mysteries, Boulder, Colorado to be very interesting. White has a good sense of humor, and I like the relationships between his characters. He fleshes out his characters so you feel like you know them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is fairly predictable but fun and intertaining. Mr. Hill, the narrator is, as always, fantastic and adds to the story. The charactors are vivid, charming, and all need the help of a good head doctor. It was fun. Kit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched how my sister's optics offlined. "Echo! Echo get up!", l yelled. Optimus and Bumblebee had to hold me back from chasing Starscream and Barricade. Ratchet was panicing. He never paniced. Then l stopped, seeing why. Her memory was torn from her body. Ratchet wouldnt be able to repair that damage. Ratchet got Echo into Optinus' trailer and they sped back. My optics became crushed with sarrow. I drove fast along side them. This morning it was fine. Sideswipe wanted to talk so I had let him. It ended up in a long spar do to what he had asked. When Echo sent that message we all rolled out to help her. Now that i think back on it this would be the first time l feared death. Not death for myself but for Echo. I knew she can pull threw any thing but this was far worse. Her armor damaged beyond repair, the gaping hole in her torso, the burnt and fried wires and what l feared the most, her spark. Barricade had managed to shove his clawed hand into her chamber ripping out wires that her sark depended on. Fear was a constant thing. We were taught that "Fear no one but Fear its self". I now know what true fear is. I remembered that l collapsed near the bearth not even relizing Ratchet working hard. ~Normal POV~ I dont remember where I am. Who am I? Whats going on? So many questions, so little time. I had these...these things strapped to my body. I don't know how they got on but l didn't care. I ripped them off quickly wincing slightly in pain when l forced it out. I heard footsteps and made a run for the door. Escape....Escape my processer screamed at me. I ran somewhere yet no where. I ran into a room hiding quickly and quitely. I looked around in amazement taking in the walls around me. They were beautiful. I sat back and studied the beautifully painted walls. It was Cybertron back when it wasnt filled with war. I listened as l layed on the berth. It sounded like someone was whispering. "Echo.....Echo", it whispered. I dont know if I should be worried but it didnt matter. I fell into a deep statis hearing the soft whispering turn into a leering sound coaxing me into a deeper statis. ~Sideswipes POV~ I found Echo sound asleep in my room. She looked so peace full. I looked around wondering how she even managed to get her. It has been four days sence then and Vengence had been having raging fits when one got close to Echo. She was a sweet, caring gal. I liked her the first day we met. I took a blanket and pulled it up over her. I jumped slightly when her hand grabbed my arm forcing myself to stay at her side. I pulled a chair up with my other hand and sat down. I resolved to watch over her as she slept. Vengence would kill me other wise and l didn't mind at all. Her grip on my arm tighted painfully but I stayed silent. She gave a pained whirl whispering someones name but l couldnt make out who. Then my processer stopped working as l gave a vented jagged breath. She had begged for my help in her statis. I felt a smile form as I slowly leaned down. "Im here", I murmered softly and kissed her forehead before l drifted off to my own much needed statis.