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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.

After her father, the Surgeon General of the United States, is assassinated, Emma Spire moves to Colorado to look ...

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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.

After her father, the Surgeon General of the United States, is assassinated, Emma Spire moves to Colorado to look for a quieter life. But the publicity surrounding the assassination has made Emma the target of someone whose obsession with her goes far beyond tabloid headlines. 352 pp. Author tour. National print ads. National radio publicity.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451191694
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Alan Gregory Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 584,112
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.17 (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.


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 ( "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:
    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 June 21, 2013

    Delivering a last minute twist....

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Chapter 12: The Pain of Knowing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013


    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Good Book

    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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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    Typical good mystery from Stephen White.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Bungling Madhouse

    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

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