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As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students-including the sons of both the secretary of the army and newest Supreme Court justice-may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA
and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team. Attention quickly focuses on the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam ...
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Overview

As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students-including the sons of both the secretary of the army and newest Supreme Court justice-may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA
and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team. Attention quickly focuses on the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself in New Haven, where he is quickly snared by an unlikely pair of Feds: FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake.
Sam, Poe, and Dee join together, desperately trying to solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus. The clock is pounding in their ears. The unknown enemy is playing by no known rules...is making no demands...is refusing to communicate with the hostage negotiator...is somehow anticipating every FBI move...is completely unconcerned about getting away...
And...is sending students, one by one, out of the building's front door to die.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The Yale campus becomes the site of an increasingly tense siege in this stunning novel from bestseller White (Dead Time). After unidentified attackers quietly take over a building belonging to one of Yale's secret societies, they transform it into a virtual fortress holding an unknown number of students hostage. As officials become aware of what has happened, the response escalates in predictable fashion, but these hostage takers are completely unpredictable. They make no demands, agree to no negotiations and execute or release hostages as they choose. Suspended Boulder, Colo., policeman Sam Purdy eventually teams with maverick FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA terror expert Deirdre Drake in an effort outside official channels to figure out what's going on. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this intellectually challenging and provocative thriller brings home the lesson that 9/11 might have been a mere prelude to more sophisticated assaults. (Aug.)

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Library Journal
It takes White fewer than ten pages to completely draw the reader into this tautly written suspense thriller, perhaps his best to date. He introduces suspended Colorado police detective Sam Purdy, a friend of Alan Gregory (from the best-selling series that includes Dead Time). The action centers on a building at Yale where students held hostage by unknown individuals are being released at intervals, some relatively unharmed and others killed in horrible ways. Along with Purdy, those trying to figure out who is responsible include a federal agent still dealing with the effects of the Oklahoma City bombing and so many police that it's a challenge to keep them in order. There isn't a great deal of shoot-'em-up action, with White choosing instead to string the reader along in trying to unravel the puzzle he creates. The characters are well developed and suffer from frailties that readers don't always get from their heroes. After such a suspenseful ride, White thankfully doesn't wrap things up too neatly. VERDICT This is an outstanding book that should prove popular and may increase demand for White's previous titles. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/09; previewed under the title The Man in the Tomb.]—Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., A.B.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441802880
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Dr. Alan Gregory Series
  • Format: Other
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.30 (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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    white's best

    I have read all of Stephen White's books and, like the Harry Potter series, they have gotten more complex as he has gone on. "The Siege" is set primarly in New Haven, CT, a city I am pretty familiar with. White's research is extensive and precise. Nothing is left to guess work. The tension is palpable and most of the questions are answered. The loose ends are the loose ends that Sam Purdy doesn't know the answers to. Speaking of Sam, being a native of Minnesota I find him an excellent lead character. In other books, he has been a secondary character to Alan Gregory, but not this time and I liked Sam.

    I passed the book along to my mother-in-law who loves thrillers and who lived in New Haven for 35 years. I am certain it will stand up to her scrutiny. This is a terrific read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    A great read indeed

    My wife and I have read every Stephen White book. We love his stories. This book takes a solo look at one particular character who has appeared in most of White's books about a Boulder psychiatrist. His recent books have been focusing on characters other than the usual star. What we liked about this book was it is full of suspense, a possible crime of terrorism but continuing doubt about what might be happening. In the end, your left saying, this could happen. A real event could trigger this kind of well plotted crime. Ending this book was a downer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    The Siege

    "The Siege" by Stephen White had me on edge from the beginning of the book. I just couldn't put the book down from the moment the first student is killed until the siege ends. Seeing how the various law enforcement agents get involved and work with each other to figure who and what is going on in the fortress like building on the campus of Yale. Certainly did not expect the unusual ending. I just got into reading White's books and have to say this was certainly a good one to get immersed in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2009

    Not what a devoted White follower would expect.

    Was well done, even though it was moved from the typical Boulder location. Masterly woven together, with twists and turns continuing to pop up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Keeps you wanting to read more

    Took a little time to get into what was happening with the characters, but once into the book, had to keep reading to the end. Very thrilling and surprising ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Disappointed

    I missed the usual characters appearing with Alan in colorado. I waited anxiously for this book to be published,and am dusappointed at not seeing whst is happening to Alan after the mess he was left in at close of last book. The book was well written as usual, but the getting to know the characters was misding. I found it difficult to get into the plot of the boom if there was one before the last few chapters.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    Good but I am not sure it was good enough to have me read other

    Good but I am not sure it was good enough to have me read other books that he has written.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

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    Great Storyline and Thrilling Read

    This was a great storyline and a first time read of the author which took me to places I did not expect. A tightly interwoven story surrounding the hostage taking in New Haven, CT. The underlying plot was rich and I really liked the way the author brought the multiple story lines together in a compelling and taut mystery format. The use of the main characters backgrounds and how they eventually intersect was well done. Great characters, plot and story telling...what more could you ask for.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    This author tries to use as many words as he can to describe a s

    This author tries to use as many words as he can to describe a simple item. I was very disappointed with this book. I keep wanting the story to unfold and did not need all the descriptions of the campus at Yale University. I am being charitable with 3 stars!

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Tense Thriller

    Someone fiendishly clever, who has planned for every contingency, and who has an unknown agenda, is holding Yale students hostage inside the "tomb" of one of the school's secret societies. They are being slowly released, some to die instantly, others to walk free. The ones who survive aren't talking. Law enforcement agencies, hostage rescue teams, SWAT teams - all are frustrated, baffled, and helpless. On the job, unofficially, are a CIA agent, an FBI agent, and a Colorado police officer on suspension. One of them has some inside information unknown to the agencies currently trying to negotiate. An ongoing and conflicted love story between the other two adds interest. Together, the trio painstakingly begins figuring out what's going on. I am giving this a qualified five stars because I found the ending a bit anti-climactic and confusing. Nonetheless, once started, this book is a great ride.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

    TERRIBLE BOOK

    I MAKE IT A POINT TO NEVER START A BOOK AND NOT FINISH IT,THIS MAY BE THE EXCEPTION.IT IS VERY HARD TO FOLLOW,THE CHARACTERS APPEAR IN THE STORYLINE WITH NO EXPLANATION FOR THEIR ROLE.I AM SURE IT WILL ALL TIE IN AT THE END IF I CAN LAST THAT LONG.I HAVE BEEN READING IT FOR A MONTH,VERY BORING READING.I LIKED HIS EARLY STUFF BETTER BUT THE LAST FEW BOOKS HAVE BEEN A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    A bit disappointing

    I love Stephen White, I've read every one of his novels, but every once in a while he puts out a book that's a little too unbelievable - like this one. If you are a fan of Alan Gregory wait for the next book. If you like Sam Purdy enough to read a book where he is the main character, prepare to be a little disappointed. If you've never read Stephen White before, start with The Seige, then go back and read the whole series up to this point, you'll be less disappointed that way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

    Horrible-----and I love Stephen White

    Stephen, I've read every one of your books. You are one of my favorite authors. This book was just horrible. The subject matter is like giving some sicko ideas. Please go back to Dr. Gregory and the Denver adventures.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    A class act yarn!

    Stephen White never fails to write a "can't put down" thriller. As always a good and original read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    Siege Mentality

    Someone(s) has taken hostage many collage students, some the sons and daughters of high profile parents, and barricaded them all in the house of a secret society on the campus of an Ivey League collage. As some of the hostages are released, some to go free and others to be brutally murdered, it takes a suspended police officer, a mentally challenged FBI agent and a CIA operative to unravel what is going on and what the captors really want. The Government and our trio of misfits do not always see eye to eye and the reader must wait until the end to have the real meaning of this situation be revealed. The plot and tension mounts to the very end and the out come can go many ways.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Telling the story from Sam's perspective is an interesting twist.

    Having read all of Stephen White's novels, I was excited to experience yet another character-driven psychological thriller, and The Siege did not disappoint. Although I missed the interaction between Sam and his psychologist friend, Alan Gregory, the author quickly engaged me in the newest events in Sam Purdy's life. Along with a fast-paced murder mystery, Stephen White again offers up ethical dilemmas and character motivations that entice and entertain. The setting on an Ivy League campus and the unfolding of a chilling plot allows the reader to experience the drama at both global and personal levels. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to White's next one!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Friend becomes major character

    I see Mr. White has expanded his thinking in that he made his friend the major character of this book. I think that was wise; it made a different viewpoint all together. I enjoyed the book and my son is reading it now. You are our favorite author: we read Ludlum's old ones, Lescroat, Tannebaum, Glass, etc.
    Keep up the wonderful writing!!
    Judy

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    White continues the quality of this series.

    So many writers I have loved and followed become lackluster, and fall into the "grind out another book" syndrome after enjoying a level of success of a few bestsellers. Not Stephen White. He continues to breathe new life into his characters and storylines with each new installment of this series. The relationships that form and florish, the depth of Boulder that comes to life through his eyes, the inner feelings of Sam Purdy, Alan Gregory and others make Stephen White exceptionally readable. Last year, I started with the first book of this series and am now current with Mr. White and The Siege. If you haven't read them all, do yourself a favor and enjoy this talented, intelligent writer.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    Sort of Thrilling

    For starters, I enjoyed this book. It's not your traditional "seige" thriller but shows lots of imagination and takes advantage of many characters for different points of view. You are always left wondering what is going to happen, why, how and who.
    There is some clunkiness to the tale. Using different character's points of view means we switch often, thus interrupting the narrative to go back and start fresh from their perspective. That takes some getting used to, but doesn't ultimately hurt the "thrill" part. What might slow some down is writing like this:
    "During any period of heightened volcanic activity, magma rising...heat the groundwater...tremendous stress at the ridgeline...immense tidal push...Krakatoa?" etc. etc. etc.! But maybe it's a good point after all. The magma in this story did keep rising!

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Disappointment Kills!

    Disappointment seems a mild word but can inspire terrible deeds! A number of high profile students at Yale University have been kidnapped and are being held hostage. One by one, the exit a fortress-like building on the Yale University campus and no one knows whether each one will live or die. Very little, in fact, is known about who is directing this horrific scenario unfolding which has even the best criminal officers and investigators stymied. What becomes quickly clear is that this monster killer doesn't want money or any other such expected commodity that can be bargained for the lives of a group of America's most promising students.

    Sam Purdy, a suspended Boulder City, Colorado police detective; Deirdre Drake, a CIA analyst; Christopher Poe, an FBI counter-terrorism agent; and Christine Carmody, a New Haven Police negotiator spend hours trying to figure out the siege increasing in intensity because no one can predict who will live and who will die. Their questions and speculations parallel that of the other multiple law enforcement officials swarming outside the building holding the Yale secret society initiates and members.

    It's a wild, tension-packed account that never wanes right up to the very last page. It also turns out that a similar event has scarred Agent Poe in a way that frequently comes close to totally debilitating him - posttraumatic syndrome at its most powerful and horrendous level. Each parent of the hostage students has something to bargain with as the stakes begin to become obvious. Will they be strong enough to stay quiet and submit to the demands of the terrorist or contact officials and thereby lose everything?

    The Siege is a tautly written, well-researched and realistic novel of a reality that could possibly be the next face of the evolving War of Terror on a local and/or global scale. One wants to pull away from this nightmarish scenario but is compelled to keep reading, having vicariously become part of the lives of these credible and amazing characters!

    Superbly done, Stephen White!

    Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 29, 2009

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