Compound Fractures

Compound Fractures

by Stephen White


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ISBN-13: 9780525952602
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Alan Gregory Series , #20
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and the New York Times bestselling author of the Alan Gregory novels. He lives in Colorado.



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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“One of White’s smartest novels....Don’t miss this last mile of a deeply satisfying ride.”—

“Underscores what a superb writer White is. He’s not just good at plotting, the crux of a fine mystery, but he infuses the story with pathos and sorrow as well as humor.”—The Denver Post

“Engrossing...[a] shocking finale.”—Publishers Weekly

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Compound Fractures 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of the books in this series and have waited with anticipation as each one came out. This last book was a real big disappointment. After full engagement with all these human/flawed/wonderful characters for years, by the end I did not like any of them.  I had read the author's statement on his website about why he was winding down the series. Honestly, it felt like his emotions around the publishing landscape were being put on the reader. The book felt angry and thrown together and completely out of the realm of believable. After years of deep character development,  I could not wait to say good-by to them all.  It reminded me of a tv series that kills everyone off when their contracts are up. I expected much more from this talented author.
BeckySueBB More than 1 year ago
Anything by Stephen White is pure genius and a masterpiece. If you are a fan of the Dr. Alan Gregory series, you will be sad, spellbound, breathless and biting-your-nails anxious in Compound Fractures. You'll laugh, too. No one can develop their characters like Stephen White does while at the same time spinning a plot with sharp, genius wit. Hurry up, Stephen - we're waiting for your next little bundle of joy no matter what subject you choose. You are one of my "pick-up authors." I don't have to see reviews or even read the back cover - I just grab it and go check out if it's one of yours!
Dinia More than 1 year ago
While this book is supposed to be the end of what has been up to this point a really interesting series. so much of it was totally disappointing. The lack of trust between Alex and Sam was extremely annoying and without any real justification. So many events made no sense such as how Sam was furious when Alex went to his home, but it was no big deal when Sam did the same. The uncovered adultery was a stretch pulled out of thin air and Elliot's reason for betrayal was so contrived. While parts of this novel were actually quite good (the mystery of the missing guns), as a whole the novel was completely unsatisfying. This seemed little better than a rough draft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to get thru, he has written better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen White does an excellent job of keeping you in suspense and applying his psychological knowledge to the narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have loved these characters through the series and am sorry to see the series end. That being said, I was satisfied with the ending and think Stephen White did his characters justice. This book will keep you interested, but would be better if you read the previous book first. Another great read from Stephen White! Hope the next series starts soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an Alan Gregory book it was good; i am however completely disappointed if in fact this is the end of Alan Gregory. There was a huge storyline presented in the last book that Mr White didn't even come close to addressing in its entirety in this book. For such an amazing 19 book series, I am utterly disappointed in the finale. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story as usual but did not complete the series at all. For the last book in a long series it left you hanging waiting for the next book to complete the story. A lot of detail with characters and story line left with no closure. You are left wanting more and an unfinished feeling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good read. However, as the ending of Alan Gregory's journey, it left me hanging. This might be OK were there another book coming in the series, but as a conclusion to Alan Gregory's story, I found it disappointing and unsatisfying.
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Enjoyed the book very much. Just so sad that the Alan Gregory series end. I think there is more to be explored with all of the characters.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
After starting this book I realized that it was the 20Th and final book in the long running Alan Gregory Series, This is the first book that I have read in the series and it gave you a lot of background on the past books so I had a hard time following the story line. The Characters in this book are very interesting and the plot of this book was great, This is definitely not a stand alone book,so if you are new to the series be sure to start with the first book. I am giving this book 4 stars because I enjoyed Stephen White's style of writing.
Muumuu More than 1 year ago
Stephen White is one of my favorite authors. When he began the Alan Gregory series, I was hooked. I read every one of them and waited brethlessly for the next one to come out. He never let me down...until the last two stories... I was initially appalled when I read 'Line of Fire'. Then when 'Compound Fractures' came out, it put everything in perspective and calmed my anger at the author for his audacity in thinking he could just write a story and everyone would love it. I think he was right in this case, because he tied every little bit up in a neat package. Thank you, Stephen White, for a great conglomeration of stories! I love you!
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SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
A great read. You should read Line of Fire first, as it continues from that ending. Dr. Alan Gregory goes through a lot of personal angst and a LOT of legal and other dangers. Suspenseful and interesting. Very sorry it is the last book about Alan.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
“What’s going on between us is about not being trusted…Do you ever think about morality? What we did?  How are we different from…They killed. We killed.” This is the essence of this mystery with enough convoluted twists and turns to confuse the most astute reader who can normally figure out the “who dunnit” twist in any novel of this genre.  Trust is the major issue dramatically affecting every single character in this story! The story begins with Dr. Alan Gregory speaking with his therapist, Lila.  His issue of the moment is that he has to guarantee that no one will have access to her notes or comments on the therapy session before he can tell her what he needs to divulge.  But one can’t be too careful and there really aren’t any safeguards against professional lock pickers, as one will realize much later. Two clearly known facts are that Alan’s wife, Lauren, was mortally wounded by a gunshot and lingered until her death a few weeks later.  Alan is devastated by her death but he is about to become more than devastated as the puzzle progresses and he learns more about the wife he thought he knew so well.  The second fact concerns a death on the Prado, a street in a Colorado town near Boulder; the victim appears to be a suicide.  Except how does the used gun wind up hanging up a chimney on a chain?  And why did Alan visit the scene of that death that all the wrong people know about? Alan’s good friend, Sam, becomes rather evasive as it becomes clear that the Assistant DA of Boulder and some other women know fragments about that Prado death and Lauren’s death.  It’s not clear whether Elliott (ADA) is putting evidence together to pin Alan or Sam with a murder rap but it is very clear that the chemistry between Alan and Elliott is about as bad as it could get and the trust level between Alan and Sam is decreasing by the minute. To say more would definitely spoil this riveting, puzzling criminal mystery tale that never gets dull, never stops confusing the reader and yet carefully and intelligently winds up connecting the dots in the riddles that keep appearing just when one thinks one is beginning to get a handle on it all.  To add to the thrill the final aspect involves someone intimately associated with 9/11.  While this is a stand-alone story, there are previous novels that concern Dr. Alan Gregory which readers may want to enjoy as well.  Compound Fractures is superb thriller or mystery fiction! 
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