The Last Lie

The Last Lie

by Stephen White

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Thankfully Alan and Lauren Gregory aren't on the guest list when their affluent new neighbors hold a housewarming party-because the next morning, a rape accusation rocks the town of Boulder. And though Alan discovers he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the party-he may not be able to stop crucial witnesses-and people close to him-from being murdered...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451234285
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Dr. Alan Gregory Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 314,037
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(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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The Last Lie 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Shutting the final page of White's newest installment to the popular Alan Gregory series, "The Last Lie" was akin to saying goodbye to a friend before a long journey. Realistic vibrations surge through the pages with an electric tempo, making it effortless to become acquainted or reacquainted with the Gregory family and other assorted cast members. The situation is not a simple one. A crime has been committed mere feet from Alan Gregory's front door and the sanctity of his family's home and close-knit neighborhood has been violated. It quickly becomes clear that obvious fact-finding routes are shut down as his wife-an assistant district attorney-and his closest friend, detective Sam Purdy refuse to speak. Gregory, feeling as if the integral facts of the case are being spoon fed to him refuses to allow a cover-up when the corpse of a potential witness is discovered. Moving quickly to uncover the truth, Gregory is willing to damage his career or at the very least, his reputation to keep his family safe from a possible murderer and rapist. The search behind this shocking crime moves into overdrive when he realizes that his son has become the target of a madman. With faultless pace, White excels at constructing tension infused situations and multilayered, believable characters in this intricate narrative. Reviewed by Suspense Magazine
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Boulder, Colorado, psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory and wife Assistant District Attorney Lauren meet new neighbors renowned attorney Mattin Snow and his wife. Alan and Lauren are worried how their adopted son Jonas will react to the sale of his family home, but he conceals his feelings. Meanwhile the day after a welcome to the neighborhood party, a widow claims she was raped at the Gregory house where she was sleeping off to much wine. Lauren and their friend BPD Detective Sam Purdy and his partner Detective Lucy Davenport investigate. Alan obtains information on the allegation from his peer Hella Zoet who says the victim "The Burning Man Woman" formerly dubbed "The Three Wood Widow" called her to tell her about being acquaintance raped. Soon a witness is dead and Alan fears more will follow. Though there appears to be major conflicts if interest issues (then again there is Justice Scalia argument otherwise); the latest Dr. Gregory case is an intriguing thriller as he and his wife (with the cops) compete with their respective investigations; each side going down a different not quite parallel path. Action-packed, but character driven, fans of the series will enjoy Gregory back in Colorado after a stint in New England (see The Siege). Harriet Klausner
ellenr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new neighbor brings unsettling problems to Dr. Alan Gregory's situation involving a patient of another therapist. No one is talking about a crime, his adopted son is not coping well, and his marriage needs to be repaired.
acook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this book and rank it among my favorites of White's Alan Gregory series. I think the reviews have bee so-so, but don't let that stop you from reading it. The viewpoint it expresses on celebrity legal cases will give you much food for thought, and it is expounded in an entertaining fashion, while advancing the stories of the lives of the characters in this series. Also an interesting sub-plot about dogs off-leash.
suefernandez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying I love Stephen White and this series, but honestly, the character's wife BUGS me to death....I get so sick of her MS,which is horrible to say, but she just gets on my nerves. Ok...that being said..I like the plots, the characters and I like that he's suspenseful, without being violent. He has a few twists in this one that I caught only right at the end. Good job as usual
BrianEWilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long novel (approx imately 400 pages) in the Alan Gregory series with an original and suspenseful story. It's long-winded at times which means it could have been about a 100 pages shorter. Despite that its a good addition to the series.
Nebraska_Girl1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will admit - I struggled with this book. Not only was there not the action that I have become to enjoy in Stephen White's books, but I struggled with the contexts of the book. I work in the courts in Colorado no less, and I do believe with the system. I know there are flaws, believe me, but I still have to believe in the judicial system as a whole (and not be a cynic like Sam)
Pam1960ca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT read. Loved every minute of it. Can hardly wait for the next book Stephen.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I live a half an hour from Boulder which is probably, in part, why I love this series: it's just fun to read about where you live. At times I wondered about all the detail put in about Boulder and if to someone living 100's of miles away if it was over the top. But enough about Boulder, I love the Alan Gregory series and this book continues to feed that affection. With major players, positioned in all the right areas: legal, law enforcement, and Dr. Gregory, the area pscyhologist, that holds everyones secrets - this book, like the ones before it, spin a fantastically entertaining thriller. I highly recommend this series - you can jump in anywhere, but to really follow the characters and backstories it's best to start at the beginining. You won't be disappointed.
claude_lambert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How much we like a book depends much on our expectations: if you wanted a lot of action and a mystery hard to solve, this is a one star book. If you can take a meditation on good and evil, the justice system and the beauty of Boulder, this is a good book. I did like the contrast between the psychiatrist, Alan, presenting himself as the good guy, and the bad world outside. Alan has a new neighbor who is accused of being a rapist. He tries to know more about the case and ultimately, to find some justice. He has a wife who betrayed him; she has MS and he shows her love and consideration. He adopted the son of his neighbors. It is a real relief for the reader to find a good guy in a book. Nowadays, it is only too common to deal with a hero almost as bad as the worst guys. It is why I give it 4 stars: for the relief. When you think about the book later, Alan is not such a good guy. He manipulates a patient to get information (it is necessary for the story, but it is unprofessional and unpleasant), he does not try to understand his wife, and he does not help his patient. On top of this, the author does not understand the American justice system. Our justice system has been built up by merchants: it is about being practical and making deals, even if there was no lawyer involved. It is the reason why sometimes a little crook is more punished than a wild criminal. But in countries like France, where dealing is much less common, I am not sure that justice is much better served: the system is just more clear.
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The best!
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If you are a fan of this series, you gotta read this book!!!
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sbacda09 More than 1 year ago
Love his books!
kly411 More than 1 year ago
I've read a number of Stephen White books prior to this one and have always enjoyed them, until now. This read was like homework to me...not thrilled about it but it had to be done. To be fair, I can't quite articulate why I had such a hard time with this one. It may well just be me.
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