When can a psychologist go to the police about a client without violating the doctor/patient contract? Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory, veteran of nine previous White suspense novels, wrestles with this dilemma in White's latest top-flight thriller. Neurotic Naomi Bigg seeks help when she suspects her high school son, Paul, plans to avenge his sister's rape and his father's murder conviction for killing the rapist, who was let off on a technicality. Paul's best friend, Ramp, an explosives fanatic, lost his mother to a paroled rapist/murderer and has his own list of targets. Alan's erratic sessions with Naomi begin to unnerve him when he picks up hints of a connection to the recent brutal murder of Boulder's DA, his wife Lauren's boss. Even worse, he realizes that Lauren, suffering from MS and just ending maternity leave, assisted in the bungled prosecution of Paul's sister's rapist. And to further complicate things, the prime suspect in the DA murder case is Boulder police detective Lucy Tanner, partner of Alan's best friend, Sam Purdy. When a car bomb kills a judge's wife in Denver, Alan is torn with indecision, but goes to Sam after explosives are found in the dead DA's house. When a bomb goes off at Alan's office and Lucy is kidnapped, Alan and Sam team up and track Ramp on his deadly bomb spree. White (Private Practices) deliciously taunts the reader with his trademark twists, smoothly weaving plots together and sprinkling red herrings among the solid clues. Could Columbine have been prevented if the shooters' parents had gone to the police? How many warning signs are needed before action should be taken? These questions have led to the "no tolerance" policies in many schools and underlie this tensely satisfying outing. National ad/promo. (Feb. 26) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In this thriller featuring Boulder, CO, psychologist Alan Gregory and his attorney wife, Lauren, Lauren's multiple sclerosis symptoms recur six months after daughter Grace's birth. In addition, her ex-boss, Boulder DA Roy Peterson, is beaten to death, and Lucy Tanner, a detective, is suspected of the murder. Lauren agrees to defend Lucy, and to complicate matters, Alan's patient Naomi Biggs has a teenage son who may be involved in the crime. Together Alan and Lauren deal with troubled teenagers, their own personal concerns, and those of their clients in this well-developed suspense novel with an exciting finish. Dick Hill's voice, tones, and inflections add to the excitement. A good addition to audio collections.DSteven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
The suspense-filled curtain-raiser, the discovery of the Boulder District Attorney's corpse, provides one of the few quiet moments in clinical psychologist Alan Gregory's latest bomb-enriched thriller. Until somebody bashed him to death while his bedridden wife lay helpless upstairs, Royal Peterson was the boss of Alan's wife Lauren Crowder, who's just about to come off maternity leave to resume her normal life as an ADA with multiple sclerosis when the news comes in. It's followed by still more shocking news from Alan's old friend, police detective Sam Purdy: The prime suspect is Sam's partner Lucy Tanner, whose fingerprints have turned up on the murder weapon. In the meantime, however, Alan's on the verge of the biggest shock of all. His new patient, unlikable Naomi Bigg, keeps hinting that her son, outraged at the slap on the wrist the criminal-justice system gave his sister Marin's rapist and the heavy prison term meted out to his father when he tried to take the law into his own hands, has joined forces with his mysterious pal Ramp, still seeking revenge for his mother's killing by a paroled murderer, to get back at all the functionaries who betrayed Marin Bigg and Denise Ramp. Could those functionaries have included Roy Peterson-and could they include Lauren herself? Alan's got precious little time to consider the moral quiddities of breaking doctor-patient confidentiality to disclose the existence of a powerful new suspect in the Peterson case, because Ramp's about to go ballistic with a series of explosions that will send the case screaming out of the mystery category into the trajectory of the greased-lightning thriller-until the disturbingly quiet coda that bookends the talereveals the final nasty secret. Though there's no time to linger over most of the rapidly sketched characters, White (The Program, 2001, etc.) runs the whole gamut from whodunit to duck-and-cover.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“An edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
The Chattanooga Free Press
“A tight, riveting conclusion that is horrifyingly scary.”
Rocky Mountain News