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Product Details

  • Series: Dr. Alan Gregory Novels
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1ST edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385336209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336208
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory hasn't seen former patient Gibbs Storey since she and her husband were in marriage counseling with him almost a decade ago. So when she walks into his office with a startling declaration--that she believes her husband murdered at least one woman, and may be planning to kill more--Gregory finds himself on the horns of a dilemma that's not just professional but personal as well: He can't reveal what his patient has told him, not even to his wife, who's a prosecutor, or his friend Sam, who's a cop. What's more, his feelings for Gibbs may be clouding his judgment about the truth of what she professes. Though he telegraphs the denouement too early, Stephen White once again turns in a thoughtful, well crafted novel full of interesting insights on marriage, friendship, the human condition, and the Colorado landscape. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Murder, sex and guilt are all on the couch in bestseller White's latest (Cold Case; Manner of Death; etc.) featuring ongoing series hero Alan Gregory, a low-key sleuth/psychologist. As always, the author delivers an absorbing mystery, a mix of interesting subplots involving Gregory's sympathetic friends and family, and a paean to the beauty of the Colorado countryside. This time he splits the point of view equally between Gregory and Gregory's best friend, Boulder police detective Sam Purdey. Sam has just had a heart attack and is facing a dreaded rehabilitation regimen when his wife decides to leave him, perhaps permanently. Gregory has his own plateful of domestic difficulties caring for his MS-stricken wife and his toddler daughter while tending to a full caseload of clients who run the gamut from mildly neurotic to full-blown psychotic. An old patient he hasn't seen in a year, the beautiful Gibbs Storey, comes back for therapy and announces that her husband has murdered a former lover, and she's not sure what to do about it. And by the way, she thinks he may have murdered a bunch of other women as well. Gregory decides that, as a therapist, he cannot report the murders to the police, spending pages and pages justifying his decision. He turns to recuperating pal Sam, and the two of them separately follow various threads until all is resolved, just in the nick of time. White is known for his surprise endings, and this one is no exception. Aside from the repetitive and less than convincing ethical considerations, it's an engrossing addition to an excellent series.
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More About the Author

Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of suspense novels, including Dead Time and The Siege. He lives in Colorado.

Customer Reviews

Fast paced and really keeps you interested.
S. A. Thompson
In addition, I think that many readers will find the ending a bit too predictable to be truly exciting.
E. Bukowsky
The characters were well developed and it was very easy to be able to relate to them.
Nathan A. Foy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Quido VINE VOICE on February 10, 2004
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Four stars for author Stephen White's 12th book in the Alan Gregory series -- specifically for the way in which Gregory emphasizes interesting and perennial character Sam Purdy's involvement in solving a series of murders, tied to the disappearance of a former patient of Alan's. Purdy is colorful, as a Boulder detective, and despite both his health and marital troubles in "Blinded" - he is off on a cross-country search, paired on and off with an interesting female detective, and the narrarator of much of the story.
White has used the device of telling a story from two perspectives before, notably in his last novel, "The Best Revenge", and he's particularly successful with this tool.
Although the chase starts with Alan, who learns from a former patient, Gibbs Storey, that her charismatic and troubled husband may be a serial killer, he is more of a sideline participant in terms of the action. In this installment, Alan's wife, Lauren, is disturbed by a particularly chilling episode in her battle with MS. Raw emotion and fear about the situation is felt from Alan's point of view -- White doesn't get inside Lauren's head in this novel. Having some experience with friends stricken by the disease, I've always been compelled by the educational and awareness aspects of White's
tales, helping his readers understand the MS complex.
What brings this tale down is a repetitive theme of White's -- the therapist's dilemma in not knowing how much confidential information given by patients can be disclosed to the outside world. White's Gregory seems to chafe under the yoke of having to keep disturbing information confidential, and in this novel, a secondary plot involving disclosures by his other patients emphasizes this theme.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Stephen White is a favorite author of mine, and I thoroughly enjoyed his latest effort, Blinded. In the latest installment, Alan Gregory is called on by a famous client to renew her therapy. She drops a bombshell when she tells Alan that her husband has probably committed a number of murders. Alan has to balance his ethical obligations against his legal requirements, while also trying to figure out what part of her story might be true and which part might be fabrication.
But what's a good psycho thriller without subplots? His wife Lauren is a district attorney in Boulder Colorado. She also has MS, and she suffers a flair-up of her condition here. There's some character development there as Alan and Lauren both learn to deal with one of her episodes. Alan also discovers that there is a leak of confidential information about his clients, and he has to determine where it is coming from, and why it is happening... All before it destroys his practice. And finally, Sam Purdy, Alan's police detective friend, has his wife leave him after he suffers a heart attack. He becomes involved in the potential murder investigation, but isn't quite sure why he feels compelled to do so.
A good read... Not heavy on action until the end, but plenty of interpersonal stuff going on. Probably not his best one in the series, but I still like it a lot.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2004
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Award winning voice performer Dick Hill gives an eloquent, transfixing reading of this riveting thriller.
Psychological suspense is Stephen White's long suit and with "Blinded" he leaves no doubt that he's a master of that genre.
Returning to his popular protagonist, psychologist Alan Gregory, author White presents a multi-layered story of death and deception. What would you do if you were a psychologist seeing a patient who mentions in a rather cavalier manner that she believes her husband has committed murder? The victim is a woman with whom she thinks her husband, Sterling, has had an affair. As if that weren't enough of a shocker - she suspects that he has murdered many other women as well.
What Gregory does is check with his buddy, Sam Purdey, a Colorado police detective. The two embark on what is essentially an investigation of their own.
While suspense mounts White examines at length various ethics issues involved in this conundrum, ie, doctor/patient confidentiality; can a wife be called to testify against her husband?
White, a master of surprises, provides a trunk full in "Blinded."
- Gail Cooke
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on February 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When a new Stephen White book comes out, readers tend to celebrate. His 12-book series features Dr. Alan Gregory, Ph.D.; his wife Lauren, a prosecutor; his baby daughter Grace; his cop buddy Sam Purdy; his partner, the irascible Diane Estevez; and his dogs, Emily and Anvil. These familiar characters have evolved into a believable "family" with whom fans can identify. Each of his books offers a well thought-out plot, fully limned characters, finely wrought dialogue, and enough twists to challenge any reader's taste for thrillers.
With BLINDED, the latest addition to his oeuvre, he moves away from his usual "formula" to focus on the personal lives of the Gregory's and the Purdy's --- and offers a challenging mystery the leads must solve in order to stop another victim from dying.
White's fans already know that Lauren has MS and how she and her psychologist husband deal with it. While Lauren is still able to manage her life and live within her limits, the threat of "exacerbation" in MS is horrific: "Multiple Sclerosis roughly translates as many scars ... we both knew that an exacerbation --- a fresh wound on a previously unaffected nerve" could lead to eventual total disability. While addressed peripherally in his earlier books, this is the first time that White really delves into the issue.
To further bring readers into the lives of his team, Sam Purdy, a wonderful supporting character, sees his marriage unraveling. Purdy has a serious heart attack, and before he is released from the hospital his wife takes their son and leaves him.
To frame his story with so much personal information about his regular characters is risky business for a writer of suspense novels.
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