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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of bestseller White's engrossing 20th and final novel featuring Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory (after 2012's Line of Fire), Gregory gives evasive answers to his new, inexperienced therapist, Delilah Travis, when she asks him about witnessing Diane, his professional partner and best friend, shooting his wife Lauren, an attorney. Meanwhile, Boulder cop Sam Purdy, another friend of Gregory's, may be leaving him at the mercy of a vindictive Boulder County DA, who is Lauren's boss and who considers Gregory a suspect in three murders. The shocking finale confirms White's central metaphor, drawn from the local story of tightrope walker Ivy Baldwin, who frequently crossed a half-mile canyon on a wire without a net and sometimes at night: life for the tormented psychologist is a fearful balancing act, where the only absolute is his desire to protect his children. He may survive, but at what cost to his soul? Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Aug.) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is the twentieth and final Alan Gregory mystery. It opens soon after the end of Line of Fire (2012) and finds the Colorado psychologist’s life in disarray: his wife, Lauren, was seriously wounded in an attempt on her life; his practice is shrinking, adversely affected by the publicity surrounding recent events; and someone has surfaced with key evidence in an old case that could put Alan and his friend, police detective Sam Purdy, behind bars. Unlike many long-running series, which sort of just peter out, this one is coming to a deliberate conclusion. But this is no neat wrap-up of the psychologist/sleuth’s story: at the book’s end we feel that Alan’s life is simply veering off in a new direction, to a place where we will not be permitted to eavesdrop. This is an excellent wrap-up to a consistently excellent series, but it may be, at least for some readers, a difficult book to read, because finishing it means saying goodbye to an old friend. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: White’s Alan Gregory series has had a long and very successful run, and its publisher will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that Gregory goes out with trumpets blaring. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451468163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451468161
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

He left too many loose ends.
Carol A Mangan
I would not want to go back and re-read any of the other books knowing "The End".
RitaW
As a fan, I'm looking forward to Stephen White's new book/series.
Ruth Lynn

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Brian Baker VINE VOICE on September 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Well, I hate to say it, but this book lived down to my every expectation.

I've followed this series from its premiere as a kind of poor man's Alex Delaware. About a decade ago, White started some really, REALLY annoying habits, primarily that of turning his protagonist, Dr. Alan Gregory, into a massively indecisive and passive-aggressive wimp who couldn't ever seem to actually make a decision about anything or take any action.

This aggravating approach became more dominant as the series progressed, and really reached its apex in the last two books, which thankfully -- and mercifully -- bring the series to a close.

He metaphorically placed a load of dynamite under the entire fictional world he had created around his characters and set it off, blowing everything to smithereens. Quite dramatic, I guess. But also a whole bunch of long-established characters acting completely OUT of character. Kind of reminded me of that year in the original "Dallas" series when Patrick Duffy had quit, and then magically reappeared, with the explanation being that the entire season had been a "dream sequence" of the wife's character.

I don't know what caused this transformation. It's as if White was approaching writing these books as a chore rather than a creative endeavor. Maybe using them as some form of therapy to exorcise his own personal issues. Who knows? And frankly, at this point, who cares?

My recommendation? If you've been a series fan, skip the last two books. If you haven't, maybe you might possibly like them. Maybe. Possibly. If you're in a good mood.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By boswell on August 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In deference to the comments on one of the other reviews please note this review might have a minor spoiler in it. I have read all of the books in this series, and have always liked it very much, although not as much as Kellerman's Alex Delaware series, which I view this as somewhat of a copy of. I am not quite sure why the author ended the series, since it didn't seem as if he was tired of it, but more, from reading his comments, like he had a fit of pique over some publishing issue. I find that unfortunate, since I believe there was more story to tell about these characters, and the reason I gave this four instead of 5 stars, even though it may have been the best written book of this series, is because of that. I was absolutely enthralled throughout the book, which I read in two marathon settings, but the ending left me slightly cold, because had he ended it before the epilogue everything was wrapped up very nicely, but then the epilogue left some burning unanswered questions (not the least of which being WHO WAS SHE, and I am adding a dream fifth contestant, Lucy). Well, in any event, this was a fond farewell effort to a nice series, although I really wish the author would reconsider and write one more.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dill on August 22, 2013
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Let me start by saying that I've always enjoyed this series, but I've also always found the series to be uneven in pacing. Some books are excellent and every character is detailed enough for a stand alone novel. Others are so cluttered with miscellaneous and misleading details and subplots that it's hard to imagine it's the same author writing these books. The last two books in the series tie up a lot of loose threads, but much is left unanswered. Like life, I guess.

Highlights: Sam's growth as a character is awesome. Really, he has to be one of the best sidekicks in mystery fiction. Alan's regression to a less mature, less grounded, less honest, less confident man is another highlight. I like the fact that the sins of previous books come back with no easy answers. It's rare for an author to risk making a main character (and in this book, a few main characters) exhibit so many startlingly bad qualities. I liked the honesty in that. Grief brings out the best in just about no one. Certainly no one in this series.

Lowlights: Some huge issues are left unresolved. Without giving away too much, there is a rushed quality to some big questions that are never really answered. Of course, not all questions can be answered, but this book leaves a lot unanswered. It's particularly unsatisfying when one of the characters, central to the last book, is in and out in less than a chapter. The therapeutic relationships are sparsely detailed here (a nice change actually), but a little more detail would have fleshed out some of the bigger plot holes. I can't say more without spoiling the ending, but the book ends on a discordant note. One huge issue is solved, probably permanently with one conversation, so the ending feels dishonest.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Frances McQuinn on August 27, 2013
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I could not get into this book, I already knew this was the last of this character and by the time I got about 1/4 of the way into it I hated it. It was so confusing and if the musings of Alan were even interesting I might have stayed with it. I will miss these characters, human and dogs but saying good bye was ruined by this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Gambino on September 12, 2013
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I was sad when White announced he was ending the series . I've read every book and figured that at least he would go out in great style. This book was poorly written , the storyline was ridiculous and the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying.
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