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Dry Ice (Dr. Alan Gregory Novels) Hardcover – March 6, 2007

4 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
Book 15 of 19 in the Alan Gregory Series

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Starred Review. Contemporary cerebral thrillers don't get much better than bestseller White's 15th novel (after Kill Me), which deftly combines complex characterization and intricate plotting. White's debut novel, Privileged Information, introduced Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory and the clever but deadly Michael McClelland, a former meteorologist turned killer, whose rampage almost cost Gregory and his wife, Lauren, their lives. In this sequel, while Lauren, a local prosecutor, is absorbed in a sensitive grand jury probe that represents her best chance to demonstrate that she can function despite her MS, Gregory learns that McClelland has escaped from custody and has devised a devious, multilayered revenge scheme against everyone he holds responsible for his incarceration. Almost overnight, Gregory finds his routine existence turned into a Hitchcockian nightmare. Suspected of several murders, he can trust no one. Both established fans and those just now discovering the author's gifts will be turning pages late into the night. (Mar.)
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In the opening chapters of this latest outing starring Boulder, Colorado, psychologist Alan Gregory, the good doctor is feeling a bit sorry for himself: his wife's MS, utterly unpredictable, is worsening; his clinical business has been anemic since one of his patients was shot to death on national television--Kill Me, 2006; and he remains haunted by long-held secrets. Just as the novel risks getting mired in this pity party, the story picks up speed when an ex-patient, Michael McClelland, escapes from the state mental institution hell-bent on retribution. No one is safe from this madman--not Alan, nor his wife, Lauren, nor his best friend (and cop) Sam. After all, McClelland tried to kill all three of them (Privileged Information, 1991) before being declared insane. Secrets are the star here; everyone has them--Alan, Lauren, Sam--and keeping them hidden just isn't working any longer. The big question is, Will Alan uncover the secret that's keeping McClelland on his heels? White's thrillers throw the characters into quagmires and then force them to wade through the psychological muck. Along the way, there's always more than enough suspense to keep readers engaged. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Product Details

  • Series: Dr. Alan Gregory Novels
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525949976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525949978
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Like other people reading these reviews, I love and look forward to the Alan Gregory novels. For the most part, I really enjoyed this one as well. BUT...it had some jarring moments. Things start to happen and, with what seems to be no reason at all, the police, the DA's office and even Alan's best friend Sam and wife Lauren suspect him of murder. Was Alan found naked in bed with a murdered floozy? No, nothing like it, so it was pretty hard to believe the level of suspicion. All of this is an engine that pushes a good part of the story, and I found it kind of annoying. Also, Alan's marriage seems to be going through a rough patch, but what explanation there was for it seemed to me to be inadequate to explain lauren's apparently high level of hostility.

In spite of the above, I read it cover to cover in almost one sitting. It certainly isn't dull!

One final note -- I HATE the surprise
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I've enjoyed every one of Stephen White's thrillers and found DRY ICE to be one of his best! Knowing the book would reprise the Michael McClelland character from White's first book (PRIVILEGED INFORMATION), I read it again and found it just as entertaining and suspenseful as the first time I read it. Now, with DRY ICE, I thought there wouldn't be any surprises, but I was wrong. Just when I thought I had it figured out, a new plot twist came along, adding intrigue. After so many years, I feel as if the main characters are part of my family, evolving as they face new challenges. I look forward to what the future holds in store for Dr. Alan Gregory, et al.
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I am a big fan of Stephen White. I have had to read many a book and many a script for my director and producer bosses. I still can't believe someone hasn't persuaded Stephen to put Alan on the screen, but, alas someday - just think of the casting fun. Anyway, I couldn't wait for DRY ICE - it didn't disappoint at all. Everybody is back and in wonderful form. The only part I hate about a Stephen White book is that I have to finish it. I start out slow, savoring each page and twist. I try not to read it in only one or two sittings, but alas, this one took only one. I've read them all and I still can't get enough. The characters are so well developed and the story points are so much fun to watch roll out. I can't wait until the next one.
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I am an avid reader - of anythithing and everything. Stephen White is one of my two all time favorite autors. His latest book - Dry Ice, is one of those books I read in less than two days. There was no other way, even though I tried to prolong the pleasure into a week. The book is strong, that is the best word I can come up with. It delivers suspence, personality of the characters, pleasure, wonder, you name it - it's there. I can't wait for his next book.
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I have been in Stephen White withdrawal since his last novel, Kill Me. I found Dry Ice to be as readable, believable, and ultimately satisfying as his previous efforts. In Dry Ice he sets out scattered clues, which he eventually weaves together artfully, while incorporating sub-plots of the characters' personal lives. The intrigue and suspense come in waves, giving a nice little jolt to the denouement. He remains one of my favorite authors.
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Stephen White's mystery series with clinical psychologist Alan Gregory as the protagonist gets more interesting with each book. In Dry Ice we see a side of Alan Gregory not revealed before. He is having problems focusing at work and there are problems at home with his wife, Lauren, a deputy district attorney. He is adding to his problems by drinking a lot late at night. His moroseness stems partially from his want for another child, which is complicated by his wife having MS. He is also obsessed with the shooting of his former patient on TV (Kill Me).

The escape, from a mental hospital, of a man bent on revenge complicates matters greatly. This man, Michael McClellend, is smart, dangerous, and not as crazy as he pretends to be. His targets are Alan, Lauren, and Alan's friend, Boulder police detective Sam Purdy. These three were instrumental in putting McClellend in the state mental hospital a decade previously. McClellend intends to destroy their careers, their families, and expose secrets long considered buried.

Alan is especially troubled by the thought of anyone knowing his life altering secret. It is an added dimension to the man that White has not explored before. The book is enhanced by Alan examining more deeply his feelings towards killing a man previously (The Program). Kirsten, Alan's former patient and the target of the man Alan shot, appears in this book as Alan's attorney.

White does a great job of also making a character of the town of Boulder. Here's his description of Pearl Street, "The odd intersection of lives that collided on Boulder's most egalitarian public thoroughfare was almost always distracting to me, usually in a positive way.
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Dry Ice by Stephen White is the 15th book in his Alan Gregory series. Michael McClelland, the bad guy from the first book, has escaped from a mental institution and is after Alan's family. Meanwhile Alan still hasn't recovered from the events of the previous two books, and all of these events are shaking his family in a way that none of them may ever recover from. Add in a secret from Alan's past, and at 402 pages, the book still seems too short. Even if you are a fan of White's previous works, 14 books seems a little long to wait to bring back a villain. Unless you've recently read Priviledged Information (the first book), the events seem distant, and I couldn't remember much of anything about this super-baddie. And White expects you to be familiar with the previous two books in the series including the lackluster Kill Me where Alan barely registered as a cameo. Alan has taken up drinking and distancing himself from wife Lauren. Lauren's hostility toward Alan seems unwarranted and over the top at times, but Alan is keeping lots of secrets in this book, from Lauren and the reader. His near infidelity proves that White is trying to stretch Alan as a character. The mysteries and coincidences keep piling up and make for a quick read. One of the charms of the series is his descriptions of Boulder, Colorado: its scenery and community. White really brings the city alive. I enjoyed this book even with its drawbacks, but the ending through me for a loop. Lauren and Alan's marriage is on the rocks, Alan is still enigmatic, and his best friend, Sam's, act was shocking. It's hard to believe that Sam would do what he did and that Alan would accept it. I'm not sure where White is going next with this series, but he's certainly shaken it up.
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