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Remote Control (Alan Gregory) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Aside from the great characters, the plots of this series are outstanding. We learn about a private end-of-life corporation, cold-case volunteer groups, the Mormons, DB Cooper, the cult of personality, Grand Canyon adventures, and the fallout from the JonBenet case, all without stretching the seams of the community based in Boulder, CO. When the plots call for suspense, the books are literally terrifying, real white-knuckle reads. White is witty and insightful and the very best craftsperson of the English language I've read in years.Read more ›
Alan Gregory's wife, Lauren Crowder, has center stage in this book. She's befriended Emma who has been blessed/cursed with Kennedy-like fame after the assassination of her father, the Surgeon General. Emma gets involved with a computer whiz and things start to turn ugly. The book is written in alternating chapters of present time and short-term flashback. In the present time, Lauren is standing outside of Emma's house during a blizzard. She fires her gun to warn off a stranger. The stranger is shot. Lauren is arrested -- and then goes into a medical emergency. Did Lauren shoot the stranger? What's going on in the first place?
This book is complicated. Alan and Lauren, who I normally love, are caught up in hiding too many secrets to be believed. Their refusal to confide in old friend, detective Sam Purdy, stretched their credibility considering all he's been through with them. Still, there are some truly page-turning moments and some good laughs along the way. The vision of the electric pink "bunny" on the snowplow is wonderful.
Bottom-line: This is definately NOT a book to read cold-turkey. Readers are strongly encouraged to have read at least two of the previous four Alan Gregory novels before attempting Remote Control. Then, my advice is to read this one slowly. It's not White's best work but can be a good read with the right approach.
Remote Control is very much one of _those_ mysteries, the kind that makes you read a couple of paragraphs at every stoplight. (Please control the urge to read while driving.) By now, we should all be familiar with White's cast of characters (Remote Control is the fourth Alan Gregory, psychiatrist-turned-don't-wanna-be-detective, novel) and his method of dropping loads of bricks on us when we're not looking, and slipping the clues in while we're still rubbing our head and cursing the building contractors. This time around, White gives us a self-absorbed technowhiz entrepreneur, a law-student intern with a recently-dead Senator father who falls head over heels for him, his abrasive partner, and a parallel thread running through the novel at the end of everything, where Alan's wife Lauren is being interrogated for the shooting of an unidentified man. Problem is, no one, including Lauren, is sure she actually shot the guy.
Yes, it all comes together perfectly (think Memento, except that both threads are moving forward-- one just moves more slowly than the other). White is one of those guys who writes good, clean, fun mysteries that are on the level of the big guns, but never gets the press they do. If you haven't yet picked up a Stephen White novel, give him a shot next time the New York Times Bestseller types are between books. *** 1/2
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I like the Alan Gregory series IMO it's not as good as the Alex Delaware series, another Cop/Psychologist series. By far this is my second least liked novel in the series. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
If possible, try to get the first book in the series in order to "grow" along with the characters. If not, just dive in with any book you can get. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Stephen White does not disappoint! I have enjoyed reading the dr Alan Gregory series and look forward to the next one.Published 7 months ago by june johnson
I love all of Stephen White's books. I'm working my way through the Alan Gregory series.Published 14 months ago by Volunteer
This book had a lot of potential-- emphasis on "had."
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A compelling story line that moves quickly and efficiently, very easy to read. This is a difficult book to put down.Published 16 months ago by Eric Hostettler
“It’s complicated,” Stephen White’s characters tell each other and us more than once, and it is, but satisfyingly so. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Donna H. Murray
I don't know what I expected. But, this story was quite a bit different than the cover would suggest. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael J. Kirk