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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385336187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336185
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The murder of Boulder's troubleshooting DA is just the first sign that things in town are getting bad fast.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

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The plot is very complicated and twisted.
elizabeth robison
Loved the revelations about Lucy Tanner, Sam's partner.
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I like how the author added depth to the characters.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Author cum psychologist Stephen White well knows how to plumb the depths of the human mind, excising the malevolence of which mankind is capable. As evidenced in "The Program," White's prose is swift, dextrous, and his plotting expertly paced.
The tenth novel to spotlight clinical psychologist Alan Gregory, "Warning Signs" is a shocking yet fascinating thriller. The brutalized body of Boulder County District Attorney, Royal Peterson, is found, and a homicide detective is soon thought to be the murderer. Violent as the crime was, what strikes even closer to Gregory's heart is the fact that his wife used to work for Peterson and is considering defending the accused detective.
In the midst of this turmoil Gregory sees a new patient, Naomi Bigg, an obviously frightened mother. What is she afraid to confront? And, what is Gregory's responsibility regarding doctor/patient confidentiality if he believes other lives are at stake? He is torn as he attempts to help his patient, and watches a series of violent episodes tear the city apart. Perhaps only he can unlock the secrets buried in the dark corners of a criminal mind.
"Warning Signs" is compelling and frightening - a first-rate psychological thriller.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on January 5, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It would be easy to mistake Stephen White's Alan Gregory series for Jonathan Kellerman's older and more established Alex Delaware books. Both involve pyschologists, both are told primarily in the first person, both have murder mysteries and both main characters have gruff police "sidekicks." The differences, however, are more important: while the Delaware books are declining in quality (for reasons best discussed in a review of Kellerman's books), the Gregory books remain consistently good.
In this story, the district attorney of Boulder is murdered and the prime suspect is Gregory's cop-friend's partner, Lucy. Gregory's wife Lauren, usually a prosecutor, extends her maternity leave to help defend Lucy. Meanwhile, Gregory gets a new patient whose son may or may not be involved with the murder, and also may or may not be planning additional killings.
There are suitable twists and turns in the story, but what makes this book (and the series) exciting is that no character outside the narrator is truly safe. White has no qualms about killing previously established characters. With a job that puts her often in danger and with an erratic but debilitating disease, even Gregory's wife is not safe from danger.
If you are a fan of the Kellerman books (which tend to be better sellers), than you should enjoy these books as well. But these books are also good enough for any mystery fan to enjoy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Quido VINE VOICE on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
that Stephen White began over ten years ago. In bringing his hero, Alan Gregory, to life, White also gets to pursue, in words, his love affair with the western Rocky Mountains, particularly in Colorado. He has the ability to weave the beauty of the region, and its downfalls, into his story line in a natural and compelling way. Show me a reader who does not want to see Colorado after finishing a White novel!
There is no question that White has done what most authors of thrillers cannot do, and that is to maintain the quality of his story lines and characterization based on the same group of characters, time after time. I don't believe he has stumbled in this effort, and in pursuing the Gregory storyline, he has won over many fans of other writers who have fallen prey to commercialism. In past years, White has become my author of choice, the author whose works I immediately buy regardless of price. Writing this, unfortunately, may help too many others to discover him, and hopefully he won't come blazing into the public eye, with too much pressure to write "hits" or "blockbusters" to take away the thoughtful manner in which he sets his plotlines before he begins his story.
Warning Signs weaves the continuing struggle of Gregory's wife, Lauren's, MS, throughout the novel, contrasting her coping ability with that of Susan Peterson, the wife of the local DA, who is mysteriously murdered in the early part of the novel. As the story unfolds, White is able to interweave three plotlines, including a crisis of practice for Gregory in terms of when danger and potential harm to others outweigh the need for doctor patient privilege.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on April 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The brutal murder of legendary Boulder County District Attorney, Royal Peterson, while his invalid wife slept in her room upstairs, was shocking and horrifying. But when the prime suspect turns out to be one of their own, homicide detective, Lucy Tanner, it becomes crystal clear that nothing in Stephen White's latest thriller, Warning Signs, is exactly what it seems. Psychologist, Alan Gregory, soon finds himself smack in the middle of the case, brought in by his close friend and Lucy's partner, Detective Sam Purdy. Sam can't believe that Lucy committed the crime, even though the evidence against her seems to be growing exponentially with each passing day, and he wants Alan's insight to help him prove it. Alan knows all the players well. In fact, his wife is a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office, and worked for Royal. Enter new patient, Naomi Bigg. She's come to Dr Gregory seeking help with her son, cagily talking about bombs, Columbine, vengence, and parental responsibilities. When a bomb is found in Royal Peterson's house, and it becomes apparent that Naomi Bigg and the Peterson crime may be connected, Gregory has to wrestle with the ultimate psychologist's dilema. Which is more important, his ethical duty to his patient, or his moral obligations to the community..... Warning Signs is a tight, suspenseful, very compelling psychological thriller that grabs you from page one, sets you on the edge of your seat, and never lets go. Mr White weaves a seamless, intricate, well paced plot full of twists, turns, riveting scenes, and more than a few surprises. His writing is crisp and tense, and his intriguing characters, well drawn, with strong voices. This is an intelligent thriller that will keep you thinking, long after you've finished the book.Read more ›
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