Line of Fire

Line of Fire

Book - 2012
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New York Times bestselling author Stephen White returns with a gripping thriller about the one devastating secret that could cost Alan Gregory everything--the first of the dramatic two-part conclusion to his acclaimed bestselling series.

Clinical psychologist and Boulder resident Alan Gregory is finally beginning to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient is challenging his values. The interlude of calm doesn't last, of course: Alan's dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse, and Alan's greatest fear--the exposure of his most dangerous secret--has become something he can't ignore.

A new witness has surfaced, causing authorities to reopen their investigation into the suicide death of a woman named J. Winter Brown. When Alan and his equally culpable friend Sam Purdy inadvertently disclose details of their involvement in her death to a desperate drug dealer, any confidence they felt about riding out the new investigation evaporates. The trail that leads back to Alan and Sam, once cold, has turned white-hot.

With his vulnerability mounting daily, Alan begins to fear that his mesmerizing new patient may be the catalyst that can cause everything he treasures--his marriage, family, friendship, and future--to implode. As the authorities close in, the story hurtles toward a conclusion that will set the stage for the most unexpected of outcomes: the final act of the Alan Gregory saga.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2012.
ISBN: 9780525952527
Branch Call Number: WHITE
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 06, 2019

An enjoyable first person psychological chilling thriller.

Alan Gregory appears to be an intellectual, straightforward individual with a low, down to earth profile who commences the narrative by introducing his small family (His wife, Lauren, son Jonas and daughter, Grace) and his occupation as a psychotherapist. It starts with an ordinary day at work, when Alan meets his detective friend, Sam Purdy; their conversation surfacing as though they were conspirators…..involved in a homicide. It was during Alan’s trip to Frederick that the truth is revealed. Sam had killed Currie/Justine Winter Brown; but when Sam pursues the subject, the narrator soon flaunts discomfort and evades his questions. More tenacious were Alan's discussions with his DA (district attorney) wife when Lauren declares the reopening of the suicidal murder case and he tries prevaricating. Even during his association with Isabel Kane in Frederick, Alan attempts keeping his identity concealed. Instead, he starts lying. Does that make him a pathological liar? Does covering for his friend lead one lie to the other, making him an accessory to murder? Apparently, Sam does not take Alan’s decision to visit Frederick lightly exhorting his friend from visiting the place again. A hot debate ensues. Sam does not represent the position he is in, but he appears to be a smart cop.

With all the highs and lows in the story, Line of Fire has many touching and heartbreaking sentimental turns. Characters like Diane Estevez, Elias Tres, Amanda Bobbie, and Ricky Contreras (David Cohen or Coma Doe) made the fiction more riveting. Yet, the culmination had been poignant during the spousal confrontation (between Alan and Lauren). Either way, both had to lose. The involved dilemma nerve wrecking for the reader. What pertinent decision would evolve?

A hard to put down fascinating novel, which bequeaths honors to Stephen White for his exemplary plot.

Aug 19, 2015

I like the Alan Gregory series and I did enjoy this book. However, I've never really liked authors who feel the need to separate the end of a series into more than one book. By the time one reads the next instalment a lot of what happened in the previous one is lost and it takes away from the enjoyment of the book

Jun 30, 2015

They should say on the cover..continued in next book Good but glad I had the next book in the series, or I forget the plot by the time the next one is out.

Nov 08, 2013

Having been a long time reader of White's novels, I was looking forward to reading this novel. I had to work hard to remember what had happened before in Alan's life to make sense of this novel. Fortunately, White has several storylines going on at the same time which don't require past knowledge of Alan's actions. It is these that are captivating, and the ones that kept me reading. White manages to give twists to his plot that are completely out of left field, so unexpected that they compel one to keep reading. At the end of this novel I was glad I had its sequel nearby. I won't have to work so hard now to remember past events while waiting to see how White will end Alan Gregory's practice. For me, White's "Kill Me" is still my favorite.

Sep 09, 2012

A fair read. I would have liked to have spent my time reading a different book :(:(

rowanquincy Sep 05, 2012

A disappointment. Not a standalone read. Depends on reader rememering details on the previous in the series, and ends with no resolution, expecting reader to get this in the next in the series. Storyline doesn't really make sense in several places.

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