Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and the New York Times bestselling author of the Alan Gregory novels. He lives in Colorado.
In his 16th novel, White (Missing Persons) deepens his exploration of the psyches of the characters in his crime fiction series involving Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory, his family, and his friends. White's 15-year practice in clinical psychology lends credence to descriptions of his characters' motivations, perceptions, and reactions. Thoughtful listeners will likely find Alan's psychological musings involving and rewarding, especially as a seeming midlife crisis forces him to reassess his relationships. We get the 360 view: Alan's insights into himself and into others' impulses, along with commentary on his failed first marriage and not-so-gentle criticisms from friend Sam Purdy. White combines a fascinating murder mystery with wonderful descriptions of Colorado, Southern California, and New York. Read by Dick Hill, this is a well-engineered, well-directed audiobook that will keep the listener's attention; very highly recommended for adult crime fiction and mystery collections. [White is a New York Times best-selling author; Dead Time is also available as downloadable audio from Audible.com.--Ed.]--Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Bestseller White juggles too many story lines that never quite coalesce in his uneven 16th thriller to feature Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory (after 2007's Dry Ice). On a trip to Manhattan, soon after adopting the son of a close friend who died in a terrorist blast in Israel, Alan meets with his ex-wife, Merideth, who asks him to help her and her fiance, political consultant Eric Leffler, track down their surrogate, who disappeared soon after becoming pregnant with their child. Initially reluctant, Alan eventually agrees to investigate. Aided by his Boulder detective friend, Sam Purdy, Alan gets drawn into a web of lies that stretches back to an ill-fated Grand Canyon hiking trip when Eric and the surrogate were in college together. White never recovers his rhythm after beginning the narrative with fractured accounts of the hiking expedition and then abruptly switching to Alan and Merideth's story. An unsatisfying climax and a distracting subplot involving a long-ago adoption make this one of the weaker entries in the series. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Dead Time
"Gregory's (aka White's) use of his therapist skills to question witnesses and gather facts becomes almost hypnotically absorbing."--Orlando Sentinel
"Deeply layered...Beautifully orchestrated."--Booklist
"An exhilarating action-packed tale...Although the plot moves at light speed, it is the strong characterizations that make this a special read."--Midwest Book Review
"A well-paced thriller with plenty of action."--The Miami Herald
"An intellectual mystery...[it] succeeds on many levels. Dead Time is up to White's usual standards."--The Boulder Daily Camera
"This is a good action thriller with strong characters and a fast-moving plot. It will keep you guessing throughout."--The Daily American