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Title:
Manner of death
Author:
White, Stephen, 1951-
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, 1999.
Physical Description:
450 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781574901771
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Following a former colleague's funeral, two strangers approach Alan Gregory and suggest that the death he just mourned did not occur from natural causes and is neither the first nor the last of a terrible chain in which Gregory is the crucial link. Delving into his past and examining the deaths of associates from his post-medical school days almost two decades before, Gregory quickly discovers that all have been victims of bizarre, fatal accidents except him and his old flame, Sawyer Sackett. Reuniting with Sawyer to investigate the string of possible murders, Alan finds not only his life, but his marriage endangered. Soon he is moving into the sights of a dangerously disturbed killer-- and deeper into an unsolved mystery buried in the annals of modern American crime.


Author Notes

Stephen White attended the University of California campuses at Irvine and Los Angeles before graduating from Berkeley in 1972. Trained as a clinical psychologist, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1979 and became known as an authority on the psychological effects of marital disruption, especially on men. His research has appeared in Psychological Bulletin and other professional journals and books. After receiving his doctorate, he worked in private practice as well as at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and later as a staff psychologist at The Children's Hospital in Denver, focusing on pediatric cancer patients.

He began writing his first novel in 1989 while he was still practicing full time. The book, Privileged Information, was published in 1991 and was the first book in the Dr. Alan Gregory series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is White's seventh novel featuring Alan Gregory, a Colorado clinical psychologist, and his wife, Lauren Crowder, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. In his latest thriller, one of Gregory's former colleagues from the psychiatry department at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center is killed in a fall down a steep cliff in a wilderness area of the Rocky Mountains. There have been other seemingly accidental deaths of people with whom Gregory once worked, and a couple of supposed ex-FBI agents warn him that he's next on the mysterious hit list. Then one of his former colleagues--and sweetheart--re-enters Gregory's life, bleeding from a knife wound inflicted by a man diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Like his other novels, this is a highly crafted thriller that will both absorb and chill his enthusiastic fans. --George Cohen


Publisher's Weekly Review

The invigorating twists and turns of practicing psychologist White's (Privileged Information) new Alan Gregory thriller drag readers over rugged Colorado terrain, past a gauntlet of eccentric characters spawned by the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, through the most intimate details of the protagonists' lives, leaving them gasping at the switchback ending of this chilling stalker novel. Attending the funeral of a former colleague, Boulder psychologist Alan learns from two quirky ex-FBI agents that this is the latest in a string of clueless murders targeting the entire group of students, supervisors and staff who shared Alan's clinical psychology residency some years earlier. Only Alan and his former lover, Dr. Sawyer Sackett, now survive, and they are undoubtedly next on the killer's hit list. Alan's wife, Lauren, a prosecuting attorney afflicted with multiple sclerosis, is threatened as well, but throws her considerable skills fully into the fray. Alan's friend on the Boulder police force, Detective Sam Purdy, provides police clout, FBI equalizing and protection for Lauren. The pros go after former patients, but Alan and Sawyer snoop best, tracing a lead involving legendary hijacker D.B. Cooper and some truly disturbed suspects. White conveys his love for Colorado and his profession while delivering an evaluation of the mental health industry. Martinet shrinks and caring analysts get equal billing, while both the promise and limitations of psychology are cleanly spelled out. A newly honed sense of humor adds zip to White's prose without detracting a mite from the menace and gore. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild selections. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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