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Cold case
White, Stephen, 1951-
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New York : Dutton, 2000.
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356 pages ; 24 cm
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The unsolved murder of two teenage girls prompts clinical psychologist Alan Gregory to compile a psychological profile of the two victims. To probe their deepest secrets. To uncover the darkest truth. Even if it condemns the innocent as well as the guilty...

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 4

Booklist Review

This is psychologist and popular thriller writer White's eighth suspense novel featuring psychologist Alan Gregory and his wife, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Crowder. This time out, the Gregorys are asked to assist an organization called Locard, which specializes in solving old criminal cases. Named for a long-dead French detective, Locard is made up of current and former law-enforcement people, forensic specialists, and prosecutors. The cold case at hand took place more than a decade ago in Colorado, where the Gregorys happen to live, and involves the murder and mutilation of two young girls. On the personal front, hero and heroine must assess their feelings about the fact that Lauren, who suffers from MS, is pregnant. Cold Case is hot stuff with lots of twists and turns, lots of good clean writing, and plenty of suspense. --Budd Arthur

Publisher's Weekly Review

Crime-fighting psychologist Alan Gregory untangles a vexing unsolved case of double murder in the Colorado Rockies in this rousing page-turner by thriller specialist White. Gregory is drawn into his seventh fictional adventure by a private organization of criminal experts called Locard, named after a 19th-century French detective. Locard, which reopens decades-old murder cases at the request of survivors and their families, wants Gregory to help reexamine a puzzling case in which the partially mutilated bodies of two teenage girlsÄTami Franklin and Mariko HamamotoÄwere found during the spring snowmelt outside Boulder. Gregory is asked to assemble psychological profiles of the girls, their parents and others close to the case in hopes of dispelling the official line that the murders were the work of a drifter. As Gregory's side of the investigation progresses, the finger of guilt seems to point directly at Colorado congressman Raymond Welle, a psychologist who was treating both girls at the time of the killings. Welle also has a shadowy connection to another notorious murderÄthat of his wife, who was shot to death seven years earlier by one of his patients. Gregory, along with his wife, Lauren CrowderÄnow pregnant and increasingly weakened by her multiple sclerosisÄquickly find themselves in the awkward position of accusing one of the state's most powerful politicians of not one, but two crimes. The delicate, bookish Gregory and his enfeebled wife make for unlikely crime stoppers, yet White (Manner of Death) drives the story through agile plotting and fine characterizations to a clever, surprise ending. While his description of the Colorado landscape and humdrum details of his protagonist's daily routines do little to enhance the plot, his fans will enjoy the action and the way the series's main characters evolve in this latest entry. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

White's latest thriller has Dr. Alan Gregory, a clinical psychologist, and his assistant district attorney wife, Lauren Crowder, working for Locard, a team of investigators, prosecutors, federal agents, and forensic experts who reopen unsolved cases. About a decade ago, two teenage girls were murdered near Steamboat Springs, CO, and as Locard and Gregory proceed to bring the matter to a close, he finds himself involved in a situation with a former colleague, now Congressman Dr. Raymond Weil, who, along with the investigating sheriff and other unsavory characters, managed to keep secret many details from the original investigation. The account of psychological games between Gregory and Weil and the plot and character development are very detailed and add to the listener's anticipation of an interesting and surprising denouement. Reader Scott Brick's mellifluous voice and inflections, where appropriate, add to the suspense in this unabridged version.ÄSteven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-A long-unsolved murder case is referred to as a cold case, as is true of the murders of teens Mariko and Tami, found mutilated and buried in the snow near Steamboat Springs a decade ago. The investigative group known as Locard, composed of nationally known crime experts, agrees to open this case and calls on psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory and his pregnant, attorney wife for local help. Asked to develop profiles of the teens, Dr. Gregory sees his responsibilities widen as more killings occur and the cast of suspects increases. The methodical, detailed development of the story illustrates the often-ponderous routine of investigation and contributes to increasing tension. There's a rogue's gallery of participants-all brought to life with robust descriptions-from the almost-slimy, talkative, widowed congressman and the young, too-cool, golf-star brother of one of the victims to an irreverent, carping reporter and the agoraphobic head of Locard who leaves his home for this case. The resolution of the murders follows Gregory's terrifying trek through the Blowdown, a part of the forest where a powerful storm upended trees and left them scattered in precarious piles that could fall at the flutter of a bat. Wonderfully clever twists; secrets kept from friends, family, and coworkers; illustrative writing; and the statuesque Colorado Rockies add up to a "gotta-read" thriller.-Pam Spencer, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.