I used to be a big fan of Stephen White's Alan Gregory series but have not enjoyed the last few books at all as I found them tedious and boring particularly when they focus on the supporting characters rather than Alan and his family. I agree that this book gets tedious at times too (especially Alan's conversations with Hella and when Sam is describing the Kobe Bryant situation) and does start out slow but the story itself certainly improved about three quarters of the way through to the end. Reading the other reviews I have to agree that reading Stephen White in print is a much better experience than listening to them on audio. I think that Dick Hill is a good narrator once you get used to him but I do not like the voices that he uses in this particular series of books and found that he actually seemed to mess up a couple of times speaking as Sam's voice when it was actually Alan talking. I think that next time I will stick with reading the book in print and skipping the audio. So four stars for this book but 3 stars for the audio presentation.
Okay, I gave this book five hours of my life! I kept thinking "It's gonna get better, it's gonna get better". Wish I'd known after one hour that it doesn't!!! Five hours is just under half way through the book and I've finally given up. Soooo slow and so boring. Way too much information that has no bearing on anything. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!
No matter where you go, there you are.
The actual story line of this novella is paper thin. Famous guy dopes unsuspecting acquaintances, does bad things to them, gets caught. Big deal. Certainly not a complex mystery tome.
What the entire book is really about is to make a case to the psychologically needy that psychologists are prescient as they look both into the past as well as the future. Psychology is not a science. What it is, frankly, is guesswork that has proven no more effective than simply having a good friend to talk to. The cop is the only character with even the slightest connection to plausibility. What story can be considered mysterious or entertaining when there is a voice constantly explaining what everyone is thinking, why they are thinking it and what they are going to do next. Hogwash!
Possibly the most self-indulgent, advertisements-for-myself piece of pablum since the last Sarah Palin cartoon of a book. I would have rated it "starless" but this system does not allow it. Probably doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings!