For more than twenty years, in nearly a score of best-selling crime novels, Stephen White's stories of Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory have captivated millions. Now, Compound Fractures provides a riveting last chapter to the series.
In Line of Fire, Dr. Gregory found himself assailed by danger from every direction as he struggled with circumstances beyond his control. Authorities were closing in on Alan and his friend Sam Purdy for their roles in a woman’s death years earlier. Alan was struggling to deal with the emotional breakdown of his longtime friend Diane after she discovered evidence of her husband’s infidelity. By the end, Alan’s personal life and his career were in danger of complete collapse.
But Line of Fire merely set the stage. In Compound Fractures, Alan is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him. He is compelled to reconsider what he has long believed about trust and about love while he is trying to cope with overwhelming loss and grief.
To protect himself, Alan must revisit the cruel ethical dilemma that turned his life upside down as a young psychologist. He has to judge whether the people reentering his life after long absences are friends or foes. He has to make sense of echoes of distant tragedies while he decides if there is anyone he can really trust. And as the clock ticks down, he must solve a deadly mystery in Eldorado Springs that has been brewing for more than a decade.
At times full of pathos, at other times replete with White’s distinctive wry humor, Compound Fractures delivers the entrancing characters, the suspense, the intricately plotted story lines, and the unexpected twists that readers have come to expect.
©2013 Stephen W. White (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Quotation credit from On the High Wire, by Philippe Petit, reprinted by permission of the author. Recorded by arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
I have followed this series since book one. I adore these books. Sadly the ending just didn't do it for me. I thought it was one of the weakest books of the series. The plot never fully came to a conclusion. After 20 books I think I deserve a damn conclusion! I didn't think the twists and turns in this book were realistic (not that any of them are- but I'm talking book world here). I also hated that after all this the series ends with him talking about which girl he's having sex with. And he doesn't even tell us! I wanted the kids to be in the final prologue. It ended with what was perhaps meant to be a cliffhanger but kind of just annoyed me. Why bother throwing in one last problem if this is the end of the whole series? Especially such a mundane little problem all things considered. The final book felt anti climactic and had so little to do with the main people of the series. The second to last book was far more exciting in my opinion I hoped this book would bring that whole saga to a crazy final end but instead it brought it to a random less eventful end. Really? It's hard to say more without spoilers!
Also, I have to get this out... I HATE LAUREN! Has anyone else hated Lauren since the very beginning? I never liked her. Not as annoying mousy girlfriend, not as bitchy wife, not at all not ever. Phew it feels good to finally get that out!
I have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.
A rollicking, heart twisting, rich and unexpected adventure into the depths of characters we've been following for years. Of course, Dr Gregory is infuriatingly passive and blind, as always. He is a sucker of the first degree and so we uncomfortably recognize him and sort of forgive his blind spots. Surprising things happen in this book, which gives it a sort of jaunty lift, even in its darkest moments. And though some of the events are grisly, they are quite satisfying too.
Read it. Have fun.
No. This was not his best. Stephen White combined so many elements here and then seemed to have twisted the story line for the best shock value. While the writing style was similar, the content was more for shock value and did not seem to be consistent with the characters actions and decisions from previous stories.
In some of his narrations the characters voices are not distinguishable enough and the intonation and word emphasis is not distinguishable enough. In this book Dick Hill did an excellent job.
Not so much. I thought about returning it, but didn't because there was some enjoyment in listening to an Alan Gregory and Sam Purdy story.
I'd only listen if someone else read it. He was such a distraction, it almost ruined the story. I've listened to 25-30 books the past couple of years, and Dick Hill is the absolute worst.
I've loved the Alan Gregory series of books from the start... sorry to see it end.
I looked forward to this book but wonder now if I would have been better off without reading it. I've read all the books in this series and generally liked them a lot. This book was a bad end to a pretty good series. I thought it overwrought - too much angst, and moral rationalization. There was too much thinking on Alan's part, at least to put it all on paper and have a reader follow it and not get tired of it. I usually enjoy Dick Hill as a narrator but in this case his narration was tainted by a badly done story. Aside from the ridiculous 'plot twists', a great deal of it was just a rehash of the last book. I listened to the book instead of reading it so I was not able to skim over the parts that I found overly analytic and annoying without the possibility of missing some detail that would mean something later. All in all I was glad when it ended and with the last couple of books I'm glad to see the end of this series.
Compound Fractures is another winner! Offering mystery and intrigue. Dick Hills narrates it perfectly, as usual. A very good listen.
I'd only recommend it to those who have followed the series. I found that Elliot's connection to the 9/11 bombings and the Bin Laden family was absolutely ridiculous. I was also disappointed that there was no grieving for Lauren. Everyone, including the children, just went along like nothing happened. I think she deserved more. Ending with Allen having sex with some random person was not a very fulfilling way to end the series.
I'm headed in a completely different direction. I need to listen to the last Hunger Games book. Don't laugh.
Dick is perfect for the part. He always has been.
So disappointed, Stephen. You could have done so much better.
I disagree with many of the reviews on this one. Chick lit? If only women have brains and hearts and souls - maybe. Steven White's flawed characters are refreshing - and yes they do question themselves ad-nauseum, but don't we all?
Jonas hiding the guns - smart kid
I have read previous Stephen White books and enjoyed them, this one has no similarities. Dick Hill--never. He sounds like Walter Cronkite and has the most awful Chicago accent for Sam (or I believe that is what he is trying to convey). Painful.
No, just from Stephen White.
A younger more interesting voice.
Unfortunately this often happens in long running series--the author stops writing stories and becomes completely engrossed in "character development". Nothing but unrealistic drama and ridiculous scenarios. How about a doctor whose last name is doctor? Yes, Dr. Doctor. Come on....
Not quite finished yet but a good read as always.
Always a good story.
Love Dick Hill
Not quite finished yet but a good read as always.
The author/editor surely means Sarah Jessica Parker when referring to designer shoes- but keeps saying "Mary Louise Parker' and that doesn't make sense. Seems like I remember that mentioned in the previous book as well.
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