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Dead Time | [Stephen White]

Dead Time

After the shocking developments in Dry Ice, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to deal with his newly adopted son and repair his shaky, though generally improving, marriage. But then Alan's ex-wife, Merideth, reappears, seeking help she feels only Alan can give.
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Publisher's Summary

After the shocking developments in Dry Ice, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to deal with his newly adopted son and repair his shaky, though generally improving, marriage. But then Alan's ex-wife, Merideth, reappears, seeking help she feels only Alan can give. Suddenly, Alan is pulled into a mystery that reaches back years to a camping trip at the Grand Canyon involving Merideth's fiancé and five friends whose lives were changed forever when a young woman mysteriously vanished from the Canyon floor.

Enlisting the help of friend and detective Sam Purdy, Alan finds himself pitted against new demons and unseen enemies as he tries to uncover the connection between the unexplained disappearance at the Grand Canyon and Merideth's missing surrogate. The clock is ticking, and as Alan's and Sam's investigations take them from New York City to Los Angeles to the cavernous reaches of the Canyon itself, Alan unearths a series of secrets and deceptions that someone wishes to keep buried at all costs.

©2008 Stephen W. White; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"White's imaginative and clinical mind seems to know no boundaries in inventing creative plots. And his knowledge of the human psyche provides insights about the workings of a mind skewed by trauma or uncommon life experiences." (Rocky Mountain News)
"Because of its multiple subplots and points of view, many performers might find this story daunting. Not Dick Hill." (AudioFile)

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    Sbrooks Honolulu, HI USA 07-12-08
    Sbrooks Honolulu, HI USA 07-12-08 Member Since 2003

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    "Loved it"

    I've been a Stephen White fan for years-- his character Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist who is continually pulled into the middle of gruesome crimes-- not unlike Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware-- except I find White's books more suspenseful, intelligent, and coherent. So I was thrilled to finally see a White book available on Audible! While 'Dead Time' is probably not White's best, I thought it was right up there-- lots of twists and turns, a couple of compelling subplots, and some great nailbiting moments. Unlike the other reviewer, I really like the way White takes his time to develop conversations and settings-- it facilitates the evolution of the characters and their relationships and ultimately just makes me care that much more about what happens to them.

    I was a little worried I might not like the way the reader interpreted the characters I've grown so fond of, but he didn't let me down-- and he does an especially good "bad guy" voice!

    For me, this was one I couldn't stop listening to until I finished. Please, Audible, let's have some more of White's books on here!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kari Forestburg, Alberta, Canada 05-31-08
    Kari Forestburg, Alberta, Canada 05-31-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Definitely not my favorite..."

    I am a big Stephen White fan but this is one of my least favorite books that he has published. I kept waiting for it to get more exciting and found some of the dialogue between Alan and Sam to drone on and on unnecessarily. When the climax does come in the end and you find out "who done it" it didn't get any better for me. I found it too predictable. I still listened all the way to the end but if this had been my first book of his I would not have read any more of his books. Big disappointment after such books as Dry Ice and Cold Case etc.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 11-19-09
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Very good listen"

    "Dead Time" is the first book of Stephen White's I've read with the main character of Alan Gregory. He's a thoroughly likable person - and funny. It's not a funny book but Gregory's self-examination and thoughts make it so at times. He's totally unassuming, thoroughly human and smart. I'll read other books with Alan Gregory soon. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth VERNON, NJ, United States 09-17-13
    Beth VERNON, NJ, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Remember why I love White's Characters"

    Knowing that author White has ended this series saddens me, because I love it so much. After many books, Alan, Lauren and Sam are like old friends that I know so, so well. This book goes deeper into Alan's weaknesses and has surprising twists and turns. Really good, classic Stephen White. I like the reader a lot too. He almost always keeps the voices distinct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 08-27-12
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not good"

    The story and writing are ok I guess. My problem is, that half way into the book, I realized that I did not like ANY of the characters in the book! Therefore I did not care what happened to them and gave up on the book. There are truly no good guys or bad guys in the book. Just a bunch of people no one would like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-27-09
    Patricia CHARLOTTESVILLE, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonder if Stephen is a pseudonym for Stephanie."

    A tough combination of Dick Hills typically too emotive breathy narration in which even the basic details are filled with drama and a back and forth switching of characters seemingly written in a female tone made this a dead end for me. Far too much of the writing smacks of the tendious (to me...) discussions my wife and teen daughters have: the type of conversations that I tune out.

    If you like a book that is driven by the relationships of the characters than the plot or the character then this is for you. For me, I thought I was being made to watch "Gossip Girls" with my teen daughters...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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