By Stephen White
(Dutton, Hardcover, 9780525952602, 448pp.)
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
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For more than twenty years, in nearly a score of bestselling crime novels, New York Times bestselling author Stephen White’s stories of Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory have captivated millions of readers. Now Compound Fractures provides a riveting last chapter to the series.
In Line of Fire, the tantalizing prelude to this final book, 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 role in a woman’s death years earlier. Alan was struggling to deal with the emotional collapse 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, the explosive conclusion to the decades-long saga, 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 he 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. Mostly, 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 storylines, and the unexpected twists that readers have come to expect.
Compound Fractures promises to be a jaw-dropping and satisfying last act in Stephen’s beloved series.
STEPHEN WHITE is a clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of nineteen previous crime novels, including The Siege, The Last Lie, and Line of Fire. He lives in Colorado.
“An excellent wrap-up to a consistently excellent series.” – Booklist on Compound Fractures
"Compound Fractures underscores what a superb writer White is. He's not just good at plotting, the crux of a fine mystery, but he infuses the story with pathos and sorrow as well as humor." - The Denver Post
Praise for Stephen White:
“Stephen White writes thrillers of the first order.” – Nelson DeMille
“With faultless pace, White excels at constructing tension-infused situations and multilayered, believable characters in this intricate narrative.” – Suspense Magazine on The Last Lie
Praise for Line of Fire:
“White is a fine storyteller, and Gregory is a complex, compelling character whom fans have grown to love and respect. It will be hard for them to say good-bye, but at least his creator appears to be planning to give him a first-class send-off.”
"Longtime fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time in the company of the always hospitable Gregory. In an author's note, White explains why he's bringing the series to an end with the 20th installment. There's one patient left in the waiting room, however. Let's hope it's a long session."
“This is truly a perfect lead-in to what is sure to be a ‘final act’ of epic proportions for Stephen White’s popular cast of characters.”
“A Stephen White thriller at its best—A juicy and very complicated crime with characters drawn close to the heart.”
– The Denver Post on Line of Fire