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Dry Ice [Hardcover]

Stephen White
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March 6 2007 Dr. Alan Gregory Novels
New York Times bestselling author Stephen White brings back his popular character, psychologist Alan Gregory, to take on the sociopathic killer from White’s first novel—who, many years later, has walked away from a mental hospital, hungry for revenge.

It has been years since the mayhem was unleashed in Privileged Information. Now Michael McClelland, the brilliant, determined killer introduced in White’s first novel, has left the Colorado State Mental Hospital—and he’s coming after Alan Gregory’s family. The timing couldn’t be deadlier; like a cornered animal, Alan is in a deeply vulnerable state, facing severe doubts about his professional life, his marriage, and his own psyche. And McClelland holds the most powerful weapons of all: secrets from Alan’s past. Secrets Alan thought he had successfully buried years ago. Secrets not even his wife knows. Time is running out as Alan scrambles to outwit his nemesis while confronting each of his worst nightmares. His becomes a captivating psychological journey into the events that forever change us, and the relentless drumbeat of the past. Faithful readers of the series and newcomers alike will be mesmerized by this searing view into the revered doctor’s heart—with a haunting conclusion that will secure Dry Ice’s place as the most memorable of White’s novels.


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Starred Review. Contemporary cerebral thrillers don't get much better than bestseller White's 15th novel (after Kill Me), which deftly combines complex characterization and intricate plotting. White's debut novel, Privileged Information, introduced Boulder, Colo., psychologist Alan Gregory and the clever but deadly Michael McClelland, a former meteorologist turned killer, whose rampage almost cost Gregory and his wife, Lauren, their lives. In this sequel, while Lauren, a local prosecutor, is absorbed in a sensitive grand jury probe that represents her best chance to demonstrate that she can function despite her MS, Gregory learns that McClelland has escaped from custody and has devised a devious, multilayered revenge scheme against everyone he holds responsible for his incarceration. Almost overnight, Gregory finds his routine existence turned into a Hitchcockian nightmare. Suspected of several murders, he can trust no one. Both established fans and those just now discovering the author's gifts will be turning pages late into the night. (Mar.)
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In the opening chapters of this latest outing starring Boulder, Colorado, psychologist Alan Gregory, the good doctor is feeling a bit sorry for himself: his wife's MS, utterly unpredictable, is worsening; his clinical business has been anemic since one of his patients was shot to death on national television--Kill Me, 2006; and he remains haunted by long-held secrets. Just as the novel risks getting mired in this pity party, the story picks up speed when an ex-patient, Michael McClelland, escapes from the state mental institution hell-bent on retribution. No one is safe from this madman--not Alan, nor his wife, Lauren, nor his best friend (and cop) Sam. After all, McClelland tried to kill all three of them (Privileged Information, 1991) before being declared insane. Secrets are the star here; everyone has them--Alan, Lauren, Sam--and keeping them hidden just isn't working any longer. The big question is, Will Alan uncover the secret that's keeping McClelland on his heels? White's thrillers throw the characters into quagmires and then force them to wade through the psychological muck. Along the way, there's always more than enough suspense to keep readers engaged. Mary Frances Wilkens
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does our shrink need a shrink? Aug. 24 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dry IceThere were too many conflicts going on. Can one man, even Alan Gregory, handle all that? Mr. White strayed off the path with Kill Me, I'm not sure he's found his way back with Dry Ice. And the twist at the end with Adrienne and Jonas...but the main story was very captivating and kept me reading all night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHEN THE PAST CHALLENGES THE PRESENT March 29 2007
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
He's been named a Golden Voice and a Voice of the Century by AudioFile magazine. In addition, Dick Hill is the recipient of three Audie Awards. Need we say more? He's simply one of the topnotch voice artists working today, and he delivers a superb reading of Dry Ice as he assumes the persona of narrator Alan Gregory, clinical psychologist.

Diane Estevez, Gregory's partner of long standing feels it is imperative that they renovate their waiting room. He doesn't agree but hasn't the strength to protest because we hear, "Less than half a year before I'd watched a patient of mine killed on the six o'clock news. That event had shaken me to my core. I knew that my reaction to his death - emotional withdrawal mostly, my downhill slide lubricated with too much ETOH - was upsetting the equilibrium in my marriage. Controlling my decline felt beyond me. The timing wasn't ideal. My wife's MS, always a worry, was in a precarious phase. She and I each needed caretaking. Neither of us was in great shape to give it."

Actually, he needs a great deal more than caretaking - he needs protection because murderer Michael McClelland, whom we first met in Privileged Information, is out of the Colorado State Mental Hospital and on his way to Boulder to get Gregory's family. McClelland once almost cost Gregory and his wife, Lauren, their lives and it seems that he's about to rectify that oversight. Many will remember that McClelland is not only a killer but he's a highly intelligent one. It'll take every resource Gregory has to outsmart him, and right now Gregory is resource poor.

To compound matters Lauren, a deputy DA, is currently involved in a case of great import to her. A witness disappears and that witness's purse is found in Gregory's office.

This is White's 15th novel, and it's a corker as he blends suspense and psychological drama in a compelling tale that resurrects the past to challenge the present.

- Gail Cooke
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  71 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not a 5-star March 29 2007
By M. S. Butch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like other people reading these reviews, I love and look forward to the Alan Gregory novels. For the most part, I really enjoyed this one as well. BUT...it had some jarring moments. Things start to happen and, with what seems to be no reason at all, the police, the DA's office and even Alan's best friend Sam and wife Lauren suspect him of murder. Was Alan found naked in bed with a murdered floozy? No, nothing like it, so it was pretty hard to believe the level of suspicion. All of this is an engine that pushes a good part of the story, and I found it kind of annoying. Also, Alan's marriage seems to be going through a rough patch, but what explanation there was for it seemed to me to be inadequate to explain lauren's apparently high level of hostility.

In spite of the above, I read it cover to cover in almost one sitting. It certainly isn't dull!

One final note -- I HATE the surprise
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! March 15 2007
By Paula S. Lasky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've enjoyed every one of Stephen White's thrillers and found DRY ICE to be one of his best! Knowing the book would reprise the Michael McClelland character from White's first book (PRIVILEGED INFORMATION), I read it again and found it just as entertaining and suspenseful as the first time I read it. Now, with DRY ICE, I thought there wouldn't be any surprises, but I was wrong. Just when I thought I had it figured out, a new plot twist came along, adding intrigue. After so many years, I feel as if the main characters are part of my family, evolving as they face new challenges. I look forward to what the future holds in store for Dr. Alan Gregory, et al.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I WISH THE BOOK WAS 500 PAGES LONGER, MORE, MORE March 15 2007
By Savica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Stephen White. I have had to read many a book and many a script for my director and producer bosses. I still can't believe someone hasn't persuaded Stephen to put Alan on the screen, but, alas someday - just think of the casting fun. Anyway, I couldn't wait for DRY ICE - it didn't disappoint at all. Everybody is back and in wonderful form. The only part I hate about a Stephen White book is that I have to finish it. I start out slow, savoring each page and twist. I try not to read it in only one or two sittings, but alas, this one took only one. I've read them all and I still can't get enough. The characters are so well developed and the story points are so much fun to watch roll out. I can't wait until the next one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great March 16 2007
By E. Iossifov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am an avid reader - of anythithing and everything. Stephen White is one of my two all time favorite autors. His latest book - Dry Ice, is one of those books I read in less than two days. There was no other way, even though I tried to prolong the pleasure into a week. The book is strong, that is the best word I can come up with. It delivers suspence, personality of the characters, pleasure, wonder, you name it - it's there. I can't wait for his next book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait March 12 2007
By Priscilla D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been in Stephen White withdrawal since his last novel, Kill Me. I found Dry Ice to be as readable, believable, and ultimately satisfying as his previous efforts. In Dry Ice he sets out scattered clues, which he eventually weaves together artfully, while incorporating sub-plots of the characters' personal lives. The intrigue and suspense come in waves, giving a nice little jolt to the denouement. He remains one of my favorite authors.
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