Dry Ice Hardcover – Mar 6 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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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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