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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451191692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451191694
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his fifth book about intrepid Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory, Stephen White zooms in on Gregory's wife, Lauren--an assistant district attorney who has multiple sclerosis. Protecting a friend targeted by anti-abortion terrorists, Lauren shoots at a man during a snowstorm and sets off a blizzard of recriminations. As usual, White makes the evolution of a convoluted plot as believable as the rocky landscape. Previous Gregory adventures available in paperback: Harm's Way, Higher Authority, Private Practices, Privileged Information. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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White (Higher Authority, LJ 10/1/94) wastes no time getting right to the action in this fast-paced, multilayered thriller. Opening with the shocking murder of the U.S. Surgeon General by a zealous right-to-lifer, this story shifts ahead to a mysterious shooting at the home of the surgeon's daughter, Emma. To complicate matters, the one holding the smoking gun is none other than Lauren Crowder, Boulder County deputy DA and Emma's friend. So why does Lauren risk jail to protect Emma's privacy and what does Emma have to hide? The seemingly cluttered cast of characters soon fall into place, with intriguing twists handled adeptly by best-selling author White. Reader Frank Muller adds just enough vocal nuance to differentiate characters without being overly dramatic. White's numerous fans will not be disappointed with this solid mystery. For most popular collections.?Susan McCaffrey, Sturgis Pub. Sch. Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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I don't know about the book, but the audiotape was tedious and uninteresting, the only redemption coming from Dick Hill's narration....it's amazing how many voices he did on this audiotape....but that's how many characters there are, tripping over each other's feet, as it were. Well, there's Dr. Alan Gregory and his wife, Lauren, the protagonists sort of, but don't forget Emma, who is an intern under Laura in the Boulder (Colorado?) D.A.'s office, where Laura is a D.A. Then there's the polices, Scott Malloy and a veteran whose name I can't recall. Then there's Emma's private security, a guy who used to work for the Secret Service but ends up shot and run over by the villain, J.P. Morgan. Heard that name somewhere before, have we? J.P. Morgan is a financial partner with Ethan Hahn, an inventor who has found a way to transduce bodily movements into bits, which sounds something like EMR or tomography. But anyway, Ethan gets a little carried away and wears the transducer while he's making love to Emma (it's a long story). Then there's Raul Estevez and his wife, another shrink (like Gregory). Did I leave anybody out? Like I said, tedious and contrived. What ever happened to creativity? I don't mean dreaming up fantastic, totally improbable circumstances to drive a plot, but real inventiveness. Well, that's not Stephen White's concern, I suppose. And why should it be? In a 100 years, who will care one way or the other? Diximus.
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I'm just glad this wasn't the first of Stephen White's books that I've read; if it had been, I certainly wouldn't have read any more. What a let-down after some of the other enjoyable ones, such as Private Practices and Harm's Way.
This story was implausible from start to finish; the motivation just didn't convince. What lawyer, when held by the police, would be as maddeningly evasive as the one here - especially when a few words to trusted friends/colleagues would have sorted it all out? The complex ramifications of the plot and all the coincidences were incredible; the final unravelling left me open-mouthed at the author's chutzpah in expecting the reader to swallow it. The various flash-backs and flash-forwards only added to the the confusion. I was disappointed, too, that this one was written in the 3rd person (though I can see that the labyrinthine plot could never have been contained in the 1st-person format). For me, White's books work best when Alan Gregory is the narrator. We get to see his vulnerablities and humour, and his unintentional self-revelations in the way he tells the tale. For the same reason I thought Higher Authority (also written in the 3rd person and hardly featuring Alan at all) was one of the weaker ones in the series. But compared with Remote Control, Higher Authority was a gem!
What's more I found White's attempt to make a critique of the cult of celebrity both shallow and pretentious - as superficial as the celeb-cult he was attacking. Let's hope this is a one-off blip, and that White is back on track with Critical Conditions. Give Remote Control a miss!
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As a long time White fan, I read this book shortly after it was released. I raced through it and my overwhelming reaction was "weird." I recently checked out the tape for my husband to read and decided to give the book a second chance. I suspect that the slower pacing of the tape forced me to pay attention to the many details that make this book make sense. The cyber part of the book is still pretty weird but now the mystery worked.
Alan Gregory's wife, Lauren Crowder, has center stage in this book. She's befriended Emma who has been blessed/cursed with Kennedy-like fame after the assassination of her father, the Surgeon General. Emma gets involved with a computer whiz and things start to turn ugly. The book is written in alternating chapters of present time and short-term flashback. In the present time, Lauren is standing outside of Emma's house during a blizzard. She fires her gun to warn off a stranger. The stranger is shot. Lauren is arrested -- and then goes into a medical emergency. Did Lauren shoot the stranger? What's going on in the first place?
This book is complicated. Alan and Lauren, who I normally love, are caught up in hiding too many secrets to be believed. Their refusal to confide in old friend, detective Sam Purdy, stretched their credibility considering all he's been through with them. Still, there are some truly page-turning moments and some good laughs along the way. The vision of the electric pink "bunny" on the snowplow is wonderful.
Bottom-line: This is definately NOT a book to read cold-turkey. Readers are strongly encouraged to have read at least two of the previous four Alan Gregory novels before attempting Remote Control. Then, my advice is to read this one slowly. It's not White's best work but can be a good read with the right approach.
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Stephen White, Remote Control (Signet, 1997)

Remote Control is very much one of _those_ mysteries, the kind that makes you read a couple of paragraphs at every stoplight. (Please control the urge to read while driving.) By now, we should all be familiar with White's cast of characters (Remote Control is the fourth Alan Gregory, psychiatrist-turned-don't-wanna-be-detective, novel) and his method of dropping loads of bricks on us when we're not looking, and slipping the clues in while we're still rubbing our head and cursing the building contractors. This time around, White gives us a self-absorbed technowhiz entrepreneur, a law-student intern with a recently-dead Senator father who falls head over heels for him, his abrasive partner, and a parallel thread running through the novel at the end of everything, where Alan's wife Lauren is being interrogated for the shooting of an unidentified man. Problem is, no one, including Lauren, is sure she actually shot the guy.

Yes, it all comes together perfectly (think Memento, except that both threads are moving forward-- one just moves more slowly than the other). White is one of those guys who writes good, clean, fun mysteries that are on the level of the big guns, but never gets the press they do. If you haven't yet picked up a Stephen White novel, give him a shot next time the New York Times Bestseller types are between books. *** 1/2
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