- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Adult (Aug. 7 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525952527
- ISBN-13: 978-0525952527
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #610,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Line of Fire Hardcover – Aug 7 2012
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"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."
—Amy Lignor, author of Tallent & Lowery - 13, Suspense Magazine
"Longtime fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time in the company of the always hospitable Gregory."
"White is a fine storyteller, and Gregory is a complex, compelling character whom fans have grown to love and respect."
"Line of Fire grips readers from the first few pages and doesn't let go until the last page is turned."
—Southern Colorado Literature Examiner
About the Author
Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, including The Best Revenge and Missing Persons.
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I have mixed feelings. I'm still thinking about the last part of the book when multiple storylines collide. As always, I love the dialogue. I was disappointed because people started acting out of character (SPOILER ALERT) as in - would Sam say anything to Alan about Frederick in a hospital room? Would Lauren talk about an ongoing case? Also, there were a few coincidences that stretched my ability to accept the story (SPOILER ALERT) as in - what are the odds that someone who appeared to be in a coma really wasn't?
Having said that, I am still thinking about the book - which means that I was touched by it.
First of all, I couldn't shake the idea that White must have been paid by the word because there's an awful lot of filler that I ended up skimming in hopes that I would get to a good part. There were some good, exciting parts, but they were few and far between. I just kept saying, "Where is he taking this? Why did he go there?"
Second, I'm a mental health professional, so reading about a character who is therapist has been enjoyable. However, even I became impatient with White's droning on and on about why he didn't answer a question, or why he answered as he did, or some other self-examination thing that those of us in this profession are trained to do. A little bit goes a long way, and he just did too much of it. Maybe it's entertaining to those who don't know much about the profession, but I just got bored.
I won't spoil it for those who choose to read it, but in general, the most disturbing thing of all was the direction he took with the main characters. Maybe he wanted to remind us that we never really know anyone, and they can often shock us with their actions, but I was still disappointed.
I'll probably still read the final book but, like this one, I'll wait until I can get a used paperback that doesn't cost more than $5 so I won't be angry about what I spent if the book is as bad as this one was.
Thank goodness, I was reading on a Kindle because after I finished, I searched by certain terms to see if I had missed clues because things did not make sense at the conclusion. The last part seemed to happen too quickly and some revelations didn't make sense. I can't say more without spoiling the book. At one point, suddenly a weapon appeared in one passage, and I didn't see where the weapon was ever introduced. I won't say more to spoil.
The book involved many rather complex, convoluted story lines. There are many opportunities to say, "I didn't see that coming," but not in a good way. Dr. White usually brought us along more slowly. I think he is just "through" and maybe took out his feelings, which you can read about on his website, on the characters.
The ending of the book was chaotic beyond necessity, and I was deeply disappointed in the development and denouement of key characters. It had been so long since I read the book to which this one is clearly linked that I wish I'd known that and could have reread the earlier book. The author gave sufficient reminders, but to sense the desperation, it would have been nice to have been more recently familiar with the motivation behind the chaos of this book. The author did seem to get bored and tied things up pretty quickly, logic be damned.
Still, with all that, fans of Stephen White, who are soon losing this wonderful series will find much to enjoy. There was much to savor here, but the author didn't seem interested in spending the time. Maybe he's just tired of dealing with the publishers and the publishing business, as he has pretty much said.
I will miss the characters and still don't understand why the author did some of the things he did. If you like Alan Gregory and Stephen White, you will enjoy this book. No such thing as a bad Stephen White book, you know how that saying goes. :) I have each one and will reread the all I am sure.
I suggest that you DO NOT START WITH THIS BOOK. Go back to the beginning. I have enjoyed each book. I will miss Dr. Stephen White and Dr. Alan Gregory. For the readers who may feel lost without this dynamic Alan Gregory series, check out Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. Start from the beginning there, too. The character development of her characters is exquisite and you will appreciate the richness of her storylines.