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A pretend birthday party becomes a real opportunity to practice using good manners. Barney and Baby Bop happily use the words "please" and "thank you" while enjoying lots of party surprises. Good manners are fundamental and Barney makes them fun.
Thirteen years ago, Tom Clone was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of Ivy Campbell. Then the chance discovery of the murder weapon - and the subsequent DNA tests - proved what Tom had claimed from day on: someone else killed Ivy. Arriving in Boulder, Colorado, to stay with his grandfather, Tom turns to clinical psychologist Alan Gregory to help him readjust to life outside prison. But psychological support isn't the only help Tom needs: the policemen who put Tom away make sure he knows they think he is still guilty; then his grandfather is attacked. And then, mysteriously, Tom disappears . . . Alan's unravelling of the truth becomes a desperate race against time in the treacherous Colorado mountains. For what he discovers is the dark chaos of a disturbing past, the twisted logic of a tormented mind, and a thirst for revenge that knows no bounds . . .
Relentlessly probing the very edge of the human psyche as only he can, psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Stephen White ratchets up the thrills in BLINDED, a new novel of psychological suspense - his most compelling and powerful yet. Gibbs Storey is a woman no man can resist. When her comfortable life is shattered by the man she thought it was safe to give her heart to, the nightmare has only just begun. Psychologist Alan Gregory is used to dealing with nightmares. But a brutal, shocking confession locks him into darkness - and forces him to choose between saving himself and saving those who will otherwise end their days pleading for mercy at the hands of a vicious serial killer. What Alan can't see is that either choice might cost him his life. . . In riveting, explosive scenes that have become his hallmark, Stephen White delivers an unsettling and gripping story that penetrates to the heart of terror and transfixes readers like no one else can.
the annals of unsolved crimes. The grisly double murder of two teenage girls who went out one crisp autumn evening--only to be found the following spring, their young bodies mutilated. A crime that left two families and a quiet mountain community irrevocably scarred. Now, more than a decade later, an organization calling itself Locard--an elite group of prosecutors, federal agents, forensic specialists, and others--is reopening the case at the request of one of the families. And one of its members, a retired FBI agent, has just summoned clinical psychologist Alan Gregory and his wife, Boulder County assistant district attorney Lauren Crowder, to Washington to join forces with them. With Lauren doing some local f/eldwork, Man is asked to create psychological profiles of the two dead girls. As he reconstructs the lives of Tami and Mariko, he discovers two girls basking in the glow of ripening adolescence yet shadowed by secrets they kept from their families and from each other. What began as an exercise in psychological detection evolves into a dangerous game of cat and mouse between Alan and Dr. Raymond Welle. A therapist turned U.S. congressman who has built an empire on the sheer force of his blustery will and fierce ambition, Welle has a damning connection to one of the victims. And his own life is not untouched by violence: Several years earlier, his wife was murdered on their Elk River Valley ranch by a suicidal patient.
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.
Once she launched jump shots and dreamed of her first date. Now she lies in a hospital bed, a beautiful girl on the verge of womanhood with enough drugs in her system to kill her. And Alan Gregory, a clinical psychologist who has seen the heights of hurrtan consciousness and the depths of human despair, sits beside her, even though she will not talk, holding her listless hand and wondering what went wrong-and why... In his new Alan Gregory novel, New York Times bestselling author Stephen White gives us his most electrifying and timely drama to date. Blending a riveting plot with acute insight and issues of national importance, Critical Conditions takes us on a spellbinding journey through a labyrinth of deception and murder-into a family's tragedy and one man's struggle to understand. Alan Gregory is called to the ICU before anyone knows the patient's name or what dark demons drove her to attempt suicide. But fifteen-year-old Merritt Strait is no ordinary depressed teenager. The daughter of a hard charging investigative reporter and a psychologist, she is also the stepsister of a little girl at the heart of a medical tragedy in the making. While Merritt clings to life in her hospital room, Chaney Strait lies near death in another hospital with an infection that is slowly destroying her heart.: Denied an experimental new treatment that could save her life by the Straits' managed-care provider, Chaney has become a symbol of a health care system driven by costs, not care. And Alan believes that somewhere along the way, Merritt has gotten lost in all the media attention surrounding her younger sibling. But as Merritt begins to recover, yet still refuses to speak, Alan suspects that something else may lie behind her suicide attempt. Then a wealthy executive of one of the family's is found dead ... and Alan and Denver detective Sam Purdy uncover shocking evidence that links Merritt to his death. With his wife, Boulder County DA Lauren Crowder, away helping her ailing mother at the risk of her own fragile health, Alan must sort through the most complex and elusive case of his career, along with his own feelings of loneliness, anger, and helplessness. More blood will be spilled and more lives destroyed before he uncovers a shattering truth about greed and callousness that kill, and how far people will go in the name of revenge ... and love.
After the shocking developments in Dry Ice, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory is struggling to deal with his newly adopted son and repair his shaky, though generally improving,. marriage. But then Alan's ex-wife, Merideth, reappears, seeking help she feels only Alan can give. Suddenly Alan is pulled into a mystery that reaches back years to a camping trip at the Grand Canyon involving Merideth's fiance and five friends whose lives were changed forever when a young woman mysteriously vanished from the Canyon floor. Enlisting the help of friend and detective Sam Purdy, Alan finds himself pitted against new demons and unseen enemies as he tries to uncover the connection between the unexplained disappearance at the Grand Canyon and Merideth's missing surrogate. The clock is ticking, and as Alan's and Sam's investigations take them from New York City to Los Angeles to the cavernous reaches of the Canyon itself, Alan unearths a series of secrets and deceptions that someone wishes to keep buried at all costs. With his characteristically intelligent and relentlessly paced writing, White offers a thriller that not only builds upon recent revelations but stands alone as a compulsively readable introduction to one of fiction's most compelling heroes.
What does it take to create a killer? Can similarly cruel circumstances give birth to one sinner, and one saint? When Alan Gregory looks in the mirror- and into his past-which reflection does he see? It has been many years since the mayhem was unleashed in Privileged Information. Now Michael McClelland, the brilliant, determined murderer introduced in the first Alan Gregory novel, has left the Colorado State Mental Hospital-and he's coming after Alan's family. The timing couldn't be deadlier; like a wounded 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. This searing view into the doctor's heart leaves us with a haunting question: How far will someone go to protect all that they know and love?
Dr. Alan Gregory's fiance, attorney Lauren Crowder, is thrown into a maelstrom of violence as a case of sexual harassment strikes a devastating chord among the nation's most powerful leaders. But this legal time bomb soon explodes when crucial evidence disappears, and a killer strikes. Higher Authority is a work of fiction. The characters and events described are entirely the product of the author's imagination. Much of the story takes place in a uniquely American and uniquely western world, that was created by the Mormon followers of Joseph Smith in a land Brigham Young called Deseret. We call it Utah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, popularly known as the Mormon Church, is depicted in this story as an essential cultural and religious backdrop to fictional events and fictional characters. All locales described in the book are used fictitiously. No actual event or incident is intentionally portrayed; any resemblance is coincidental. Although certain prominent Mormons, some alive and some deceased, are quoted in the book to provide contemporary context for the story, any resemblance between a character and an actual person, living or dead, is entirely coincidental, with the exception of Senator Orrin Hatch, who appears briefly as a character. In no way does the book attempt to portray Senator Hatch's actual conduct.
We've all said it-or heard it-when we learn that someone we love is desperately ill or has been tragically injured: "If that ever happens to me, I wish someone would just... kill me." What if you could choose when to die? But once you decide, you can't change your mind. Ever. No matter what. Welcome to the next step in the evolution of suspense fiction. Kill Me is a brilliantly conceived roller-coaster ride that zeros in on some of the most provocative issues of our time- the human yearning for connection, and the choices we make about how we live, and how we die. Relentlessly paced and intelligent, Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. A man walks into Dr. Gregory's practice playing a game of cat and mouse, slowly revealing a progression of deadly secrets while trying to influence how the game will end. Kill Me delivers on all the promise of White's earlier work and then raises the bar in an unforgettably inventive tale of survival and mortality. This is the book that you won't be able to put down; but more to the point, this is the book that won't go away after you have raced to the last page.
Stephen White, hailed for his "smart, deftly plotted thrillers," returns to the much-beloved Alan Gregory series with an intricate crime story that places his entire ensemble of Boulder characters in a labyrinth of deception and secrecy. Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors--a legend in women's rights law and his beautiful wife--the couple hosts a house-warming party that ends in quiet disaster. One guest, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Aware that something went terribly wrong, she goes to the police, starting a chain of events that will have devastating consequences for everyone involved. A national celebrity is soon accused of rape--with eerie similarities to another notorious Colorado case. Lauren, a deputy DA, and detective Sam Purdy both learn facts they can't share with Alan, but Alan discovers that he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the housewarming. Before he can decipher the puzzle, a crucial witness is murdered. Alan fears that other witnesses--people he loves--could be next.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR STEPHEN WHITE RETURNS WITH THE BEGINNING OF THE DRAMATIC TWO-BOOK CONCLUSION TO HIS ACCLAIMED SERIES--A GRIPPING THRILLER ABOUT THE EXPLOSIVE SECRET THAT COULD COST ALAN GREGORY EVERYTHING. Dr. Gregory is starting to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient captivates him, but the interlude of calm doesn't last. Devastating fires are threatening Boulder. Alan's dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse. And Alan's most pressing fear--the exposure of a dangerous secret-- has become a peril too real to ignore. A new witness has surfaced, causing the police to reopen their investigation into the suicide of a woman named Justine Winter Brown. When Alan and his equally culpable friend, Sam Purdy, inadvertently disclose their involvement in her death to a stranger, any confidence they feel about riding out a renewed investigation evaporates. The trail that leads to Alan and Sam, once cold, has turned white-hot. With his vulnerability mounting daily, Alan suspects that his mesmerizing new patient may be the catalyst that could cause everything he treasures--his marriage, his family, his friendships, and his future--to implode. As flames lick at the city, the story hurtles toward a shocking conclusion that leaves the stage set for a jaw-dropping last act--the upcoming final book in the two-decades-long Alan Gregory saga.
Clinical psychologist Alan Gregory faces disgrace and ruin when several of his attractive female clients die untimely deaths. But professional ethics prevent Gregory from revealing the "privileged information" that will clear his name and perhaps save his life-since the killer responsible for these deaths may be one of his patients.
Take a character as multi-dimensional as Tony Soprano. Pair him with a mother and daughter in peril and on the run. Add a clinical psychologist tasked with helping them negotiate their new lives - a program with an agenda all its own - and the result is a book that Stephen White's peers are already calling "one of the best thrillers you will ever read" (William Bernhardt) and "an exciting ride through a dark region of law enforcement. " (Peter Abrahams). When New Orleans District Attorney Kirsten Lord and her nine-year-old daughter are imperiled by a chillingly believable death threat, Lord has no other choice but to accept the Witness Protection Program's offer to hide them in Boulder, Colorado. There, they meet program veteran Carl Luppo, a solitary mob hit man who is tormented by his former life and has nothing but time for regret. Sensing that Lord and her daughter's safety has been compromised, Luppo takes on the role of sentinel, fully realizing this might be his last shot at redemption. While Lord suspects that Luppo's warnings about the program's dark side are for her own protection and that she should believe the former assassin's instincts, the only person she can really trust is nine-years-old.
With this newest riveting Dr. Alan Gregory thriller, bestselling author Stephen White unfolds a compelling psychological tale of complex moral issues, intrigue, and murder. Emma Spire is the daughter of the assassinated Surgeon General of the United States. She has been on the cover of every national magazine. Her beauty, her brains, her bravery--all are public property. She is fair game for celebrity sharks the country over. Everyone wants a piece of her--and she must escape the feeding frenzy at all costs. But she cannot, and the consequences are deadly. Thus the stage is set for Dr. Alan Gregory'*fliost stunning, brainteasing crisis yet. The Colorado-based psychologist-sleuth must solve a case of twisted desire and terror to save not only a golden girl pursued by the furies of fame but also his wife, Boulder County D.A Lauren Crowder, imprisoned on suspicion of murder. For it was Lauren who took Emma under her wing, and it was Lauren who pulled the trigger on the mysterious stalker who menaced Emma's safety and sanity. Complicating the case is a six-foot-eight defense attorney with a razor tongue and the extraordinary ex wife he employs as a pnvate investigator; a take-charge man out of Emma's past, whom she trusts perhaps not too wisely; and the biotech genius tycoon, who has used Emma in a way she cannot forget or forgive. Step by step, amid accelerating acts of terror, Alan Gregory suspects he may be dealing not with a sick mind fixated on a fantasy of female perfection but with deadly greed fueled by a high-tech prize that may be worth billions. Meanwhile, his investigation is turned into a desperate race against time as a medical emergency threatens to turn his wife's incarceration into a death sentence. SSet in the beautifully rendered Colorado locale that Stephen White has staked out as his own fictional territory, peopled by a cast of characters who range the spectrum from the ordinary to the bizarre.
Stephen White--author of over a dozen New York Times bestsellers-- returns with a relentlessly propelled, thriller that will remind readers of his acclaimed Kill Me. Stephen White's Alan Gregory novels are beloved by both fans and critics--the most recent, Dead Time, was a USA Today and Book-Sense bestseller. In The Siege, Gregory's longtime friend Sam Purdy takes center stage in a story that feels ripped from tomorrow's headlines. From the first page on, readers need to be buckled in for a nonstop ride full of terror and pathos. As a lovely weekend approaches on the Yale campus it appears that a number of students--including the sons of both the Secretary of the Army and newest Supreme Court justice--may have gone missing. Kidnapping? Terrorism? The authorities aren't sure. But the high-profile disappearances draw the attention of the CIA and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team. Attention quickly focuses on the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself in New Haven, where he is quickly snared by an unlikely pair of Feds: FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake. Sam, Poe, and Dee join together, desperately trying to solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus. The clock is pounding in their ears. The unknown enemy is playing by no known rules . . . is making no demands . . . is refusing to communicate with the hostage negotiator . . . is somehow anticipating every FBI move . . . is completely unconcerned about getting away . . . And . . . is sending students, one by one, out of the building's front door to die.
A fresh and compelling interpretation of Russian politics by a leading authority, this textbook focuses on political developments in the world's largest country under Putin and Medvedev. Using a wealth of primary sources, it covers economic, social and foreign policy, and the 'system' of politics that has developed in recent years. Opposing arguments are presented and students are encouraged to reach their own judgements on key events and issues such as privatisation and corruption. This textbook tackles timely topics such as gender and inequality issues; organised religion; the economic krizis; and Russia's place in the international community. It uses numerous examples to place this powerful and richly-endowed country in context, with a focus on the place of ordinary people which shows how policy is translated to Russians' everyday lives.
Sometimes the warning signs come too late...The brutal slaying of Boulder's controversial D.A. strikes deep in the heart of everything clinical psychologist Alan Gregory holds dear: After all, Alan's wife, Lauren, worked for the dead man.When a new patient walks into Alan's office--a terrified mother with an explosive secret--he finds himself edging even closer to the darkness. Soon her privileged exchanges convince Alan that a crime is about to be committed. And when he uncovers a shocking link to the D.A.'s slaying, Alan is suddenly locked in the ethical dilemma of his career, thrust into a desperate manhunt for a killer whose identity no one could have guessed. As the minutes tick down, Warning Signs explodes into a gripping story of crime and punishment, tragedy and retribution--and of human beings caught in the shattering cross fire of forces beyond their control...forces sometimes within themselves.From the Paperback edition.
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