Compound Fractures

Compound Fractures

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2013
ISBN: 9780525952602
Branch Call Number: WHI
Characteristics: 438 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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PJD
May 21, 2017

A good story line.

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sandra80
May 23, 2016

I liked the series and liked this last book and ending to it. At the same time sad there won't be more.

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Yorkshire12
Oct 05, 2015

Dr. Alan Gregory has been a favourite character since I started reading Stephen White's novels. However, I was disappointed with Dr. Gregory's portrayal in this last novel of the series. A thin plot, the story really never takes hold.

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dheidt
Sep 08, 2015

Disappointing end to this series. Turned Gregory into a weak, sniveling character.

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rahmmie
Aug 29, 2015

Big disappointment. Considering this was the last book in the Alan Gregory series, I was expecting something much better. The plot was extremely thin and despite the multiple cameos by characters from previous books the story never really grabs the reader. The one thing I really enjoyed was the character of Jona.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jun 30, 2015

It says this is his last book of the series. Hope he changes his mind and writes more. It really helps if you remember details from the series or at least read line of fire first..it's sad tho that all his original characters from the series are either killed off or someone you never knew after all

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pamstonge
Nov 11, 2014

Start with his first novel

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ndexter
Jun 15, 2014

Stephen White's Alan Gregory series concludes with; a resonable tale, old plot and the evolving behavior and attributes of his main character.The aforementioned in my opinon has made reading of the latest books very difficult. Among these is a whining, paranoid, egocentric, who analyzes his; wife, wedding, love life, and other personal situations like they are all unattached, unrelated patients/ object Also, it seems in this storyline situations are fabricated in an attempt to enhance an aura of drama and suspense. I'm sure Alan will be back, but it's a good time for a break.

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yorkshire10
Jan 03, 2014

So sad that this series has come to an end. Will look forward to new stories with new characters, with richly woven plot lines, as Stephen White can do so well.

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gloryb
Nov 10, 2013

Read this one soon after reading "Line of Fire" to ensure remembrance of characters, motives, and events which effect the plot in this novel. Otherwise, a reader could get lost in so many details and connections. For me, this novel is not a stand alone nor one to be recommended as a first read by this author.
The action in this novel focuses entirely on Alan. There are no distractions of stories..subplots.. told by his clients. Alan comes across as being paranoid, close to breaking and in need of a therapist himself. Interesting to see how the author ties up the clues into a tidy ending, however manipulated or far out they may seem. I thought at one point in the story that both Alan and Sam would kill each other because of mistrust, but I was wrong. White kept some of his characters alive while killing off others. Having read all of his Alan Gregory novels, I hope White continues to write as I enjoy his storytelling style.

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