Suzanne N. (suziwong) reviewed Higher Authority (Dr. Alan Gregory, Bk 3) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
It has been a few years since I read this book,and I enjoyed it, BUT I am a member of the LDS (Mormon) church and have known quite a few Higher Authorities. I did not feel the church was portrayed accurately. I was very surprised by the bias or lack of research since Stephen White is one of my favorites.
A good thriller, well thought out plot line. A little dated - descriptions of pre-9/11 airline regulations are downright quaint, and more than once I found myself thinking, "why don't they just call her cell phone?" - but that can't be helped.
Overall, a very good story. I was hooked after the first 10-15 pages and stayed hooked all the way through.
Great! Zipped through it because it was so hard to put down. Reading it at this time was interesting with its focus on the Mormon church. White tells a good story that kept me turning the pages long after I should have turned out the light.
I have read Stephen White books for awhile now. I was going to give up reading this book (a first for me with Mr. White) because I just was not interested in the LDS angle of the book. I'm glad I stuck with it. I learned a lot about LDS and the book was a good read after I got into it.
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.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
The sudden death of Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch propels his successor, Lester Horner, first into Hatch's Senate seat and then on to become the first Mormon associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Carried along with Horner is Blythe Oaks, an ambitious and intelligent woman who is also Horner's favorite law clerk and a fellow Mormon. But Blythe's reputation - and, by extension, Lester Horner's - is threatened when a female former employee accuses her of sexual harassment and career sabotage. In Higher Authority White shifts his focus from Dr. Alan Gregory, the hero of Privileged Information and the national bestseller Private Practices, to Alan's fiancee, Lauren Crowder. The pool-shooting deputy D.A.'s life is already complicated enough as she picks her way through her relationship with Alan at the same time she is fighting her quiet and dignified battle with multiple sclerosis. But since Blythe's accuser happens to be Lauren's kid sister, aspiring stand-up comic Teresa Crowder, Lauren plunges into the case. And she gets immediate help from an old law school buddy, Robin Torr, whose practice is in Salt Lake City. When, suddenly, Blythe Oaks is savagely murdered in Washington, D.C., the lengths to which someone will go to protect secrets that might prove embarrassing to higher authorities in the church are starkly revealed. And as Crowder and Torr probe more and more deeply into these secrets, with timely help from Alan Gregory and his old friend Detective Sam Purdy of the Boulder, Colorado, police, White's tough but determined women find the body count growing and themselves placed in jeopardy by a remorseless killer.
Attorney Lauren Crowder recommends a Salt Lake City lawyer for her younger sister, who has accused her former boss, an impeccably Mormon woman with high political and church connections, of sexual harassment. Crowder assists a private investigator in gathering information on the potentially explosive case, but murder intervenes: someone kills the P.I. and the former boss. Crowder then calls upon boyfriend Alan Gregory to outmaneuver the ubiquitous, corrupt tentacles of the Mormon church.
Sinister and scary. Dr. Alan Gregory's fiancee, attorney Lauren Crowder, is thrown into a maelstrom of violence as a case of sexual harassment strikes a devastating chord amont the nations' most powerful leaders. But this legal time bomb soon explodes when crucial evidence disappears, and a killer strikes. From Washington's corridors of power to the inner sanctum of the Mormon Church, Lauren and Alan try desperately to make sense of this nightmare, and stop a killer dead in his bloddy tracks. But as secret upon secret is uncovered, the evil path of death shows no sign of ending.
Everything you always wanted to know about Mormons but were afraid to answer the door on a Saturday morning to find out. In this one, Alan Gregory plays more of a secondary character to his girlfriend/fiancee Lauren, who races all over the four corners first to help her sister's harassment case, then to help her sister stay alive. It's clear that a great deal of research went into writing this one, and the material is presented in such a way that it never gets too dry or preachy. Very good. I liked it a lot.
Lauren Crowder travels to Utah to ask a friend to take her sister's sexual harrassment lawsuit against her former boss. In filing suit against her boss she is taking on the Mormon Church and their newly appointed Supreme Court Judge. People are dying. Is it because of the lawsuit or is there something deeper to be learned. Very good story.
"Higher Authority" is my 3rd Stephen White book. I love the way he builds his characters, totally human, with many good points, and flaws, as well. Mr. White keeps the action moving, not at a frenetic pace, while at the same time, keeps enough balls in the air to keep it interesting. In this particular outing, I thought he got a little preachy (if you've read the book, or plan on reading it, that is pun intended!), and let himself get away from the story. I still give "Higher Authority" a very high rating. I liked it, and if you like not so heavy mystery thrillers, with likeable realistic characters, good story telling, go for this one, you won't be disappointed.
Seems like the Mormon Church has become the source of a sinister sect that for some unknown reason is spilling blood. Time is running out for the Dr Gregory's fiancee. The why is the core of this mystery. I was caught up on both who and why. Kept my attention although more than one superficial character failed to reappear in the story after being introduced. Clues: dog, blood, college lesbians, Supreme Court.